Experts split over beast on the beach

Mystery beast: Experts divided over nature of the beach beast. PIC: Peter Bailey.

Mystery beast: Experts divided over nature of the beach beast. PIC: Peter Bailey.

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The discovery of a gruesome carcass on a Pembrokeshire beach has sparked off massive debate in the county as to its identity.

The Western Telegraph’s Facebook photograph of the animal body reached more than 65,000 people and attracted 650+ comments within hours of it being put up on Monday morning.

The corpse - the size of a large dog and with fierce-looking teeth and sharp claws - was pictured on Tenby’s South Beach by local resident Peter Bailey.

Speculation over its species began when he posted the photograph to the Spotted Tenby page on Facebook.

Mr Bailey, aged 27, was taking his dog for her evening walk across the beach just after 5.30pm on Friday evening when they came across the body,.

His 18-week-old Siberian Husky, Maisy, reacted dramatically to the discovery.

“She started acting out of character by howling and running round in circles,” Mr Bailey told the Western Telegraph. “I ran up to her to see if she was ok and then I came across this hideous-looking carcass.

“I could see it had little hair left on its decomposing body. Immediately I though it was a horse, but it had claws like a bear and a body of a pig.

“Suprisingly, it didn’t smell.”

Facebook users entered enthusiastically into the Western Telegraph’s request to ‘solve the mystery of the Beast from the East’, with suggestions including a sealion, bear, wild boar, horse, pig, hippo and ‘Simon Cowell‘, with badger and dog frequently recurring. There were even unfounded hints of a hoax, and links to YouTube footage of a similarly-strange animal body washed up on the riverbank in New York.

The Western Telegraph sent a photograph of the corpse to animal experts in the county, with Tenby vets suggesting it could be a badger and both Folly Farm and Pembrokeshire College’s Animal Care team believing that it is a dog.

“We all think it is a bull terrier- type dog due to the bridge in the head/nose, or a cross breed, due to the long hair,” said Animal Unit relief technician, Natasha Rees.

“Although better pictures would make it easier to identify, on what we can see, we think a dog that’s been in the water for a while.

“Animals that have been in the water for long periods of time swell up, become bloated, change colour and the hair comes away.

“It is definitely not a seal or marine animal as the limbs are too long and the teeth structure and the head does not match. Yes, the head looks like a horse, but the neck is too short.“even for a Shetland type horse and the limbs are not in the right position. Due to the recent winds from the east, it would have come from the mainland making it more possible for it to be a dog".

The carcass is believed to have been washed back out to sea.

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5:20pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Ursus Maritimus says...

That's almost definitely a badger. The body shape, fur and teeth all fit.
That's almost definitely a badger. The body shape, fur and teeth all fit. Ursus Maritimus
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5:37pm Wed 27 Feb 13

harfordboy says...

They can pull a burger apart and tell there is horse inside it but no expert can tell what this is...anything to sell £1 newspapers.
They can pull a burger apart and tell there is horse inside it but no expert can tell what this is...anything to sell £1 newspapers. harfordboy
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11:40pm Wed 27 Feb 13

skowalewski says...

still think it could be a young polar bear but i think the skin would be black !
still think it could be a young polar bear but i think the skin would be black ! skowalewski
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6:18am Thu 28 Feb 13

deansy says...

It's the hyena out of Life Of Pi check for tiger bite marks on its side
It's the hyena out of Life Of Pi check for tiger bite marks on its side deansy
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11:40pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seven77 says...

Being from a medical background ourselves this has all the hallmarks of a GM animal.
A Bio-science Corporation called the Huntingdon Life Sciences, for example, bring in approximately 75'000 animals a year for genetic modification.
Recent 'creations' to date by Biotech labs such as Huntingdon are a creature called "Dolion" - a dog-lion hybrid: Glow-in-the-dark designer pets with cats that glow in the dark: Dogs and cats with two faces and a whole new line of 'supermarket-ready' food chains such as chickens with no feathers etc.

Being a scientific family ourselves you naturally might conclude that we are happy with this. The truth is however, it is an appallingly cruel - power crazed and revolting abuse of the natural world.

Kind regards
Being from a medical background ourselves this has all the hallmarks of a GM animal. A Bio-science Corporation called the Huntingdon Life Sciences, for example, bring in approximately 75'000 animals a year for genetic modification. Recent 'creations' to date by Biotech labs such as Huntingdon are a creature called "Dolion" - a dog-lion hybrid: Glow-in-the-dark designer pets with cats that glow in the dark: Dogs and cats with two faces and a whole new line of 'supermarket-ready' food chains such as chickens with no feathers etc. Being a scientific family ourselves you naturally might conclude that we are happy with this. The truth is however, it is an appallingly cruel - power crazed and revolting abuse of the natural world. Kind regards Seven77
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7:37pm Fri 1 Mar 13

willbof says...

I walk on South beach every day. Saw this almost 2 weeks ago, it had a bit of hair left when it first turned up. It's just a badger I'm afraid. Travis (my dog) was having a great time trying to drag it around and some kids were poking it with a stick. It was there for a good few days moving around as the tide came in and out. I can't beleive how big this has become. I dont really follow the news or read the paper but someone showed me this story and I was amazed at some of the things people are thinking it could be!
I walk on South beach every day. Saw this almost 2 weeks ago, it had a bit of hair left when it first turned up. It's just a badger I'm afraid. Travis (my dog) was having a great time trying to drag it around and some kids were poking it with a stick. It was there for a good few days moving around as the tide came in and out. I can't beleive how big this has become. I dont really follow the news or read the paper but someone showed me this story and I was amazed at some of the things people are thinking it could be! willbof
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