Pictures of a strange creature, dubbed the “Panama Monster,” have begun circulating the internet that feature a subject that looks like something out of the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. Comparisons with the Montauk Monster pictures have been made as well. But the Panama Monster looks somewhat different, its head larger, better formed. With something like the Panama Monster, pictures sometimes just aren’t enough…
Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” was alive and well and living in Central America until recently as a Panamanian Monster, or so some have joked. And “was” is the operative term. According to The Telegraph, Gollum was killed by a group of scared Panamanian teens when the strange-looking “monster” scared them. The large, hairless creature moved toward the teens from a cave behind a waterfall near the town of Cerro Azul. Becoming frightened for their safety, they began throwing rocks at the monster, eventually killing it. Then they tossed it into the water.
Pictures of the Panamanian monster have gone viral on the internet. It’s pale pinkish skin has earned it the nickname of “Gollum” on many blogs. It definitely bears a strange resemblance to the fictional J. R. R. Tolkien character from the classic series “Lord of the Rings.” But only in passing. A closer inspection of one of the pictures shows that it has a forward projecting face, much like that of something with a snout, only blunt. It resembles a soft-skinned turtle or some sort of amphibian/lizard.
Some have even compared the Panama Monster to the Montauk Monster, the unidentified creature that washed ashore on Long Island, New York, last summer. But this beast looks to be a bit larger than the Montauk Monster. And its head doesn’t resemble that of the Montauk Monster, either. Perhaps a distant cousin?
Although unidentified, the Montauk Monster was believed by some wildlife experts to be the bloated carcass of a drowned raccoon.
What the picture does not show is the animal’s lower extremities. Why not a full body shot? Maybe the photographer is holding out for a large sum of money to disclose the entire animal.
One of the stranger aspects of the creature is the hook-like claw on one of its appendages. This has led many to believe that the creature is just a hairless three-toed sloth. But then the question would be: How did it get hairless?
But if it isn’t a sloth, what is it?
Stories about strange animals, unidentified animals, mutated animals, and cryptids abound in the tabloid news and sometimes, every now and then, comes a tale strange enough to capture your attention and keep it. Such is the tale of the Panama Monster, a real-life Gollum.
But the strange creature or cryptid sightings have been pouring in lately from around the world. It was reported in September that man in Fairview, Kentucky, photographed what he thought was a small Bigfoot in his back yard. Some later determined that the picture was that of crow in flight, just blurred. Some still think it was a baby ape or a Bigfoot.
A young security officer spotted a saurian shape while looking at Google Earth in August. He believed it to be evidence of the Loch Ness Monster. It was the first “credible” sighting of Nessie in over a year.
Just last month, a taxidermy student in Texas poisoned a small canine-looking creature that some are calling a chupacabra, the legendary goatsucker. Pictures of it show a small, hairless, and had grayish skin. The creature will be stuffed and placed on display in Blanco, Texas.
As for the Panamanian Monster? There are few details concerning the creature and it is unknown if any of the animal’s remains are left for study.
But the pictures certainly has sparked some intense speculation…
Pictures of the Panama Monster at Popfi.com.