Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador ignited a social media frenzy after he shared a photo of what he claims is a mystical elf sitting in a tree.
As if thing can’t get any weirder these days!
President Obrador posted a photo on Twitter of the mysterious-looking animal which appeared to have glowing eyes, along with a photo of sculptures from a Yucatec-Maya archeological site.
“I share two photos of our supervision of the Mayan Train works: one, taken by an engineer three days ago, apparently from an aluxe; another, by Diego Prieto of a splendid pre-Hispanic sculpture in Ek Balam. Everything is mystical,” the Mexican president wrote of the apparent mystical elf.
According to Mayan lore, an Aluxe is a small creature that causes mayhem and mischief.
The Mexican president’s tweet went viral, garnering over five million views.
Although some took an interest in the photo, others began debunking it.
“Yes, Andrés, an engineer three days ago, took a photo that has been doing the rounds in Nuevo León since February 2021 and in Thailand since December of that year. You are sad, very sad… and the country even more… If you believe it, you are stupid… if you know you are lying, you are malicious…” one Twitter user wrote.
“President of Mexico elf posting lolololol,” another wrote.
“Honestly that’s a credible elf, Mexican President. I am on board,” one user said.
“It’s a raccoon with a bag on its head,: another wrote.
“What a normal president, how healthy everything is, how timely and no false information,” one person said in a translated tweet.
“Pathetic… Mexican president claiming a picture of an Indonesian gibbon or langur taken 2 years ago is actually a gnome/wizard/magic creature from this week in Yucatan. No wonder why he’s got zero cred,’ one person wrote.
The photo made the rounds on social media, claiming it was a “witch” spotted in Nuevo León.
López Obrador is known for his love for indigenous cultures and beliefs.
Engineers and workers are in the Yucatan peninsula, constructing a tourist train that is the president’s passion project.