In a remote village in Thailand, locals discovered an animal that looked to be a cross between a buffalo and a crocodile. The creature was born to a buffalo with a history of birthing healthy calves. It died shortly after being born.
Despite its terrifying appearance, some villagers remain certain that the creature’s brief existence will promise good fortune.
In fact, one photo of it uploaded to Facebook received this comment:
“Praise to God.”
Another commenter had this to say about its ‘spiritual’ significance:
“It is surprising and is believed to bring good luck to the family and the village.”
While the correlation between good luck and a deformed animal is a mystery to just about everybody except the people in Thailand, at least they're making the best of an odd situation.
Villagers in a remote Thai village have been left bewildered and terrified by the appearance of this bizarre creature.
The strange looking animal has dark, scaly skin like a reptile and a crocodile-shaped head – despite being born from a buffalo.
Footage of the odd creature shows it laid out on a table as a gathering crowd prods its scaly skin and head while lighting candles and incense.
The animal surfaced in High Rock, Wanghin in Thailand, and was born to a buffalo, local website Rath reported.
It was claimed the buffalo had given birth to a previous litter of perfectly healthy calves.
But exactly how the creature came to grow scales and form an elongated snout akin to a crocodile remains a mystery – though villagers now hope it will bring them good luck.