Earlier this week, a man posted to his Weibo account images of what he claimed was an injured dragon that showed up in his back yard. The photos began floating around Weibo and Twitter along with a vague story explaining that “he heard weird bird noises in his yard when it was raining” and went outside to find “‘a dragon’ when he arrived at the scene.”
Although some people questioned the authenticity of the photos, it didn’t stop them from spreading on Weibo and Weixin. Some Buddhists even appealed to cure the dragon and free it as soon as possible.
Sadly for Falcor fans and mystic believers, it turns out that the so-called “dragon” was actually an animal model from a student’s final project currently in exhibition. According to this post on Baidu Tieba (百度贴吧, an online community), the student artist posted these photos of his work a week ago and had no idea that his project has already gone viral online.
As dragons are a creature deeply rooted in Chinese folklore, it’s not the first time such a tale has been spun. In fact, there’s a whole page put together by netizens dedicated to alleged “dragon sightings” in recent years.
We want to believe.
By Daniel Zhang