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Epic Video 'Shows Huge Mob in Taipei Racing After Pokemon'

A surreal video that purports to show thousands of Pokemon Go players in Taiwan stampeding after a Snorlax — a relatively rare creature in the Pokemon pantheon — could, if confirmed, be indicative of just how all-consuming the smartphone game has become.

The unverified video was first posted on Facebook Saturday by a user in the Taiwanese capital Taipei, and later posted on YouTube. In it, we see a mob pushing through an intersection in what looks like the city’s Xinbeitou district with the urgency and intensity one usually expects of marathons or attempts to escape alien invasions or terrorist attacks. There was a Snorlax waiting for them, it is alleged, and so they took off en masse.

While TIME has not authenticated the clip, Chinese media reports say that the Xinbeitou area has become a daily focus for “thousands” of players looking to catch the particularly exotic Pokemon that appear to populate the surrounding streets. Overcrowding is so intense, reports say, that the civil defense brigade has had to be called in, along with police reinforcements from neighboring areas.

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