July 28, 2012
They say it’s a raccoon?
Earlier, possible identifications of the bloated carcass recently found on the shoreline of the East River included a dog or a cooked pig.
The Department Chair of Zoology at Weber State University Dr. Sam Zeveloff, now tells us that he and his colleagues think the mutilated creature is most likely a raccoon.
“Several of us here think it is a raccoon! Its dentition from what can be seen, most resembles a raccoon’s; so do its fingers,” he wrote in an email.
The Montauk Monster, a similar looking bloated creature that washed up on a Montauk beach in 2008, was also determined to be a raccoon.
OK, that’s it ….
July 25, 2012
Is it fake? What is it?
Here’s how the carcass of the animal, which clearly has had rigor mortis set in, is first described by Gothamist:
Our tipster wrote, “Is this another incarnation of the Montauk Monster, or just the biggest rat in the city?” The animal was under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side, and was “maybe two feet, a bit more perhaps, head to tail.”
The Montauk Monster, if you haven’t heard of it, was a similar occurrence in 2008 of an unknown animal carcass being sighted in Montauk, Long Island. Tetrapod Zoology on Science Blogs reported at the time that the “monster” was most likely a raccoon that had such an odd appearance given its level of decomposition.
East River monster?