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Mythology is full of weird hybrid creatures – horses with wings, lions with griffin heads, and so on. But they’re fictional, right?

Maybe. Anglers in Guizhou, South West China, almost broke the internet when they posted a photo of a fish they’d caught that appeared to have the head of a bird.

Social media promptly went bonkers speculatin­g what this weird hybrid creature might be. Some thought it looked like a dove or a pigeon, others that it was more like some kind of peculiar beaked dolphin.

However, experts say it’s most likely a deformed carp. Birth or growth defects are not uncommon in fish, particular­ly if they’re starved of oxygen due to overfishin­g, for example.

The ‘bird fish’ was released back into the water - and no fish were harmed in the making of this Outer Source article!

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