Unidentifiable animal spotted in Scottish field

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A mystery beast spotted in a Scottish field could give the Loch Ness monster a run for its money.

People have been going wild on social media, coming up with different theories as to what the 'animal' is.

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Theories so far have included calling it part tortoise, part stoat, among various other creatures, the Daily Record reports.

Jimmy Wright, 66, snapped the odd sight while walking his son's dog on Crow Hill - known locally as 'the cowfield' - in the west Stirlingshire village of Killearn.

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Jimmy told the Observer : "I put it on Facebook - but I was taken aback at just how much response it received. It definitely has people talking."

"When I came towards it," said Jimmy, who retired as an NHS general manager for mental health services in Glasgow in 2006, "I was struck by how prolific it was and took a picture.

"I thought it looked like a dinosaur. I have been up that way before but the sight was definitely unexpected.

"I put it on the Killearn For All Facebook page and the comments began.

"One resident, Mary Young, suggested we try to get someone to name it so I agreed to donate £100 to the charity of choice of the person who comes up with the name with the most 'likes'."

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He said the suggestions have been flooding in, with Nessie Dorma currently taking the lead.

He added: "At the end of the day if it gets people talking and gives everyone a bit of escape from all the bad news there seems to be at the moment then it's all good.

"If it brightens up someone's day and makes some money for charity all the better."

Mary Young added: "We could reinvent Killearn on the strength of this wonderful sight, save the Black Bull and re-open the Spar as a Killearn Nessie Gift Shop.

There have been quite a few names put forward so far but the competition will run until July 25 to give those on holiday a chance to see it and contribute.


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