Was it a natural-born mutant or the unearthly creation of genetic engineers? Or was it something else entirely? In October 2017, startling images of a bizarre and apparently never-before-seen animal emerged on the internet in Malaysia, prompting police to launch an investigation.
In fact, Malaysia is notorious as a hub for wildlife trafficking. Endangered species, exotic pets and illegal animal products frequently pass through the country to other destinations in Asia. In July 2017, for example, officials seized nearly a million dollars in ivory tusks and pangolin scales at Kuala Lumpur airport on one single weekend.