There’s the usual weird stuff, and then there’s the absolutely bizarre. Debi Nubatonis, a 31-year-old Indonesian woman in the remote village of Oenunto, had been pregnant for eight months when she suddenly had contractions. What came out of labor was a gecko, which had the whole village scared stiff.
The horror led to anger as a lynch mob went after the woman, accusing her of practicing witchcraft. She and her family had been receiving threats ever since a midwife helped her give “birth” back in May 2014.
The episode has doctors baffled, who are adamant that there was no way that a human female could give birth to a lizard. Dr. Messe Ataupa, the chief medical officer for the nearby city of Kupang, stated that a team was sent to the village to investigate the reptilian delivery.
“It is clearly nonsense to suggest that the woman gave birth to a lizard,” said Dr. Ataupa. “There has never been a proven case of a living organism from one species giving birth to a different species; it just doesn’t happen.”
Various hypotheses are being thrown around in the debate on the Internet regarding the incident. The absence of an actual baby from the birth leads Dr. Ataupa to believe that it was a phantom pregnancy, which is an actual medical condition.
He explained that discharge may have landed on a lizard during labor, which the midwife then saw afterwards, which led her to putting two and two together.
The midwife herself, whose name is Josephine Lydia Hellen Wadu, insisted on taking the lizard to Oenuntono Health Centre to file a report on it being the woman’s actual baby.
Meanwhile, the news has made its rounds online, and there are no indications of the angry mob letting up.