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|Different views of the Panamanian creature.|
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The photos appear to show the creature as a slimy, hairless humanoid.
Already dubbed "Gollum" by the UK tabloids, the 150-centimeter (about 60 inches) tall creature emerged from a cave behind a waterfall on the shores of a lake near the small town of Cerro Azul and is drawing comparisons to the so-called "Montauk monster" found on the shores of a New York beach last year.
The children claim it started climbing over rocks to get to them. They defended themselves by throwing rocks and killing it.
The children told their parents they had thrown the body back in the lake.
When the parents went to investigate, it had been washed up on the shore.
One of the children told The Sun: "I have only seen that creature once before - and it was in the Tolkien film."
The Metro shows pictures of it still washed on the shore several days later, having been picked apart by buzzards.
The animal is being investigated at Panama’s National Environment Authority, with one zoologist suggesting it may be some form of mutated sloth.