The Mystery of Thailand’s Strange Creature

A few readers may give me some stick over this post being that I’m late discovering the topic. There’s a strong possibility many of you may have read about the mystery of Thailand’s strange creature before. Then again, I’m sure there’s a few like myself who live in a cocooned world and have never heard a whisper of this mystery.

Strange Creature Video

Take a look at the short 50 second YouTube video which shows photographs of a Thai community paying honour to a strange dead creature. The beast has been sprinkled and covered in talcum powder, making its appearance even more grotesque. One theory is the creature is the body of a deformed baby goat.

True or a Hoax?

I spent a fair amount of time trying to find out where and when the creature first emerged. My search failed miserably. I was unable to place where in Thailand the ‘being’ was discovered, but it appears the photographs first appeared in the media about three years ago. This year they’ve resurfaced again on internet forums and websites.

You can make out the creature has a tail, ears and goat-like feet. The swelling is almost certainly due to the body being in a state of decomposition. Now I can hear many of you shouting hoax and perhaps I’ll join in. Then again, maybe not.

My research took me to a couple of ‘mystery and investigation’ forums, and the consensus was the pictures were not fake. There was a strong feeling the creature was not an alien but more likely a deformed baby goat or cow. The photos were shot in a Thai village which begs the question whether the mystery is a community hoax or indeed one set up by a select few locals.

I cannot find an answer to this puzzle, but the explanation could be straightforward. The images may have come from some discarded movie stolen from a Bangkok film studio. The easy thing to say is it’s one giant hoax. Perhaps you know the answer to Thailand’s strange and mysterious creature.

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I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

34 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Hi Martyn, I’ve never heard of this before. My gut reaction is to say that it is fake but you never know. Is that whitening cream in the background (white bottle) if so why is it there? The problem for this village is that if it does prove successful at pulling tourists to the area it will be copied by every other village (even if the original wasn’t a fake). If there were Aliens then rural Thailand would probably be a nice place to try and make contact with humans – “ take me to your puu yai baan” 🙂

  2. Hoo Don says:

    Good morning Paul, you’re up once again at five in the morning.

    Like you I hadn’t read about this mystery before but my research shows it’s been kicked around the net a fair bit although I didn’t see any Thai blogs linked to the story. I’m hoping someone might have the answer, I love mysteries. Too many Hardy Boys books in my younger days.

    Rural Thailand would be a good place for aliens to land although they might get a bit lashed on the lao khao and heaven knows what a really spicy papaya pok pok would do to their complexion.

    The big bottle in the background is talcum powder, I believe.

  3. Paul says:

    The early bird catches the worm and all that. I think you’re right, it is talcum powder. Maybe they were using it to ward off cosmic radiation – Thais seem to use talcum powder for everything else 🙂 I have nightmare visions of crashing the car and the Thai ambulance service treating me with talcum powder on the scene. It seems in this case though the talcum powder wasn’t quite powerful enough to bring the poor alien/goat back to life.

    I like mysteries as well. I’ve found that being open minded about the supernatural makes life more interesting – not that I’m strictly a believer.

  4. Hoo Don says:

    Paul as the alien/goat/cow has obviously seen better days I’d have thought they might have mixed the talcum powder with some house dust to make it go further. Money’s tight in those villages and there’s plenty of dust about.

    The supernatural interests me but I wouldn’t want any kind of close encounter.

    What do you call a spaceship with a faulty air-conditioning unit?
    A frying saucer

  5. Catherine says:

    Well.That was total yuk for breakfast.

    I haven’t heard of that particular one, but I have seen the unborn jar babies being sold in the markets alongside of wats, used as… whatever they are used for (I need more caffeine to dredge the memory from my sleeping brain). There are photos around here somewhere (one of my projects next year is to go through this mess to share at some point).

    People in the west are always finding dead and maimed Jesus shaped objects to worship – so it’s logical that Thais are not immune to similarly bizarre fantasies.

    But bottom line, I’m not any help I’m afraid.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine I’m sorry if I spoilt your breakfast, I hoping you weren’t dipping baby soldiers into eggs washed down with goats milk.

    I haven’t seen or heard of the unborn babies in jars, that sounds awful. I really can’t think what they could possibly be used for.

    Thanks for searching your cells so early in the morning, hopefully someone will come up with an answer.

  7. Mike says:

    Hi Martyn, well I have seen it before, but try as I might I can’t remember where. I’m sure it was a story connected with the Thai lottery and the locals using the talcum power on the body to look for numbers.

    Personally I reckon its an animal. probably a young goat.

    Whatever, it is a great example of what goes on behind the scenes here……Unseen Thailand for most tourists.

  8. Hoo Don says:

    Good morning Mike, my research didn’t show up any reference to the Thai lottery but I’ll do another one with Mr G specifically with lottery included. The Thai lottery does get some bizarre connections to it.

    I’m sure someone will know a lot more about it than I have found out and hopefully post the answer. The truth is out there….

  9. Catherine says:

    Martyn, breakfast wasn’t spoilt but it sort of made sense to say at the time. The unborn babies were most likely not real, just simulated. Which sort of sounds worse in a way.

  10. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine, simulated unborn babies in a jar is definitely worse, they won’t make the Christmas present top 10 list.

    Now to decide what’s worse out of these two:

    Boiled eggs, baby soldiers, goats milk and a photo of Thailand’s strange creature
    Cheese, a jar of pickled onions and a simulated dead baby in a jar sat on your breakfast table

    I’d take on both rather than a plate of spicy papaya salad.

    I do have a big choice of my own to make this morning. Do I go Xmas shopping on a Sunday. The shops open at ten so if I get there bang on ten then I might beat the rush. That’s a good idea until you weigh in the fact that the pubs don’t open till twelve. Two hours of Xmas shopping, that could be pretty damn expensive.

    I’ll leave the shopping till midweek and go straight to the pub at twelve.

  11. Catherine says:

    I do believe you would have gotten along with my step-son (my son’s half brother). He liked to drag all sorts of ghastly things at the breakfast table. It was my job to show no fear… but I was allowed to say YUK (it’s a gal thing anyway – expected).

    Skip Xmas shopping and head to the internet. The Internet beats the traffic each time (says someone who just did the majority of her shopping at this afternoon). I really, really, hate shopping. But, I do have one outing tomorrow to get dear MIL and the kids something to stuff into their care package… not sure what. Something Thai.

  12. Lani says:


  13. Hoo Don says:

    Lani I take it that is the Isaan spelling of EEEwwwwwwwww!!!.

    I’ve heard that a few times in my time in Thailand.

  14. Catherine says:

    Thank god another gal made an entrance…

  15. Hoo Don says:

    Dear Catherine,

    I discovered a new drink today. It’s called Captain Morgan’s Spiced and its absolutely knockout, I must buy a bottle at Heathrow. Wilai will love it.

    Basically I’m as drunk as a skunk but I must say if I had your talent for writing I”d retire to Thailand tomorrow. Google AdSense wouldn’t be able to write the cheques quick enough.

    Work tonight, then three days off, two days on and then Thailand. I’m looking forward to my holiday in a big big way. Thanks for your wonderful comments.

    Here’s a bit I edited due to the rum.

    Cartherine Your latest oist is habsioluteky wionderfukl, I bet yisyu didn’;t now \i suiold speak perfexct Jerman blset wlishes fronengslad were the weather is now dtring to xchill.

  16. Catherine says:

    Dear Martyn, I know Captian Morgan (the man loves dark rum) but I haven’t heard of the spiced version. I’ll have to tell him all about it. I’m more for the lighter rum but there is always room in the cupboard for more.

    Thank you for your confidence in my writing. I don’t know much about Google AdSense but I’m learning as some are growing fond of targeting my keywords (women learn thai – women learning thai).

    Bottoms up and I hope you have a fabulous holiday in Thailand 🙂

  17. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine, here’s a write up I found on Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum.

    Morgan’s Spiced combines quality golden rums from throughout the Caribbean and a variety of different spices, including vanilla. The rum was distilled from the fermented juice from sugar cane. The blending operation produces this deservedly popular distinctive spirit…… Drink over ice or with lime & soda, lemonade, coke or fruit juices.

  18. Steve says:

    Just discovered the Captain Martyn? That’s some wonderful stuff to mix with a bit of coke, I’m sure I’ve dispensed with many many bottles in my day.

    Less than aweek until the holiday’s for you, have to say I’m jealous and at the same time glad for you.

    Don’t sweat the writing Martyn, soon enough you’ll be basking in the joys of Google’s monthly checks :>)

  19. Hoo Don says:

    Steve, Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum goes fantastic with Coke, ice and a slice of lemon. In Thailand I’m going to try it with lemonade and soda too. It’ll be my evening village drink, until the litres gone.

    AdSense improved remarkably last month but this one hits are way down on the Juice, I think Mr G has been tweaking his formula again.

  20. Steve says:

    I don’t think there have been any algo changes recently, you are just caught up in the wonderful Google dance. Enjoy it because it is a never ending dance that can bring you great high’s and also great low’s.

  21. Talen says:

    Martyn, are you sure it’s not covered in flour and they are getting ready to eat whatever it is?

    I have to second Capt. Morgans and coke…it’s my goto drink after vodka lippo.

  22. Hoo Don says:

    Talen are you suggesting the red stain by the creatures head is from a very spicy red chilli dip. If it is flour then they’re going to need a bloody big wok to fry that thing crisp and golden.

  23. I-nomad says:

    The rumour goes (at least in Isaan) that it’s a deformed calf, the white is talcum powder, against the smell?

  24. Hoo Don says:

    I-nomad- Welcome aboard the good ship Juice, thanks for your comment. One of the theories I read suggested it was a calf and the talcum powder can be seen in the video but I didn’t think about it being used to cover any smell. Good shout.

    If it’s not for the smell then maybe they found the creature during Songkran and overdid the talc. Only joking, I’ll go along with your theory.

  25. I-nomad says:

    Hi Hoo Don, In the mean time I have been updated about the story and it seems to be more likely to find something which looks like a lucky number on the body, more than to cover the smell, on the background there’s a fan so that should get rid of the smell, and when they find somehow a number on the body, that’s the number to buy in the lottery, hard too believe, but that’s Isaan..

  26. Hoo Don says:

    I-nomad, the more I look at the still photo the more I think it looks like a Christmas turkey with a giant head, even though I know it’s not.

    Lucky numbers, good theory especially in Thailand. The creature’s number is certainly up.

    I can see a sort of number 11 running down the right hand side of the turkey’s stomach. Then again it might be where someone took some flour off with their fingers and had a taste.

    My theory is that it could be the remains of Thailand’s FIFA World Cup representative after he refused to vote for Russia. He looks like he’s going to end up ‘blattered’ with all that flour on him.

    Seriously…thanks for your input and please do update if your theory evolves more.

  27. Snap says:

    Hi Martyn, I’ve not long returned from our visa run/road trip to Laos and am just now catching up on my favourite blogs…what a welcoming post and comments…how gross!!!!! I tend to agree though, it’s quite possibly a real, unfortunately, something? I hope you write about if you ever discover just exactly what it is.

    Speaking of lucky numbers and lotteries, I can’t help but notice how seriously it’s taken here…the number choosing process. Customer’s seem to take forever to pick their lucky tickets.

    Do you have a post in here somewhere about how the lottery works in Thailand? Can farang buy the tickets? Why all the different coloured tickets…are they different prices/games, like in Lotto?

  28. Hoo Don says:

    Snap if I find anything more on the ‘thing’ I’ll do an update or mail you with it but I think it’s a mystery that won’t be solved.

    I have done a couple of lottery posts (they’re good for search hits) but they weren’t serious ones.

    A farang can buy a ticket but I’m not sure what the different colours are for. Maybe they are just lucky colours, who knows. As far as I’m aware (pretty confident) there are no lottery games other than the illegal village ones.

  29. Snap says:

    Martyn…who is Mae Whitaker, and why does she sound EXACTLY like me? 😉

  30. Hoo Don says:

    Snap I thought the comment rather odd but didn’t know if it was your real name so I approved it. I’ve now taken it off. My apologies.

  31. Snap says:

    Mai bpen rai Martyn..probably a spybot or marketing ploy!

  32. jim says:

    I live in Isaan, when I showed my wife prior to reading any of the comments she immediately said “they think its the same as a monk and they want to win the lottery.”

  33. Hoo Don says:

    Jim thanks for the comment you lucky so and so. I wish I lived in Isaan.

    Your wife’s comment is about right for Thailand and its people. If they think something or anything will help them win on the lottery then they’ll play the old Buddha three card trick.


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