As humans, we have always been intrigued about life outside the planet we call home. And each time something about aliens comes up on TV or the internet, the entire world goes into a frenzy trying to find out what it is, where it is, and how genuine it is!
That’s exactly what happened when news about the discovery of an alien in South Africa splashed across the internet earlier this month. Discovered by a 17 year old youth called Curt Leigh Dixon in Plettenberg Bay on the country’s southern coast, the so called ‘dead alien’ came complete with a thin wrinkled body, spindly arms, giant teeth and a shriveled head.
Curt on the other hand, was positive that he had found an alien corpse and wasted no time in notifying the villagers who for the most part, confirmed that it was indeed an alien corpse that proved the existence of aliens on our planet. A few modest individuals however, claimed that the corpse looked somewhat like a monkey or seal, or maybe a cross breed.
Images of the creature (which were taken by national park ranger Llewellyn Dixon) were splashed all over the TV and internet for thousands of individuals to see. And within minutes, the photos become viral and started getting comments from everyone, including star gazers who actually claimed that they could pinpoint the exact origin of the alien, and even some who believed that it was “Kate Moss sunburnt in Plettenberg Bay”.
Alas! Curt’s (and everyone else who believed it was an alien) bubble burst when local vet Dr. Magdalena Braum performed an autopsy on the corpse and revealed what it was within minutes – a mummified baby baboon; possibly one that was closer to home than many thought.
The so called alien creature was in fact a newborn baboon that had died immediately after birth, with the umbilical cord still attached to the body. Apparently female, the baboon might have died due to a bite on her scull that would have caused infanticide.
Dr. Braum also attributed the mummified and misshapen body to the fact that the dead baboon might have been carried around by her mother for several days afterwards before being discarded. This would explain her long and extremely narrow mid-section.
Despite a factual report from the vet, some locals in Plettenberg Bay still consider the corpse to be an alien, citing that its long teeth and rigid legs could never resemble a baboon (go figure).
The news of the South African alien corpse came just a month after a local farmer in China claimed to have captured and electrocuted an alien that had crash landed in a UFO on his farm (he had posted a photo of himself standing next to an alien kept in a box). Although his story sounded believable, detailed reports revealed that he had in fact made the UFO himself with rubber, and had in fact made the alien himself as well. The man was eventually jailed for his unsuccessful attempt to become famous overnight.