Rumours were rife in a Slovakian town this week when a river running through turned bright red.
The river in Myjava, a small municipality on the border to the Czech Republic, had changed colour over night and turned into 'blood'.
Police have been called in to investigate the matter, but it is believed to be a faulty filtering system from a slaughterhouse upstream.
Riverrun: Residents in the small town of Myjava in Slovakia awoke to a river red as blood
Roman Podbrezova, 65, had gone for a morning walk when he saw the drastic change to the river which runs through the centre of the town.
‘I just could not believe my eyes,’ he said. ‘The river was dark red. It was like something from a horror film. Blood cascading through the centre of town.’
Another local said: ‘This is really creepy. Yesterday evening I walked past here and it was its normal colour.
‘Now it looks like someone slaughtered 1,000 virgins or something. I'm not superstitious, and we've never had any serial killers or anything like that here, but this isn't normal.