The case of the werewolf antelope

Bearded gazelle baffles scientists

A seasoned wildlife photographer recently documented a bearded antelope in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the first-ever recorded encounter with the strange animal, according to Yahoo! News.

The gazelle was discovered by Paolo Torchio, a wildlife photographer who has been studying Kenya’s wildlife in the 600-square-mile reserve for the past two decades. The animal has the same markings as a Thompson’s gazelle—including the proper body and horn sizes—but is covered in a thick coat of hair. Torchio reported that the animal seemed at ease with other gazelles but ran away after becoming spooked by Torchio and his camera.

One scientist has suggested that the animal was simply suffering from hypertrichosis, a condition commonly known as “werewolf syndrome.”