Locals believe a hideous creature found dead in a European mountain range is the legendary Chupacabra.
Experts are struggling to identify the macabre remains of the ‘mutant’ animal , which was discovered in the Carpathian Mountains.
It does not look like any known creature, according to Ukraine’s TSN channel.
The mummified corpse appears to have several rows of teeth, four legs, a long tail and small, oval-shaped eyes.
It was found by a man walking through Kolomyja town, Ivano-Frankivsk region.
The man later said: “I was shocked by the number of teeth
“It is not a cat. Cats’ teeth are different.
“I saw 3 or 4 rows here.”
His wife added: “Just look at this. Such a horrible creature.
“A Chupacabra was our first thought.”
The infamous Chupacabra is believed to kill rabbits and drink their blood.
Ukrainian wildlife expert Mykhailo Luschak said: “This animal does not fit the description of any known species.
“It has got double upper cutting teeth.
“Other teeth features that are not common for any known animal.”
Previously, mysterious remains found in the region have turned out to be martens.
The latest corpse was examined by biologists at Ivano-Frankivsk University.
They concluded the head is too big for a marten and have demanded a DNA test on the animal.
Gruesome pictures of the brown-coloured animal show its has deadly fangs, a longish neck and short front legs.
Earlier sightings led to claims that such mutants could be foxes poisoned by radiation.
Another theory is that it might be a hybrid originating from a Soviet plant conducting tests on animals relating to chemical or biological weapons development.
A 2012 sighting concluded a similar-looking creature could be a hybrid originating from a Soviet plant conducting tests on animals relating to chemical or biological weapons development.
“A creature we were not supposed to see has escaped from a secret defence lab,” said one comment.
Mikhail Ilchenko, deputy head of the district veterinary service in Mikhailovskoe, told Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukraine: “The animal doesn’t look like a fox or a wolf, or a raccoon.”