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Mysterious animal leaves people wondering, "What is it?"

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD (WRC/NBC) - Workers at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital have adopted a mythical creature as their new mascot.

The creature has been spotted in the woods where smokers take breaks since the hospital banned smoking in June.

But no one knows what the animal is, so they've named it Prince Chupa, after the chupacabras, the legendary cryptid rumored to exist in parts of the Americas.

"It's a kangaroo, dog, rat mixed," said X-ray technician Joe Livermore. "It's got a rat tail and a head like a deer. I don't know what it is."

Livermore lured the animal with chicken and leftover Chinese food and caged it briefly to get a closer look.

"I didn't know what to do with him," Livermore said. "I didn't know what it was. People said it was a fox, a deer, a dog."

After some close-ups, the animal was released. Those pictures haven't led to a confirmation of species, either.

Those who've been around Prince Chupa said it's shy, not aggressive, and they suspect there might be more than one.

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