Shock as dog finds 'human leg' on beach but police say it's just part of a walrus

Malachy Fisher, 32, was out with his girlfriend for a walk with his two dogs on Lisfannon Beach in Donegal, Ireland when his American Bully Cheeka appeared to have a human limb in its jaw on December 27th

Malachy Fisher was walking his dogs Cheeka (left) and Archie when the gruesome find was made (

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Police were confused after a dog handler found a “human leg” on a beach – but it could only be a piece of “walrus”.

Malachy Fisher, 32, was walking his two dogs on Lisfannon Beach in Donegal, Ireland when his American Bully Cheeka appeared to have a human limb in its jaw on December 27th.

He shared a picture of the troubling find online and called the police after many feared it would be human.

The police tried to collect the suspected leg and open an investigation.

An initial investigation so far has shown that the limb could have come from an “aquatic animal” – most likely from a walrus.

Police opened an investigation after a dog handler found this “human leg” on a beach
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Malachy Fisher with his dogs Cheeka and Archie
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The test results have yet to confirm whether or not it is actually part of an animal.

Malacky said he first noticed it, attracted the attention of a follower who suspected it was a fake Halloween limb decoration.

He said, “When I first saw the dog holding something I thought it was some driftwood, but as I got closer I was shocked and confused.

“I posted it on Instagram but thought nothing of it until I got home and saw that I had tons of messages.

“People pushed me to report it to the police because they feared it was human and that worried me.

Malachy says his girlfriend Christina McGinley lost sleep whether what they found was human or not
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“I realized that the sand dune in which we circled it would have been an ideal place to bury someone.

“The police said it was probably from the walrus – but we’re still waiting for the test results. Until we hear something, I’m not sure I haven’t found a human leg.”

Malachy was out with his girlfriend Christina McGinley, 28, and their two dogs when Cheeka didn’t return after chasing a stick that was playing fetch.

Malachy went to Cheeka, who was wearing “a strange kind of leg”.

Cheeka is the dog who found the suspicious human limb
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Confused, Malachy left the item on the sand dune after posting it on Instagram and asking followers what they think it was.

He said, “I thought it looked human, but when I asked a passerby he said it looked like a Halloween decoration, so I didn’t think too much about it.

“When we got home with the dogs a little later, I was horrified when I saw 30 to 40 messages on my cell phone.

“People told me to report it because it looks like a human leg from the knee down.”

Cheeka and Archie were out walking on Lisfannon Beach in Fahan, Donegal, Ireland when the gruesome find was made
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The police tested it with a forensic anthropologist.

Malachy said, “Christina couldn’t sleep that first night because she always thought we’d found a body. We’ve only talked about it since then.

“Now I think about it, these sand dunes would be the ideal place to bury a body.

“Until we hear something, I’m not sure whether I haven’t found a human leg.”

The police said that some of the remains of an “aquatic animal” were involved.

A spokesman said: “Gardaí responded to reports of a partial remains found on Lisfannon Beach on Monday 27 December 2021.

“The remains were removed from An Garda Síochána and the coroner was notified.

“The services of a forensic anthropologist were also used.”

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