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16 April 2010, JellyBean @ 8:21 am

A bizarre-looking animal that has been roaming the countryside of rural Mayes County has been captured and turned over to wildlife experts in Claremore.

Jeremy Scheffel says he first encountered the creature on his back porch a few weeks ago. When he turned on the outside light he saw the animal scurry away. It looked so strange, he says he thought he was losing his mind.

“It looks like a huge rat. It’s kind of creepy,” Scheffel said.

Other people who live in the area, which is west of Lake Hudson, reported seeing the animal in the following weeks, especially at night.

Scheffel decided to try to capture it. His friend Josh Cook set out a trap and within 24 hours had succeeded.

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