A pink, spotted four-legged animal that looks a bit like a pig -- or maybe a dog -- has the people of China's Xinxiang city more than a little confused.
The creature sports a coat of pink skin and dalmation-like spots. The animal is hairless, save for a small mane of white tufts on its head.
Local residents don't know what to make of it. One witness said, "The pink skin makes it look just like pig gone wrong [sic] in some sort of genetic experiment," the Daily Telegraph reports.
Police stepped in and confirmed that the animal, is, in fact, a stray dog -- a Chinese Crested Hairless, to be specific.
The hairless variety of the Crested is more susceptible to skin irritations and sunburns, according to the American Kennel Club. This attribute may explain the dog's unusual appearance.
Members of the Crested breed frequently appear in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, the Medical Daily reports.
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