Animal cutouts appear across metro area as a new mystery sweeps through area

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DENVER -- A mystery is sweeping through the Denver metro area after dozens of wooden animal cutouts started popping up overnight Tuesday.

At least 30 wooden cutouts of monkeys and elephants have been discovered from downtown Denver to southeast Aurora, Centennial and Parker. Most were discovered Monday and no one can seem to figure out what they are for.

Last month in another mystery, strange baby faces popped up around the metro area.

Organizers created a Facebook page called Wooden Monkey Elephants where people can share photos of the cutouts and theories on what they mean. A few more clues can also be found throughout the comments.

The page tells people “We’re not just silly and cute. We have a serious and timely message for our community. Will you be one of the first to solve our riddle?” It also says people that something “fun” awaits the community and that there will be “great” news to share soon.

Most of the animals have been located outside schools, banks and marijuana dispensaries. Some people have also received postcards with the same animal shapes and #TWYA written on it.

There is a website that seems to be linked to the movement. It is vague, but leads visitors to six other websites: The Colorado Legislature, a group called Colorado Succeeds, PAWS, the Federal Reserve System’s regulation information, a list of new movies that will be coming out in May and a YouTube video of bad karaoke singers.

While no one knows for sure what it all means, people are having a lot of fun trying to figure it out. Several elementary schools have taken the cutouts to decorate. The group said more of the animals could be placed around the area.

The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers reached out to the organizers, who would not talk before they reveal the purpose of their campaign.

“Our goal is to drive larger scale awareness, run some contests, create more fun and mystery, give away some money and prizes, then do the reveal ... likely that will all happen within just a few days," organizers said in a statement. "We're looking for high intensity and high curiosity over a relatively short period -- and we believe the rollout will make a big difference in the lives of families and communities all over Denver.”

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