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These Parents Were Shocked to Find Their Daughters’ Imaginary ‘Creature’ Was Real

There really was a monster in their closet.

Caitlin Burch/Twitter

When Caitlin Burch’s two daughters told their mom that there was something in their room, she brushed it off, blaming their overactive imaginations. So imagine her surprise when she eventually went to investigate—and found that there was nothing imaginary about the creature living in their closet.

“The 7-year-old insisted that there was something… [she] would not sleep in her room,” Burch told BuzzFeed News after her story went viral on Twitter. “They used the words ‘creature’ and ‘rat.'”

According to Burch, she and her husband, who live near Columbus, Ohio with their seven-year-old and 10-year-old daughters, checked the room but didn’t find anything.

Three days later, however, the girls claimed to have seen the mysterious animal again. This time, Burch’s husband discovered the culprit: a possum in the closet. “It had crawled into one of the dresses hanging in the closet,” Burch said to BuzzFeed. “It was peeking out of the neck hole.”

After returning the possum to its rightful home outside, Burch admitted that she should’ve seen the signs earlier, like “some toys knocked over and “the dog’s food missing, so we know it had been in the rest of the house too.” And of course, she told BuzzFeed that “[it was] very much an ‘I told you so’ moment for [my daughters].”

The hilarious incident took place last summer but recently spread around social media after Burch replied to Chrissy Teigen’s tweet about losing her new hamster Peanut Butter. Burch posted a picture of the possum in the closet and it quickly garnered over 18,000 likes.