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Old 17th June 2022, 06:41 PM   #1
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Amarillo “cryptid,” captured on film!

Surprised I haven’t seen a thread on this yet. It appears that some weird image was captured at the Amarillo Zoo that appears to show some kind of “creature.”

It is a weird looking image, I’ll give ya that:

https://twitter.com/cityofamarillo/s...i3moOkyld8DokQ

Story from “Today” about the picture:

https://www.today.com/today/amp/rcna32918

I think we could use some good old classic debunking on this site.
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Old 17th June 2022, 06:46 PM   #2
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The only thing to debunk here is the pants-on-head-retarded premise that the "Today" story adds anything at all to the original claim.

The original claim, meanwhile, lacks enough information to make any debunking effort worthwhile, or even necessary.

What are we supposed to debunk, exactly?
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I dunno, but it seems a rather whopping coincidence that a strange creature was seen lurking outside a zoo -- where they keep strange creatures.
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Only 1 image? That's not a particularly good security system.

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That could almost be the backside of an ostrich moving to the right with its head down.

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Hmmm...the image is too sharp to be Bigfoot...
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Probably some Furry walking home drunk after a party. You think I'm joking? It looks like some guy in a fox costume.
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It's a legitimately mysterious image.

I think we might be seeing a bit of optical illusion there. Do the legs look odd because of an optical illusion about what position they are in? Is the face looking toward the camera or away from the camera?
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It's an ostriches arse.
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Probably some Furry walking home drunk after a party. You think I'm joking? It looks like some guy in a fox costume.
That's what it looks like to me. Very human stance.
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I saw this when it came out last week on twitter, of course there were dozens of answers on twitter trying to be cute.

It interested me for all of 5 seconds cause there just isn't enough info on the photo to make any guesses--the original story was just 'hey we got this photo, care to tell us what it is?"

That alone is suspicious. If they wanna know what it is, give me details about the camera, type of camera, why there is just one image, height of fence etc etc.

A couple respondents claimed it was a coyote rearing up. Does not look like any coyote to me.
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Just looks like a kid wearing a hat with a feather in it to me.
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Only 1 image? That's not a particularly good security system.

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That could almost be the backside of an ostrich moving to the right with its head down.
I agree with you on both points.
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1. Is this camera a still-only? If not, where's the video footage that would clear this up?

2. Is this inside the zoo, or just outside?

Either way, it's a person with something on their head. Maybe a mask. Maybe a homeless person with some kind of improvised head-wrap. My gut tells me the zoo is looking for a little free publicity, and got it.
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I agree with you on both points.
Legs are too thick for ostrich, also no pronounced thickening at the joint. But I like that idea better than coyote
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1. Is this camera a still-only? If not, where's the video footage that would clear this up?

2. Is this inside the zoo, or just outside?

Either way, it's a person with something on their head. Maybe a mask. Maybe a homeless person with some kind of improvised head-wrap. My gut tells me the zoo is looking for a little free publicity, and got it.
No way! Theyd never stoop to that level! It has to be a chupacabra!
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The only thing to debunk here is the pants-on-head-retarded premise that the "Today" story adds anything at all to the original claim.
I think you've just nailed it. Its a drunk walking home with his pants on his head.
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Originally Posted by xjx388 View Post
Surprised I haven’t seen a thread on this yet. It appears that some weird image was captured at the Amarillo Zoo that appears to show some kind of “creature.”

It is a weird looking image, I’ll give ya that:

https://twitter.com/cityofamarillo/s...i3moOkyld8DokQ

Story from “Today” about the picture:

https://www.today.com/today/amp/rcna32918

I think we could use some good old classic debunking on this site.
1 image from a security video? Seems strange. Secondly looks like it is a PR stunt, just like how Nessie always coincidentally pops up at the start of the tourism season.
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Legs are too thick for ostrich, also no pronounced thickening at the joint. But I like that idea better than coyote
I agree with you on all three points.
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I think it’s just a plain old fake.
No security camera made in the last twenty years is capable of taking such a crap picture.
$10 game cameras take better pictures. And use auto-focus for moving objects.
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Legs are too thick for ostrich, also no pronounced thickening at the joint. But I like that idea better than coyote
Overfed ostrich in deep grass and the fences are smaller than they look. Seems more likely than a chupacabra.

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Debris stuck in the fence? Otherwise it's undetermined.
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One question I have here is how the picture was taken. If it was a still only, and if both the light and the picture came on by some kind of infrared or sonic trigger - imagine a person just walking by, taken aback by the sudden appearance of a bright light - the apparent headdress a combined artifact of very poor image quality and slow shutter speed, as he recoils.

If the light was already on, it seems unlikely an actual cryptid would have walked right into it.

Of course that's just a speculation too, but better explanations are pretty thin on the ground.
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Part of my job is looking at security cameras. I have questions:

1: Where is the moving video copy that produced this image?

2: What do the recreations using this camera look like?

3: Why is this image on the internet?

4: Has this image been cropped?

5: What is the nature of this location? (i.e. Is this an animal enclosure, or a perimeter fence?)

6: What did the other cameras show? Are there other cameras in the area? If not, why not?

I monitor a small property with 9 cameras. I can track someone from the time they enter until the time they leave. We have a few blindspots, but all of our entrances are covered.

This feels like a practical joke combined with free publicity, and the usual internet BS.
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Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
Part of my job is looking at security cameras. I have questions:

1: Where is the moving video copy that produced this image?

2: What do the recreations using this camera look like?

3: Why is this image on the internet?

4: Has this image been cropped?

5: What is the nature of this location? (i.e. Is this an animal enclosure, or a perimeter fence?)

6: What did the other cameras show? Are there other cameras in the area? If not, why not?

I monitor a small property with 9 cameras. I can track someone from the time they enter until the time they leave. We have a few blindspots, but all of our entrances are covered.

This feels like a practical joke combined with free publicity, and the usual internet BS.
I can answer 3 of your questions with the info from the original story. It was not a video cam, it was a motion activated camera, and while they have not clarified it, this may be the only image.
It was facing the perimeter fence, so it is looking outside the enclosed area.
It's on the Internet cause the city of Amarillo posted it on Twitter, looking for suggestions as to what it might be.
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And speaking of seizing an opportunity for publicity, a security camera company is donating 80 cameras to the zoo to help them with future UAO experiences:

yay for capitalism!
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I can answer 3 of your questions with the info from the original story. It was not a video cam, it was a motion activated camera, and while they have not clarified it, this may be the only image.
It was facing the perimeter fence, so it is looking outside the enclosed area.
It's on the Internet cause the city of Amarillo posted it on Twitter, looking for suggestions as to what it might be.
Motion-Activated meaning a trail-cam? My low-end system is motion activated, but records video. And if it's a perimeter fence, then it can be anybody goofing around.
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Someone wearing some sort of shaman headdress?

Could just be a costume. Just the first image that popped into my head.
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I went through dozens of replies on the Twitter link to see if anyone applied any computer enhancements. You have to click 'more replies' over and over. There were some enlargements and one person made the image darker. Nothing made it any more clear what we are looking at. People had a lot of absurd ideas as to what it was and a couple that were iffy but not absurd.

Off-topic joke: there's a hilarious comparison of Drumpf walking juxtaposed next to the famous Bigfoot film. They match quite well. If it wasn't off-topic I'd post a link but alas, jokes can go either way in the mods' minds these days.
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I went through dozens of replies on the Twitter link to see if anyone applied any computer enhancements. You have to click 'more replies' over and over. There were some enlargements and one person made the image darker. Nothing made it any more clear what we are looking at. People had a lot of absurd ideas as to what it was and a couple that were iffy but not absurd.

Off-topic joke: there's a hilarious comparison of Drumpf walking juxtaposed next to the famous Bigfoot film. They match quite well. If it wasn't off-topic I'd post a link but alas, jokes can go either way in the mods' minds these days.
There is another section here where such a thing would be quite welcome, and I'm sure there's more than a few of us who would be happy to view it.
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Someone wearing some sort of shaman headdress?

Could just be a costume. Just the first image that popped into my head.
.... oh.... its, its, its Bison Head Guy.... The Q-Shaman...
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Motion-Activated meaning a trail-cam? My low-end system is motion activated, but records video.
You'd have to ask the zoo that.

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And if it's a perimeter fence, then it can be anybody goofing around.
well, yeah that pretty much sums it up.

I wont even bother linking it, cause its insane, but there's a Reddit post from someone who claims to be a zoo keeper there who insists this is the culmination of all sorts of animal disembowelments and other strangeness occurring at the zoo. He says they are all terrified lol (and of course wont go public because of a supposed NDA...yeah, right)
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Looking at the Google Maps satellite image, the zoo is pretty small, and is part of an entertainment complex consisting of miniature golf, Frisbee Golf, and a water park. It's north of Route 66.

Here's the thing, if this was some kind of carnivorous creature it would have racked up a body-count of pets, and livestock. And this is Texas, someone would have shot it by now.

Like I said, the zoo is part of an amusement park/entertainment complex. This is a publicity stunt, nothing more. Currently on Youtube, "Dogman" stories are all the rage. I doubt this is a coincidence.
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Looking at the Google Maps satellite image, the zoo is pretty small, and is part of an entertainment complex consisting of miniature golf, Frisbee Golf, and a water park. It's north of Route 66.

Here's the thing, if this was some kind of carnivorous creature it would have racked up a body-count of pets, and livestock. And this is Texas, someone would have shot it by now.

Like I said, the zoo is part of an amusement park/entertainment complex. This is a publicity stunt, nothing more. Currently on Youtube, "Dogman" stories are all the rage. I doubt this is a coincidence.
No, that would be Tennessee!
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Looking at the Google Maps satellite image, the zoo is pretty small, and is part of an entertainment complex consisting of miniature golf, Frisbee Golf, and a water park. It's north of Route 66.

Here's the thing, if this was some kind of carnivorous creature it would have racked up a body-count of pets, and livestock. And this is Texas, someone would have shot it by now.

Like I said, the zoo is part of an amusement park/entertainment complex. This is a publicity stunt, nothing more. Currently on Youtube, "Dogman" stories are all the rage. I doubt this is a coincidence.
Well, according to the crazy reddit dude, that is exactly what has happened. And of course, since he is basically claiming it is a skinwalker, the bullets would not hit, in fact in his insane post he claims security guards shot at it and it didn't even flinch. SO you see there is an explanation for all your doubts, just as Bigfoot is likely a shapeshifting spirt and not an actual primate
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My first thought was that that it is a Hopi kachina dancer—although I don't know why such a person would be outside the zoo in ritual garb.
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Well, according to the crazy reddit dude, that is exactly what has happened. And of course, since he is basically claiming it is a skinwalker, the bullets would not hit, in fact in his insane post he claims security guards shot at it and it didn't even flinch. SO you see there is an explanation for all your doubts, just as Bigfoot is likely a shapeshifting spirt and not an actual primate
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That's not how Skinwalkers work.

They come from the Navajo and Ute mythologies/beliefs. They're shape-shifters, and fall into two catagories: elemental beings, and Navajo witches who've gone bad. The elemental beings will take smaller farm animals, like sheep sometimes, but you can leave offerings for them to make them stop.

The main thing about Skinwalker mythology is they are a curse. If you've got a skinwalker problem it's because someone sent them your way. But, and I can't stress this enough, they can't be photographed. Skinwalkers are spirits not bothered by fences. They make you and your family sick, mess with your car, break expensive things, and generally make your life miserable until you get a medicine man/shaman out to the place for some counter-magic spells and so on.

No reason for a skinwalker to be in Texas, let alone stalk a zoo.

You know...if they were real...
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It's still an ostrich showing its backside with neck down walking 1 o clock, to me.

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Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
I hate the internet.

That's not how Skinwalkers work.

They come from the Navajo and Ute mythologies/beliefs. They're shape-shifters, and fall into two catagories: elemental beings, and Navajo witches who've gone bad. The elemental beings will take smaller farm animals, like sheep sometimes, but you can leave offerings for them to make them stop.

The main thing about Skinwalker mythology is they are a curse. If you've got a skinwalker problem it's because someone sent them your way. But, and I can't stress this enough, they can't be photographed. Skinwalkers are spirits not bothered by fences. They make you and your family sick, mess with your car, break expensive things, and generally make your life miserable until you get a medicine man/shaman out to the place for some counter-magic spells and so on.

No reason for a skinwalker to be in Texas, let alone stalk a zoo.

You know...if they were real...

Well, if we combine some of the related suggestions and my own, like others, impression of what it first looked like to me. Then it is the medicine man/shaman performing his ritual counter magic dance to rid the site of basically the fears of someone who works there and hired them after binge watching far too much of "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch".
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