In Malaysia, the police, like cops in pretty much every part of the world, are presumably very busy catching criminals and generally ensuring that the local community is as safe as possible.
I say "presumably" because police in the southeast Asian country recently had a very unusual fiasco on their hands, and it revolved around a hideously bizarre and unidentifiable creature.
A creature that looked exactly like this:
The creature can only be described as a combination of a baby human, a cat and possibly some sort of extraterrestrial being.
So, what exactly happened in Malaysia? And is there any chance that this "being" is an actual bona fide animal of some sort?
Well, the situation escalated to the point where the police were pretty much compelled to deny that this strange creature was wandering around the local area.
In what may seem like a totally unlikely situation, many people actually got in touch with the police in fear for their lives.
How were they to know that this miniature beast wasn't a deadly creature disguised as a frail baby troll? Or perhaps it was an extra terrestrial and the government needed to be alerted!
And I'm being deadly serious - people actually thought it was a real, living, breathing creature.
Photos of the creature in question were widely shared on the internet and the police were forced to go on record denying its existence. But even then, people doubted the skeptics.
The eerie-looking creature is almost entirely hairless, has a tail, four legs, paws with devastating claws and pointy teeth.
It looks like nothing you've ever seen before, and there's a very good reason for that - because it doesn't exist!
Because the "creature" is almost certainly designed to look like a baby (of God knows which species), it's very tempting to say that it looks rather adorable.
In the same sort of way that pugs, with their famously squishy faces, are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.
On the other hand, its front fangs look like they can do some serious damage!
Imagine what the make-believe animal could do to you once it's grown substantially in size and strength. It doesn't bear thinking about...
When the photos were originally shared on the internet, someone craftily created a fake backstory for the imaginary beast. The creature was supposedly found at the Pahang border and was apparently being tested on in a secret laboratory.
It's enough to make you feel for the poor, non-existent creature.
In any case, the State police chief Datuk Rosli Abdul Rahman stated, in no uncertain terms, that the pictures were entirely fabricated and encouraged people to simply forget about the photos and stop sharing them.
However, by that point, the photo had already been shared thousands of times.
Rahman tried to reassure those who had seen the photos that "checks revealed the images were downloaded from the internet before it was shared on social media, claiming that the discovery was made in Pahang."
"I hope the public will stop circulating news about the alleged discovery," he continued.
He also emphasized that there were no official sightings of the creature.
So there you have it, ladies and gentleman - there's no need to fret because the creature has never, and will never, exist anywhere other than in our wildest dreams. Oh, and also in the form of a silicon doll, apparently.
Yes, it is now being claimed that the creature is in fact a doll which is supposed to resemble a baby werewolf and is being sold on the internet.
But irrationally superstitious people exist all over the world, so it's pretty inevitable that some people will remain convinced that the creature is real.