Rotting dead dolphin in Madrid park leaves police baffled (PHOTO)
As with many murder mysteries, the peculiar probe began with a dog walker, who stumbled upon the fishy, or should we say aquatic mammal, corpse on a cycle track in the Spanish capital’s Casa de Campo park on Tuesday.
According to El País, Spanish police have been unable to determine where the creature came from and tests are being carried out on its badly decomposed body at the Animal Protection Center at City Hall.
The strange discovery in the landlocked city has led to amateur sleuths posting theories of how the dumping of the body might have gone down.
Rotting dolphin cadaver, wrapped in chicken wire, found in Madrid park. Madrid zoo has no dolphins. Madrid is 200 miles from the sea.— Archie Valparaiso (@Archie_V) March 29, 2016
Many are suggesting that the dolphin was taken from the Madrid Zoo, with - unverified and unlikely - help from staff.
@policiademadrid Está muy cerca del Zoo Acuarium... Esto es el colmo. Pobre animal.— Gema Mª L (@VardaElentari) March 29, 2016
But investigators do not think the animal belonged to the nearby zoo, following denials by operators of the aquarium.
Ridiculously, others believe the dolphin, which was wrapped in chicken wire, may have washed up in the park due to rising sea levels.
Dead dolphin found in Madrid's Casa de Campo and no one is worried about rising sea levels?— Red Baobab (@red_baobab) March 30, 2016
One Twitter user even implied that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be somehow involved...