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Animal foot found in shoe in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 7 (UPI) -- A running shoe holding the severed foot from an unidentified animal was found washed ashore in British Columbia, Canadian authorities say.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Annie Linteau said a woman out for a walk found the shoe and foot floating in Vancouver's Powell River Saturday, Postmedia News reported.

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Like seven previous feet washed ashore in British Columbia, it was inside a running shoe but upon examination Sunday night, the Coroner's Service declared the foot was not human.

In all, 10 feet have been found on Washington and British Columbia since August 2007, the last one being December in Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma police said the size 6 Ozark Trail brand hiking boot probably belonged to a young person or small adult, Postmedia said.

"We've always described these cases as odd," Linteau told The Province in December. "But in all of our cases, there has been no indication the feet have been severed or forcibly removed. It seems to have happened through a natural process."

Previous feet have been found on a Richmond beach and on Whidbey Island in Washington.

Forensic experts confirmed the remains actually belonged to an animal.

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How the various feet came to be enclosed in running shoes is not clear.

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