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Mutant / Hybrid "Beast" Killed in Maine

08/18/2006 9:28 AM

OK, I'm not sure what to make of this, but thought I'd post it for your edification. Apparently, a doglike "mutant beast" has been terrorizing Turner, Maine, killing local pets. The creature was stuck by a car and killed a few days ago. It is described as "weighing 40-50 pounds with charcoal gray fur, a short snout, fangs, and short ears."

This article from the Bangor Daily News provides some details, while this one from MSNBC has a picture of the dead beast's (decidedly fake-looking) head.

So what is it? A dog, a wolf, a hyena, or a hoax drummed up to improve tourism and sell T-shirts? We should know soon as tissue samples have been sent to a lab for DNA analysis. It's interesting to note that neither article mentions what lab it was sent to.

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tale as old as time; song as old as rhyme....

08/18/2006 11:22 AM

Aww good olde Maine - I'll be curious to see what DNA tests reveal.

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Re:tale as old as time; song as old as rhyme....

08/18/2006 2:45 PM

That's disappointing, I would have expected something like this from New Hampshire, but not Maine.

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Re:tale as old as time; song as old as rhyme....

09/12/2006 2:40 AM

Maine, eh. Maybe from Steven King's yard? (Cue spooky music)

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Mutant beast

08/18/2006 10:50 PM

Ya know, I've actually seen that animal before, but I swear I can't remember where. Too many late nights watching Animal Planet. Anyway, it's time to feed Fluffy, my half bat half elk. Vermin-

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08/19/2006 4:08 AM

While I was reading this article there was an article screening on the National Geographic Channel about artic foxes and the photograph looks EXACTLY like an arctic fox. I know the fox is considerably smaller than that stated but there is no scale on the photograph. Talk about serendipity.

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08/19/2006 6:08 AM

With global warming it could be a really well fed arctic fox. I've heard a lot of guys from Kentucky seeing exotic lizards that escape from their owners... The locals think they're dionsaurses! Vermin-

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Re: Mutant beast

04/29/2010 10:25 AM

I have seen that face many times in medieval paintings and etchings.

It is absolutely the face of "the beast".

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Mystery Beast

08/19/2006 7:37 AM

The animal is a mixed bread of the "Chow Dog" family. Having been a "Chow" owner year ago in Florida, Black ones to be more specific. It is a mixed, non-pure bread Chow. Most Black Chows' are territorial and if left on their own, will turn rogue and become dominate or rather the "Alpha Dog", of a given area claimed by that Chow as its' "turf", and will play havoc on all other animals in the claimed area. Great picture.

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08/19/2006 9:22 AM

Yup, that's what The Globe is reporting. This article has a better picture of "The Beast", too.

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08/19/2006 9:52 AM

I've had a few animals that decided to play in the road and looked like things from outer space rather than old Blacky after that truck ran him over .

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Re:Mystery Beast

08/21/2006 1:37 AM

Exactly right

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Re:Mystery Beast

08/23/2006 6:16 PM

I think the people that are speculating on the identity of this Dog need some medical help from the nice people in white coats. Especially the people that think this is a Dingo or Tasmanian Devil. Actually I think it must be a cow, it's more plausible than a Tassy Devil. Try this address for a real pic of a Tassy Devil http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/Topics/JCOK-6 9973H?open.

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Re:Mystery Beast

09/14/2006 9:27 AM

The above link to pictures of the Tasmanian devil has changed. The new page is here

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