Considering their penchant for cool streams and their nocturnal habits, giant salamanders are rarely spotted out and about during the day. The sight of this salamander alarmed some Kyoto residents so much they phoned the local law enforcement.
At first, the police department didn't believe the sightings, the Austrian Times reports. "Not only are they very rarely seen on land, but also if they do come out, it is usually only at night. So to see one lying beside the road apparently enjoying the sunshine is very unusual," said police spokesperson Fuyuki Fujino.