Russian dashcam videos are an endless source of hilarious lunacy. Typically, they cabbies fighting EMTs in traffic, or pedestrians trying to get some of that sweet, sweet insurance money. This time, a pair of unwitting Russians may have caught an elusive mythological creature on film.

According to The Sun, Vadim Gilmanov and a companion were driving along a dark and snowy road in Bashkortostan, Russia, when they spotted something weird on the road ahead. Before them, just at the edge of their headlights, a pale-colored humanoid figure bounded through the deep snow across the road and into a dark forest. Shocked, the driver slammed on the brakes. Since it was late at night, in the freezing cold, in the middle of nowhere in the shadow of the Ural mountains, Gilmanov and his friend came to the only logical conclusion–they'd seen a Şüräle.

In local Bashkir and Tartar myth, Şüräle are tall, hairy, shape-shifting humanoids who live in dark forests and kill their prey by luring them into the forest and tickling them to death. The particular stretch of rural highway that Gilmanov and his friend were driving on is famous for its Şüräle sightings, with numerous reports of creature sightings over the past few years.

When asked about the film by local media, Gilmanov swore to the authenticity of his film.

"I mean it could have been someone's cruel prank," he told the paper. "But on the other hand, who else could dash out so quickly in the middle of the night? In the middle of nowhere."

Who indeed, Vadim? Who indeed?


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