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Mystery beast likely a dog, early DNA results suggest

A mystery beast that frightened Maine residents and preyed on pets was likely a dog itself, preliminary DNA test results in the U.S. suggest.

Amystery beast that frightened Maine residents and preyed on pets was likely a dog itself, preliminary DNA test results in the U.S. suggest.

The animal had a dog as its mother and probably father as well, said Prof. Irv Cornfield of the University of Maine.

For 15 years, residents in Androscoggin County in Maine have reported seeing and hearing an animal with glowing eyes and a chilling cry that was blamed for killing pet dogs.

When a mysterious animal of similar weight with charcoal-coloured fur, blue eyes and blue lips was apparently hit by a car two weeks ago, the Sun Journal newspaper in Lewiston, Maine, was inundated with calls from residents wanting to know if it was the same beast.

As speculation mounted about the creature's identity, the paper sent a paw to the university lab, as well as HealthGene Corp. in Toronto, a laboratory specializing in veterinary DNA testing, for an answer.

The results of the DNA tests are due in the middle of this week, the paper said.

The findingscan suggest whetherdog,wolf or other animal genes are present, but percentages cannot be determined.

With files from the Associated Press

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