When An 'Angel' That Fell From The Sky Turned Out To Be A Sex Doll...

Life isn't always quite what it seems!

Cover image via AFP/Indonesian Police

Earlier last month, a fisherman in the Banggai islands in Sulawesi province of central Indonesia found a doll floating in the sea

The first thing he did after discovering the doll, which reportedly came a day after a solar eclipse swept across the area, was to take the doll to his home where his family started 'looking after it'.

His mother would apparently stuff the doll with fabric and change its clothes with fresh ones also covering its hair with a headscarf every day.

The solar eclipse is said to be a deeply spiritual experience in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, leading superstitious locals to believe the two events were linked together. Soon pictures spread online along with claims that it was an 'angel' that has fallen from the sky.

After its discovery, photos of the "angel" doll dressed demurely and wearing a hijab spread on social media, the BBC reported

According to The Telegraph, the human-like doll was described by local news organisation Pojok Satu as an "angel child," saying it was "shining white, (with) round eyes with red eyebrows."

The Pojok Satu also reported that the "angel child also was found face down, crying and naked covered only a white cloth." Based on which, rumours began to spread that it was a "bidadari", a type of angel or spirit.

Image via Ihyan Nusi

Mounting excitement on social media prompted police investigation

Police were afraid that the rumours would spark a possible social unrest.

"When our officers arrived they saw that the 'fallen angel' was just a doll, it was a sex toy," local police chief Heru Pramukarno told AFP.

Speaking about the reason the villagers 'mistook' the doll as an "angel", Pramukarno said: "They have no Internet, they don't know what a sex toy is."

While the police confiscated the doll, taking it with them to stop false rumours from spreading further, the story is giving the people on social media something to LOL about:

On the other hand, life-like infant-sized dolls called Luk Thep, or Child Angels are treated as a real child by its adopted "parent":