Michelle Klein, 64, was about to take a shower before going to bed, when she noticed something “not quite right” about the toilet seat.
“I was ready to get into the shower when I saw it reflected on the mirror. I wasn’t sure what it was! My first reaction, obviously, was to think it was an earthquake. Then I realized it was no earthquake, so I began screaming for help. I live alone in the house, my husband and I divorced two years ago…I knew right away no one was coming to help,” she said.
The toilet lid was violently shaking. Inside, a creature was preparing to surprise the retired teacher.
“I thought it was a snake, one of those ugly pets that always come up on the news. But oh Jesus! I didn’t expect something like this.”
With the use of a broom, Klein was able to lift the toilet lid from what she considered a safe distance.
“I was afraid it’d bite me on the feet, I was only wearing a robe, so honestly, I felt quite vulnerable. When I opened the cover I took a peek and I almost had a heart attack.”
A long, red arm made its way out of the toilet down to the blue tiled floor.
“I jumped back and screamed, I didn’t believe what I was seeing. So I started hitting it with the broom and it grabbed it. I could see big hooks on it, attached to the stick. It looked like a squid, or an octopus!”
But instead of retreating, Klein said, her aggressive intervention triggered an unexpected reaction from the uninvited guest.
“It kept coming at me! It held on to the broom with incredible strength,” she said clenching her fists. “So I let the broom go and it tossed it. But it kept coming towards where I was standing, next to the door, so I wasn’t able to run away. I was literally trapped in my own bathroom.”
Then, she said, the story took an interesting turn. The leg’s color changed from red to blue as soon as it touched the floor.
“You know like the chameleons? It was very fast.”
According to Klein, the incident lasted approximately one minute before the creature lost interest and rapidly went back to where it came from. She said she wasn’t able to see its head.
Octopusses can mimic their environment as a way of camouflage to hide from their predators. They are considered highly intelligent animals that are capable of solving complex problems. Some species, such as the veined octopus, has been observed building shelters out of coconut shells.