Mystery 'monster' animal washes up on New York beach - video

A strange-looking creature has become the subject of conspiracy theories in New York.

A dead animal washed up on a New York beach last week, with people debating that it is either a dog, a pig, a giant rat or some form of mutant beast, reports The Telegraph.

The New York Parks Department have stated that it is a pig that has become bloated after being in the river, but it appears to have toes instead of hooves.

The animal was found by Denise Ginley, who photographed it after walking under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Mrs Ginley said: "We were horrified by it and we took some camera phone pictures and then finally we decided to come back with my camera and I got up the courage to climb over the fence and get closer to it.

"I definitely agree that the feet are not pig-like at all. No hooves or cloven feet to be seen it definitely had five toes on all its paws, front and back."

She added: "I think it could be a monstrously huge rat, but it could also be a monster. A rat that big would pretty much be a monster anyway, wouldn't it?"

An online writer later launched a conspiracy theory, stating: "I don't think it's purely coincidence that these unidentifiable creatures have washed up on shores around Plum Island where the government has their Centre for Animal Diseases.

"I think these poor things are lab experiments the govt doesn't want us to know about."

However, a New York Parks Department officer said: "It was a pig left over from a cookout. We disposed of it.

"It was a roasted pig we threw it out. We didn't count its toes, we just threw it out."

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