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article imageFrozen UFO alien posted in social media sparked controversy

By Eko Armunanto     Jun 12, 2013 in World
Photographs of a man called Li posing next to an alien he claims to have trapped after it crash-landed sparked a frenzy of speculation on social networking sites across China.
Li claimed a formation of UFOs was flying across the night sky along the Yellow River in Binzhou Shangdong province and then one of the crafts plummeted to earth. Soon afterward he discovered the charred remains of the visitor from outer space in a rabbit trap. Li said he took the bizarre looking creature back to be stored in a freezer at his home after the crash-landing.
However, police issued a statement saying the figure was in fact not another life form but high quality rubber. “The alien purported electrocuted and discovered by a man in Binzhou is a high quality imitation,” the Jinan Police posted on Sina microblog. Police said Li had spent HK$150 to buy the rubber and other materials from local farmers to make the alien. “The body is made up of high quality rubber.”
A report on South China Morning Post said “The Shandong Man” has admitted to have faked the whole alien with rubber and wire ropes. Li had previously insisted his story was real, and that the DNA tests showed the alien did not come from earth. He also claimed police had blocked the news and pressured him to keep quiet.
Li was then arrested by the police for five days for fabrications that disturbed the public order. “After the police interrogated me, I confessed I was a fan of UFOs and the alien was a fake. I just wanted other people to believe that aliens existed,” he said.
Undeterred by the police attempts to pour scorn on the possibility the alien is real, Chinese bloggers are busy trying to connect the Shandong alien to a purported UFO sighting in Hubei province, of which UFO Chronicles citing China authorities said it was in fact a test sounding rocket launched by Chinese scientists.
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