Published: 10:51 AM - 10-27-11
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KSAX) - The mysterious roadkill found south of Alexandria this summer is regaining international interest this week.
A film crew for National Geographic Wild came to Alexandria to begin shooting an episode of 'Wild Case Files' Sunday.
"We were looking all over the globe for these mysterious wild life events, so we saw the Minnesota roadkill, you know, 'The Creature,' and had to follow it up. it looked too good to miss," Wild Case Files assistant producer Ben Anderson said.
"We look at animal forensic mysteries, and things like that, just to deconstruct them, see what we can find out about the original mystery, but also what stories we can tell about the animal sort of involved; the natural history, the biology, the habitat, those sorts of things," Wild Case Files Producer Martin Pailthorpe said.
The animal, with just a few tufts of hair and five long claws on its front paws was found on Highway 86 in Douglas County.
After the first KSAX report, news of the curious creature took off, capturing the imaginations of people worldwide, and interest from dozens of media outlets and tv stations, with guesses ranging from government experiments to proof of the mythical chupacabra.
The crew from Tigress Productions out of the United Kingdom is profiling the mysterious mammal, and spoke to KSAX about the report, along with Lacey Ilse, who found the roadkill outside of her home.
"National Geographic is very old. It is almost an honor to have anything to do with National Geographic," Ilse said.
Shortly after the initial report, KSAX examined the creature with retired biology professor Dave Hoppe, who said he's 95 percent certain it is a badger.
Pailthorpe said that small amount of doubt was enough to grab Tigress's attention, across the pond.
"Everyone loves a mystery, and the fact that they could only come up with a 95 percent certainty that it was a badger is what appealed to us. There's still that five percent area of doubt. so we were fascinated," Pailthorpe said.
Wild Case Files has plans to hear from biologists at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul Tuesday, hoping to answer some of the questions that came up during the initial investigation.
"Was it a badger? What is it about the badger lifestyle in biology that might fit here?" "And also, why is it hairless? ... it gives a chance to look at an awful lot of subjects just around this one story," Pailthorpe said.
The "Mystery Roadkill" episode of Wild Case Files is set to air in Apr. 2012.