Shot as two Russian-speaking men walk across a snowy countryside, fuzzy footage of what is claimed to be the shriveled-up corpse of a "dead alien" has become an Internet sensation.
The video's description says the "alien," which looks suspiciously like a "rubber doll," was found in the town of Irkutsk, not far from an alleged UFO sighting one month ago in Siberia. As the Telegraph reports, villagers in the area reported seeing bright orange lights in the sky last month, with one witness capturing the mystery lights on his or her mobile phone.
Benjamin Radford, a paranormal investigator and managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, tells ABC News the clip is most certainly a hoax, with the first "red flag" being the way the video includes an establishing shot of the landscape. "We see this in sitcoms, we see this in virtually every film in order to establish a place and scene for the viewer," he said. "It makes sense in the context of a fake film but it does not make sense in the context of someone suddenly finding this alien creature."