A pair of curious photographs, taken at a beach pavilion by the name of Ilha de Misericordia on the island of Itaparica, have caused something of a stir on social media in Brazil, as the images appear to show mysterious bipedal creatures roaming the streets of a community.
In the first of the two images, a diminutive creature sporting noticeably long arms and somewhat resembling a chimpanzee can be seen standing in a street.
The second photo shows what one assumes are two adults and a juvenile creature, all of which also look fairly small and rather ape-like, though they are cast in shadow.
Boato de ‘criatura estranha’ assusta moradores de Itaparica https://t.co/xeeP8FnyCe
Assunto em quase todos os grupos de zap e face na Ilha, monstro tem ‘ajudado’ a garantir toque de recolher; perito analisou imagens a pedido do CORREIO pic.twitter.com/MnRY1VmJTv
— Jornal Correio (@correio24horas) March 2, 2021
People sharing the photos online in Brazil claim that these ‘monsters’ prowl the streets of Ilha de Misericordia, which has led some to suspect that this is a clever way of trying to scare residents into adhering to a coronavirus-related curfew in the community.
Another theory for the nature of the creatures is that they may possibly be wild chimps or some other kind of diminutive primates that had their curiosity piqued by the barren pavilion and decided to explore the area.
And, of course, there are imaginative observers who already contend that the mysterious interlopers are of the cryptid variety as well as, understandably, skeptics who contend that the photos are probably just a hoax.
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