Mars Rat Picture? NASA Curiosity Rover Captures Image Of Strange Creature [PHOTO]

By Staff Reporter on May 30, 2013 11:35 AM EDT

An image captured by the NASA Curiosity rover identifies a strange object with a striking resemblance of a Mars rat or lizard. Space enthusiast blog UFO Sightings Daily first posted the interesting picture that directs attention to a creature-like object that is hidden amongst the rocks.

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The interesting discovery was made by UFO Sightings Daily operator Scott C. Waring, a self-proclaimed UFOlogist based in Taiwan.

Sharing the intriguing rover image of the Mars rat, Waring said:

This odd creature was discovered on Mars by a person in Japan in March. This animal was not the first to be discovered in NASA photos but is in a long line of strange creatures. Remember the last one we reported that was very similar to a squirrel? Well this one also seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard. With water existing on Mars in small amounts, its [sic] possible to find such desert animals wandering around...although very rare mind you. Then again, is NASA placing animals from tiny cyogenic chambers inside the rover onto the surface of Mars to conduct tests? Check out the NASA photo for yourself and tell us what you think about it in the comments please. SCW

Interestingly, the Mars rat discovery isn't the first proposed alien sighting since the Curiosity rover sent its images back home.

In December 2012, UFO Sightings Daily claimed a Mars "squirrel" was discovered at the Mars Rocknest site. According to Waring, the image features distinct "nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front legs, and stomach."

A post that went viral, fans wrote in a number of emails to share their thoughts on the discovered squirrel.

A lot of people are emailing me saying that this squirrel was part of a NASA experiment to test how long it would live on the surface of Mars and I do believe this does sound like something they might do. Why would they not tell us about it? Because the squirrel would be expected to die eventually and that would get PETA to fight against them in a court of law. SCW

While articles posted from the UFO Sightings Daily may be nothing more than conspiracy theories, is it possible that life truly exists on Mars?

According to NASA, Curiosity has already uncovered evidence of life in the Red Planet's past. In December, NASA reported a rock sample that contained necessary elements for life.

"We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new 'gray Mars' where conditions once were favorable for life," said Mars Science Laboratory project scientist John Grotzinger. "Curiosity is on a mission of discovery and exploration, and as a team we feel there are many more exciting discoveries ahead of us in the months and years to come."

Ultimately, the pair of Mars creature discoveries are likely just a coincidence of the sun and shadows against Martian stone. To learn more about the bizarre Mars rat and Mars squirrel discoveries, watch the videos below.

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