updated 5/29/2006 4:10:30 AM ET 2006-05-29T08:10:30

Supermarket tabloids, take note: Researchers in California claim to have a duck X-ray showing what appears to be an — ahem —alien creature in the bird's stomach.

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The International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia plans to raise funds with the X-ray.

The bird came in with a broken wing. But when assistant manager Marie Travers radiographed the duck, she was stunned to see a very clear image of what supposedly looked like the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial.

Unfortunately, the duck died of its injuries.

Initial reports from the center claimed the cause of the supposed alien face was never determined. Necropsy results are pending.

It may all sound like a lot of quackery, but the center has come up with a way to turn its close encounter into a fund-raiser for the center. It will auction off the X-ray on eBay.

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