An animal caught on camera at a park has left experts scratching their heads over what it might be.
Officials at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Texas, US, have been left mystified by the sighting of a long, four-legged creature after being asked to identify it.
It was caught on camera by a visitor to the park, but after being dumbfounded they decided to post the image online in the hope someone might be able to lend a hand.
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Staff at the park uploaded a black-and-white image of the beast on social media asking whether it might be something that escaped from a zoo or could even be a new species entirely.
The post read: “Captured on game camera – a mystery animal lurking in the Rio Grande Valley! We're scratching our heads trying to identify this elusive creature.
“Is it a new species? An escapee from a nearby zoo? Or just a park ranger in disguise??
“Regardless, it's thrilling to see such an incredible animal in its natural habitat. We'll keep you updated as we continue to investigate this mystery.”
Hundreds have turned out to throw in their two-pence about what this mysterious midnight monster might be.
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A huge variety of answers poured in with everything from a capybara to a bear and anteater all coming up in the suggestions.
Requests for samples of the earth in the area were lodged in the hope that DNA might be recovered to aid the investigation.
Some felt that it could even be a cross between two species.
Some were even a bit annoyed at the park, saying it was clearly a badger and were miffed about how it hadn’t already had a label stuck on it.
According toUniLad , one said: "I hoped I would see something truly mysterious, and worthy of a head scratch. Didn’t even have to look closely. Unimpressed.”
Staff have since given an update on the matter saying: “We agree with many of the comments that this is very likely an American Badger”.
They added that: “While American Badgers are not commonly seen in the valley this is part of their natural range.”
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