Zambian locals ran away in terror when they saw a strange human-like figure appear in the clouds above a shopping centre.
The alleged apparition, which looked like a Dementor from the Harry Potter movies, was spotted above the Mukuba Mall in Kitwe.
Photographs show a large humanoid head and torso, tailing into the sky and it is thought to have measured more than 100 metres (330ft) long.
The dense black shape looked like it was made from a different material from the clouds.
From the angle of the photograph, it looks like the apparition was looking down on the shopping centre.