A mystery ‘monster’ was recently spotted near the Great Wall of China, and photos of the creature rapidly went viral after they were posted online by a tourist.
According to Rocketnews24, people quickly compared the creature to Gollum, the infamous ring-obsessed being from J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular high fantasy series, due to its gangly figure and large, flopping ears.
The Chinese tourist, who does not want to be named, said he was camping in Huairou, Beijing, when he took a quick toilet break and encountered the beast.
The man said: “I walked far away to have a pee, and suddenly saw a monster. I took a few pictures of it, but I am now terrified by my courage then.”
Soon after the images went viral, however, an unnamed science-fiction actor reportedly came forward to say that the creature in the photos was in fact just him going number-one.
“Over the week I and my friends went to the mountains to take a mini sci-film [sic] film,” Metro reports the man as saying. “When I was having a pee a person popped up and took pictures of me and shot away.”
Mystery solved, monster hunters!
Photos 1 to 10 show the 'Gollum-like creature', while the rest show other behind-scenes images from cult classics.