Long-tailed critter is a replica of a prop from the movie 'Alien', not a real arthropod

Published on 21/09/2022 at 17:43

A post shared thousands of times on Facebook in South Africa claims to show a picture of a daunting-looking arthropod species that has purportedly found its way to Africa and, despite appearances, is "very affectionate". This is false; the “creature” is just a replica of a prop known as the "face hugger" in the Alien movies and does not exist in real life.