It may sound bizarre, but local media is reporting that an Indonesian woman allegedly "gave birth" to a lizard and is now being threatened by an angry lynch mob that is accusing her of practicing witchcraft, India Today reported on Thursday.
Debi Nubatonis, 31, gave birth to the gecko following an eight-month pregnancy, according to India Today. Though scientists say it is impossible that a woman was pregnant with a lizard, officials are sending in a team of experts to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Nubatonis apparently gave birth to the creature in May in the remote Oenunto village where a midwife "delivered" the lizard.
The news of the lizard birth led to the woman and her family receiving threats and being accused of witchcraft. The debate quickly became viral on the internet as well.
"It is clearly nonsense to suggest that the woman gave birth to a lizard," said Dr. Messe Ataupa, chief medical officer of nearby Kupang, according to India Today. "There has never been a proven case of a living organism from one species giving birth to a different species, it just doesn't happen."
Discharge may have landed on a lizard during a faux birthing from a phantom pregnancy, Ataupa explained, leading the midwife to believe that she actually gave birth to it, Cosmopolitan reported.