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Poor wee beastie

Daily Fail delivers more weirdness:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263923/Oriental-Yeti-discovered-remote-Chinese-woodlands.html
(Please don't hold me responsible for any injury caused by facepalming if you read the comments)

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Hairless 'Oriental Yeti' sent for DNA testing by stumped animal experts
A mysterious hairless creature dubbed the 'Oriental Yeti' has baffled scientists after emerging from the ancient woodlands in remote central China.

The bizarre looking beast was trapped by hunters in Sichuan province after locals reported spotting the creature, which they originally thought was a bear.

Stumped local animal experts have shipped the mystery animal to scientists in Beijing who will perform DNA tests on the beast.

Hunter Lu Chin explained: 'It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn't have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo.'

It also does not sound like a bear - it has a voice more like a cat and it is calling all the time - perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe it's the last one?

'There are local legends of a bear that used to be a man and some people think that's what we caught,' he added.

Despite its nickname, the albino-looking creature doesn't appear to resemble the traditional image of a yeti.

Also known as the Abominable Snowman, a yeti is a mythological creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet.

Investigators believe that at least two types of yeti exist: the dzu-teh ('big thing'), which is 7ft-8ft tall, and the nich-teh, which is 5ft-6ft.

Warning: picture shows lovely wee beastie in a cage, it's a bit sad.
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My first thought was that it is a civet with a skin condition; some people are saying fossa. If it is a fossa, the real wtf is why it was caught in China.
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