BERWICK, La (NBC33) An NBC 33 viewer claims to have caught an “alien-looking thing” on a deer cam. He chooses to remain anonymous but says the pic was taken on a reserve in Berwick near Morgan City. The viewer says the cam itself was busted when it was found, but the SIM card was still in it and so was this image:
The viewer claims this is NOT a hoax. NBC 33′s Tyler Gamble finds answers today. Watch NBC 33 News at 5 to see what he can find out.
Sound like rubbish? That has not stopped it from being plastered all over the news across the US, and indeed the world. The UK’s Daily Mail is convinced that it’s Spider-Man, continuing their proud tradition of being utterly wrong about everything.
Gee. Well if the anonymous viewer says it’s not a hoax, that should be good enough for everybody, right? No need to actually investigate any of the details.
It is said that this mystery hunter uploaded the picture to the website of Wildgame Innovations, a company specialising in track camera’s and deer attractants. That is certainly their logo on the picture. That logo is affixed to any of the user-submitted pictures on their website. Oddly though, I can find no mention of the monster picture on the website, or anything monster related at all. I have tried to get in contact with Wildgame Innovations to find out if they actually ever had anything to do with this picture, or whether the viewer just stuck their logo on it to make it look more authentic. I’ll report back if they get back to me.
Anyhows, to get to the thing that actually got me bothering to write a post on this:
There has been some reporting that it is a Resistance 3 viral after Insomniac Games tweeted:
Whoops… looks like one got out. If you see a Grim on the loose… please return to Insomniac Games, Burbank, CA
But a later tweet has stated that they were just joking. Unsurprisingly, only the first tweet has gotten any coverage.
I have some interest in cryptids (I’m an ecologist by training), and I’d have to say that I’m pretty sure this is a fake. The creature looks too smooth, for starters (I’m assuming it’s made of flesh and blood. If it’s some sort of ghost/demon/killer robot all bets are off.). Then again, I don’t like to totally rule anything out without evidence. Chances are it’s a viral for…something. If not Resistance, than for some upcoming horror film. Or maybe it was just some very free worldwide advertising for a certain purveyor of deer attractants.
Update: I just noticed. The timestamp on the picture is entirely different between the still I’ve got and the one used in the video. The still picture is from the 11/30/2010, while the one in the video is 12/04/2010. I find it very hard to think of any legitimate reason why this would be the case.