A UFO expert claimed that a photo NASA took on Mars featured an alien creature that looks very similar to an Earth animal. Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that the expert came across images of animal-like creatures in NASA’s Mars photos.

Claims regarding the alleged alien creature on Mars was made by Scott Waring of UFO Sightings Daily. According to Waring, he saw the creature in one of the photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

As noted by NASA, the photo features a Martian landscape known as the Shaler outcrop, which is characterized by layers of various rock sizes and shapes. The agency noted that patterns within the layers indicate that a river once flowed through this region.

As Waring was going over the photo, which is a mosaic of telephoto images captured by the rover’s Mast Camera, he came across a small object that appears to be a rock. Upon closer inspection, Waring concluded that the object was actually a living creature that closely resembles a groundhog.

According to Waring, the creature, which he referred to as a Marmot, proves that Mars is inhabited by small alien creatures.

“I found a groundhog, some call them Marmots on Mars today,” he wrote on a blog post. “The animal is standing on all fours and it's looking to the right side of the photo. Its eyes, nose, hair, and its leg stance all match.”

“This is proof that some small animals are alive and well on Mars today,” he added. “Yes, I say it’s alive. Its color matches the area, just like a normal groundhogs color blends in.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Waring across an animal-like creature on Mars. On a previous blog post, Waring claimed that he spotted a rabbit-like alien creature in a photo taken by the Opportunity rover on the Red Planet. He even said that the images of the creature on NASA’s website showed that it was moving.

NASA, however, clarified that the creature is not alive nor an alien. Instead, the agency believes it is a soft piece of material that came from the vehicle that brought Opportunity to Mars.

First Image from a Mars Rover
This true-color image is the result of the first observation of a target selected autonomously by NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity using newly developed and uploaded software named Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS. NASA/JPL-Caltech