A Twitter user is causing an uproar online after sharing a photo of a creepy-looking foot.
On June 14, Susanta Nanda, who works for the Indian Forest Service (IFS), posted the photo to Twitter along with the question, “Can you identify this animal?”
In the photo, there appears to be a gray foot with five toes peeking out from under a log.
In the comments, some people speculated that the foot might belong to a chimpanzee, a gorilla, a human or even a Yeti.
“It looks scary,” one person added.
Eventually, though, some nature lovers were able to correctly guess that the “foot” was actually Xylaria polymorpha, otherwise known as Dead Man’s Fingers. It’s a type of fungus that, like its common name suggests, looks eerily like mammalian digits.
Many people were shocked to learn that the “foot” was actually just a fungus.
“Mother Nature powerhouse of surprises,” one person said.
“Wow! I didn’t know that there exists a fungi like that!” another user added.
The more you know!
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