The Democrat and Chronicle has reported that a woman claimed that she is scared to go into parts of her own home due to a horrifying animal has been under her porch all winter long… an animal which she believes dug a tunnel into the walls of her house.
Rochester homeowner, Gwen Byrd, claimed to have been plagued by ta bizarre, hairless, wrinkled, rodent-like creature that “walks like a dog” for the past two years, but until her granddaughter, Chardine’e Hunt, photographed the animal outside Byrd’s house on Flora Street earlier this month she couldn’t even prove its existence.
Byrd — who continually must fill in the holes it has dug around her house — stated that she is desperate to be rid of the strange creature, which she fears may have burrowed into her home and might pose a threat to her.
In an effort to identify the odd creature, Byrd has reached out to Vera Gorbunova, an associate professor in the biology department at the University of Rochester. According to Gorbunova:
“I am very puzzled by this animal, and so are my colleagues. It looks like a large hairless rodent, but we cannot identify it from the picture.”
Gorbunova promptly visited Byrd’s home, hoping to see the beast and, if possible, capture it for further study:
“It was gone by the time I got there. I did see the holes it is making. It is believable to me… if it is a new species, that is really, really exciting. If it really is a mutation, it could be the first time for something like this.”
Seneca Park Zoo Director Larry Sorel, after looking at the photo, suggested that it could be a hairless groundhog, but eyewitnesses insist that this animal does not waddle like a groundhog or hop like a squirrel. Most terrifyingly, according to Byrd, the creature also appears to be fearless:
“It will not run or anything. It is not scared of me when I see it. I am scared of it.”
The frightened and frazzled Byrd said she has “endured a nightmare” and has holes in the ground and a photo to prove it:
“Nobody knows what it is… it’s the nightmare on Flora Street. Why me?”