Cuttack: Rumours about some ‘unseen creature’ killing sheep and attacking humans of Niali in Cuttack district have been doing the rounds. Though a few sheep have been killed in the village no proof of the existence of the ‘unseen creature’ has yet been established.
Adding to the confusion is social media where fake photographs and morphed videos of the creature are going viral.
Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister Damodar Rout denied the report of a mysterious animal killing the sheep. It could be hyena which killed them, he added. Rout further said the photo and video of killer animal, which went viral on social media, is rumours.
“The deaths of the sheep is true, but liver missing is false. Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO), Cuttack, has written to the Forest Department regarding the matter. He has been asked to submit a report on the death of domestic animals”, Rout added.
Meanwhile, Collector Nirmal Mishra ordered for constitution of an inquiry team to investigate death of sheep. “The team comprising local tehsildar, police IIC, forest officials will investigate the matter with the help of villagers. It is suspected hyena or similar kind of animals from nearest Bhanra forest sneak into the villages in the night to kill the sheep. To find out the killer animal, CCTV cameras will also be installed at sensitive places, if needed”, Mishra said.
According to sources, some alien creature has allegedly been killing sheep in the area at night since the past two months. Recently some humans also were reportedly attacked. Though no one has seen it, many have been creating weird assumptions about existence of a dog like creature with long nails.
“It a hyena or fox type animal. Anyone can use social media for spreading rumour so we should wait till we catch the creature or get strong proof about it,” said Professor of Animal Science, Ravenshaw University, Srikant Jena.
Fake or real, the spate of attacks and killings are giving locals sleepless nights. Equipped with sticks, they are guarding their houses at night. After receiving complaints, Forest department officials have been staying put at the village laying trap to catch the creature.
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