A New Hampshire police department's Facebook post has prompted some wild speculation about an odd looking animal spotted near a local school.
Merrimack Police posted a photo of a scrawny animal spotted on Tuesday morning on Baboosic Lake Road near the Upper Elementary School. They said the animal is most likely a coyote, and New Hampshire Fish and Game advised them to leave it alone since it isn't menacing or vicious.
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The animal's unusual appearance had many of the department's Facebook followers commenting on what they think it is.
"Creepy photo," said Deb Carter.
"Looks like a zombie dog!" added Tim O'Keefe. "Still feel bad for it though. I hope it is ok."
Lori Ann remarked t hat the animal "looks like roadkill that got up and walked away."
Others said the beast looked like a hyena, a red fox with mange or even a tiny moose.
Several people noted that it bears a striking resemblance to the legendary creature known as the chupacabra.
Coleen Manning Linke said she saw a similar creature in her driveway a few years ago. "That thing still haunts me."