“Genetically modified pig” terrifies Chinese city as residents fear mysterious animal is escapee from nearby research centre

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“Genetic experiment” terrifies Chinese city as residents fear mysterious animal is escapee from nearby research centre

With a mohawk-style plume of hair and pink flesh covered in leopard-esque spots, the mysterious animal terrified locals in Xinxiang, Henan province

Xinxiang is close to several scientific research centres and a local medical school – and locals became convinced the creature was an experiment gone wrong, on the run from a nearby lab.

One witness said: ‘The pink skin makes it look just like pig gone wrong in some sort of genetic experiment.’

Xinxiang is close to several scientific research centres and a local medical school - and locals became convinced the creature was an experiment gone wrong, on the run from a nearby lab

Xinxiang is close to several scientific research centres and a local medical school – and locals became convinced the creature was an experiment gone wrong, on the run from a nearby lab

One witness said:

One witness said: “The pink skin makes it look just like pig gone wrong in some sort of genetic experiment”

But police say the dog is actually a pedigree breed called a Chinese crested hairless dog is a pet – and expensive.

‘It is definitely a dog, and quite an expensive one at that,’ said a spokesman.

The bizarre breed with just tufts of hair on its head and tail and a bare, spotted body regularly features as a contender in the World”s Ugliest Dog contest.

One celebrated example, Yoda (pictured below), won the 2011 World”s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair for her short tufts of hair, protrudingtongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs.

The 1.8lb pooch had lived a rough life before Terry Schumacher found her abandoned behind an apartment building and mistook her for a rat.

The dog went on to bag $1,000 and a trophy 15 times her size when she won the contest held in Petaluma, California last June.

But police say the dog is actually a pedigree breed called a Chinese crested hairless dog is a pet - and expensive

But police say the dog is actually a pedigree breed called a Chinese crested hairless dog is a pet – and expensive

Best paw forward: Yoda was a first-time competitor and beat fierce competition for the title

Best paw forward: Yoda was a first-time competitor and beat fierce competition for the title