Employees at the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana, were puzzled when they received a package containing a mysterious mummy that looked like an anthropomorphic rat. It is reported by The Mirror.
In the morning, museum workers discovered that a box left by someone had appeared at the gates of the institution. With the mysterious package, there were no documents, but there was a note from an unknown person. It said that the box contained “Rat Boy from Richmond”, who was found in the basement of a local hospital. It once belonged to a circus worker, a friend of the donor’s late grandfather. “We joked that it must be a severed head — we all watch too many horror movies,” said collections manager Kerry George. In the box lay what looked like a mummy with a rat’s head and a human body. The mummy was wrapped in 2019 newspapers. “Rat Boy’s head was the first thing I saw, and at first I thought it was a terrible work of a taxidermist. I pulled out the rest of the newspapers, and he appeared before me in all his glory,” the woman recalls. Related materials: “He found something between a pig and an elephant” December 2021″Open the veil of secrecy”In Russia, they decided to clone mammoths. Why is this needed and how will it happen?December 17, 2021Dinosaur King. How a baron from the Romanian wilderness became the world’s first aircraft hijacker, a great scientist and spyDecember 18, 2021 Museum staff have speculated that the artifact may have been created for exhibition, similar to the so-called Fijian Sea Maiden, a popular 19th-century exhibit for traveling curiosities and street shows. Recently, Japanese scientists have studied a similar “mermaid” and found that it is made of cloth, paper, cotton, fish skin and animal fur. According to the American Museum staff, the Rat Boy could have been similarly made with plaster and clay stuck on top of a frame, and completed with claws and fur. Presumably, it may have been used by the circuses that frequented the area from the 1910s to the 1930s. The identity of the person who donated the mummy to the museum remains unknown. Without his identification, the artifact will not be able to enter the collection. “I think the best explanation is someone was cleaning Grandpa’s house and didn’t find a place for Rat Boy, but wanted to make sure he was taken care of. We receive such gifts all the time. This usually happens during business hours and we have a short form for the donor,” explained George.She noted that the museum would like to contact the donor not only to receive documents, but also to thank him. Earlier it was reported that the President of Mexico published on his page on the social network a picture depicting a mythical creature. The photo, according to the caption to the publication, captures the mythical Mayan wood elf.