Sunday, January 26, 2014

Police in Zimbabwe Recently Terrified By a 'Goblin'

This goblin cutie is courtesy of
gob·lin ˈgäblin (noun)
1. a mischievous, ugly, dwarflike creature of folklore.

Do you believe in goblins? Well, apparently they still do in some parts of the world, including Zimbabwe. A family from Bulawayo, the second largest city in the African country, "...dumped its tenant's 'goblin' at the Tshabalala Police Station, sending cops fleeing in different directions." This is according to Bulawayo24 News who also report that the incident occurred on Wednesday, January 15.

According to one of the officers, "We heard some screaming from the charge office and most officers who had knocked off rushed to see what was happening. At first everyone gathered around the suitcase, wanting to see what was inside."

And rightly so, it's also reported by an officer that "...a traditional healer who had come with the family opened the suitcase and a weird looking creature jumped out of a bottle that was filled with blood." It didn't smell very good either and it resulted in an empty police station. People fled through windows and doors when the creature, that's described as looking like either a "snake with the head of a dog and others said it was a dog with scales like a pangolin," escaped its bottle of blood.

So what happened to the goblin? The healer who opened the suitcase, captured and burned the creature. This incident was confirmed by Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Bhekimpilo Ndlovu.

So what do you thing it was? A product of a ritualistic taxidermy. A Tokoloshe? Was it just mass hysteria thanks to superstitious beliefs in that part of the world? Whose blood was in that bottle? Maybe it was just a real goblin and now I need to build a goblin trap!

-Larissa Mrykalo