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Mystery as claw resembling that of a velociraptor shows up in garden

By T.K. Randall
March 29, 2023 · Comment icon 18 comments

What does this belong to ? Image Credit: Laura Moorcroft
A woman from the UK couldn't believe her eyes when she came across the peculiar disembodied appendage.
Laura Moorcroft, who hails from Buckley in England, described the unusual discovery as "like something out of Jurassic Park" when she spotted it in her front garden recently.

Sporting several sharp talons and scaly skin, the appendage looked like it came from some kind of reptile, despite the fact that there are no wild animals in the UK that would fit the bill.

Keen to find answers, she posted up images of the claw on social media.

While some users suggested that it belonged to something exotic like a crocodile or alligator, others were quick to point out that it was most likely the foot of some sort of large bird.
Eventually, the precise culprit was identified.

"We just thought instantly it was something out of Jurassic Park, but turns out it could be from a turkey," Laura told The Leader newspaper.

"I messaged Chester Zoo to see if they could help and they said it was likely that."

Exactly how it had ended up in her garden, however, continues to remain a mystery.

Source: Leader Live | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Occupational Hubris 1 year ago
If a bear wants to run down a hill, it is going to do so. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
Congratulations! You have won the "dead wrong" prize. It is impossible for a bear to run downhill, on 2 legs or 4. they just can't do it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Occupational Hubris 1 year ago
lol  way to double down on the dumb            
Comment icon #12 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
Only ones with their front legs longer than their back ones.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Occupational Hubris 1 year ago
Any bear that wants to run down a hill can do so. See above videos i posted.  This is a dumb myth with zero merit. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
Hill farmers in Wales have found their sheep have evolved with their left legs longer than their right legs, so they can graze safely in the mountains. It does mean they can only circle hills in a clock-wise direction, though. It is probably the opposite on Australian farms due to the Coriolis effect.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Occupational Hubris 1 year ago
Were sheep the question? No. It was bears. And bears runnig down hills. I submit the following:         Case closed. Bears can run down hills. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Just a reminder here, this article isn't about bears.  Let's stay on topic please.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago
Comment icon #18 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
It is a good piece of evidence to support the theory that birds are descended from dinosaurs as it looks like the claw of a Tyrannosaurus. (I didn't realise that Henry Huxley put forward this theory in the 1860s, I thought it was first proposed in the 1960s. It is generally accepted now).

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