What has a skull, no neck, and wings? No there is no witty punch line to that question, and scientists in Russia are just as stumped over the answer as you probably are.
The strange little creature was found close to the banks of the River Kovashi, near Sosnovy Bor, Russia.
The two residents, who stumbled across the body by chance, initially believed it to be a discarded mutant chicken embryo, the natural conclusion.
But wanting to be certain. it has been passed on to men in white coats to poke and prod until the identity has been confirmed.
So far this has proven to be somewhat problematic. From its physical appearance the species cannot be identified, with one researcher saying ‘It seems that this body is neither fish nor fowl – this creature has a mysterious skull, no neck and wings.’
DNA testing is likely the next step and the body has allegedly been sent to Moscow to undergo the necessary examinations.
But the mystery has already set the tongues wagging of UFO spotters across the globe, with editor of UFO Sightings Daily declaring: “This tiny alien body was found near a river in Russia and has no resemblance to any animal known”
It is easy to mock I guess, but until the results are back you do have to keep an open mind. Who knows? Maybe aliens are already among us.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.