Awesome or Off-Putting: Shape-Shifting Something or Other Gently Terrorizes South African Town!

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What’s the scariest thing you can think of? If you said Mof Gimmers in a silk nightie we don’t blame you. You’re wrong though. What would be far scarier than that is a man morphing into a pig then morphing into a bat right in front of your freaking eyes. You don’t think that sounds scary? Well what if we told you the bat would fly up your butt then start the whole process again. Scary, right?

We thought so.

This story contains no further reference to bats flying up people’s butts. Let’s get that out of the way right now. It will contain plenty about a shape-shifter though. Just so you know – this particular creature doesn’t seem to have a cool name yet. We’d really like to see ‘Jack the Ripper II, Son of Jack’ catch on. It’s an established name and may really get this beast a solid publicity jumpstart.

And it could probably use that murderous tie in – because it sure isn’t earning a name on it’s own. This thing isn’t known to have ever harmed man nor beast.  As we understand things, you’d be more likely to be handed a doughnut when in this creatures vicinity than to have your throat bitten and mangled. Monsters nowadays are so lazy.

Here’s what we know, according to News24.com:

“”The community says that the monster changes shape while you are looking at it,” Warrant Officer Zandisile Nelani said.  He said one man had reported it changed from a man wearing a suit into a pig and then into a bat. The creature had been sighted on a number of occasions near a church and only appeared at night, Nelani said….Although some locals were frightened of it, it had not harmed any people or livestock.”

If we saw some guy in the middle of the night scream out in pain, writhe down to the moon-lit ground, disappear into his loose clothes and then emerge as a pig, we’d be 1) Pretty relieved that we probably weren’t about to die, and 2) Disappointed that no ancient ceremonial dance started the whole process.

Of course when the pig then turned into a bat, we’d probably reach for a broom and see if we couldn’t find a taxidermist with reasonable prices. If we could make it change shape while stuffed on a wooden base, well there’s probably some money up in there.

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