'Montauk Monster' Killed in Panama

Hairless creature on beach confounds cryptozoologists
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 4:03 AM CDT
"While some say it may be a being from another planet, others simply believe that is an animal," Panama's Telemetro wrote.   (Telemetro)
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(Newser) – A bizarre-looking creature found on a Panama beach has excited the world of cryptozoology, the Daily Telegraph reports. A group of teens said they feared for their safety and beat the hairless creature to death as it crawled from a cave and moved toward them. The animal—dubbed "Gollum" in the press—has been compared to the "Montauk Monster" photographed last year. Others believe it may be a hairless sloth.