There is always a rational explanation for mysterious events, but the horror movie junkie in us was hoping that there was truth to the rumor that a terrifying flying head monster was behind the deaths of hundreds of farm animals in a Sumatra village.
Alas, this is reality, where the seemingly mysterious occurrence has been explained using cold science and logic. The North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) says that it has determined a possible cause of death for the hundreds of pigs, ducks, and chickens that were recently killed in North Tapanuli regency’s Pohan Toga village.
“Based on our investigation and the testimonies of locals, we strongly suspect that [the livestock was killed by] an animal of the civet family,” BKSDA official Teguh Setiawan said yesterday. Civet is a mostly nocturnal and omnivorous mammal that resembles the adorable ferret at first glance. You might know it as the creature that eats and digests coffee cherries, with the beans harvested from its fecal matter processed into Indonesia’s world famous kopi luwak.