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'Real' Fairy Captured In Guadalajara, Mexico By Jose Maldonado (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/18/11 11:23 AM ET Updated: 10/18/11 06:12 AM ET

Thousands of people have waited in line for hours and paid to see what one man claims is a real fairy in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The so-called fairy -- which skeptics say closely resembles a popular plastic toy -- soaks in a jar of formaldehyde inside Jose Maldonado's home, according to news agency IANS.

The 22-year-old unemployed bricklayer said that when he found the magical sprite, it was still alive.

"I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly. I picked it up and felt that it was moving; when I looked at it I knew that it was a fairy godmother," Maldonado told EFE, a Mexican news agency.

It's unclear how the two-centimeter tall, red and gold fairy died. But now she's on display in a small dish.

Even though it's hard to believe that Maldonado hunted down a real-life Tinkerbell, more than 3,000 visitors paid the equivalent of $1.60 for a glimpse of the pixie.

Mexican news stations have filmed long lines of people waiting in what is described as one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods of Guadalajara to see Maldonado's fairy.