The Spawn of the Jersey Devil

Doug Laubert was punching holes in his wall to run TV cables when he found this mysterious creature in the attic of a schoolhouse in New Jersey:

"The general consensus is that maybe it's a deformed flying squirrel," Laubert said of the freakish mummy-thing. "Maybe it's a salamander - but it has hair! Maybe it's a chipmunk - but it has a fish tail! When I first saw it, I thought it was a mudskipper - but it has teeth!"

He and his family have thought up some names for the ungodly fish-being, among them "The Spawn of the Jersey Devil" and his nephew's suggestion, "Herman the Vermin."

Steve Lemongello, who wrote this article for The Press of Atlantic City, has a practical suggestion if you should happen to find this creature in your attic:

So if you see something like this in your own home, whether it's slowly crawling along your floor or simply creeping unseen into your bed in the middle of the night, just try not to look directly into its eyes.

If it starts talking to you, run. (Photo: Vern Ogrodnek / Press of Atlantic City)

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