Monday, April 24, 2006

Puerto Rico: Animal Mutilation

Date: 4-18-06
Type: Animal Mutilation
Day: Early hours of April 18, 2006
Place: Urb. Pepino near San Sebastian
Time: 02:00 a.m.
Witnesses: Maria Velez, her mother, neighbors, researcher Wilfrido Gonz�lez, Dr. Eric de Juan Torres (veterinarian of the Borinquen Veterinary Clinic, responsible for the necropsy, etc.)
Evidence: photos, field research data and necropsy.
Summary: Maria told researcher Lucy Guzman that her mother had a dog with three puppies. On Monday, April 17 2006 at around 8:30 p.m., Mar�a heard her dogs barking frantically.
In the early hours of Tuesday April 18, at around 2:00 a.m., the neighbor's Dalmatian broke its chain and was barking at the door leading to the rear of Maria's mother's house. Mar�a's mother hollered at the dog to make it stop barking, and the animal withdrew.
Maria's mother's dog did not bark, nor was any sound heard from the pups (mixed breed - poodle with mutt). No other sound was heard aside from that.

At around 11:00 a.m., 18 April 2006, Mar�a's mother found one of the pups dead. It gave the appearance of having been suctioned through its rectum. The tail had been severed as if with scissors (the tail was found on the scene). The area, which was made of cement, showed no signs of blood. No other laceration or bite on the body was found except for the affected area in the rectum, which was completely cored out, and "some gooey, yellow secretions."
Mar�a also reported that at the time of the events no one heard anything except for the owner of the Dalmatian, who noticed that his other dog was restless inside the house and kept running from the living room to the door leading outside. Aside from this, no one has reported anything else amiss on the ground or in the air, nor has anyone seen anything or perceived strange odors at the time of the events, etc.
Maria phoned researcher Wilfredo Gonzalez of the NASAIC organization, who took photos from all angles and of the affected area, conducting field research. He later took the pup to a friend of his to perform a necropsy.
During the course of a phone conversation between Lucy Guzman and Wilfredo Gonzalez on Saturday, April 22, 2006, he told her that when he reported to Maria's mother's house, the woman had thrown the dead puppy into a trash can. Flies were covering the pup and he was forced to spray chemicals to kill them. He conducted his field research and took the carcass to Dr. Eric de Jesus Torres of the Borinquen Veterinary Clinic to perform the necropsy.
Field Research: Researcher Wilfredo Gonzalez photographed the area from a variety of angles, even the injuries presented. He verified the presence of possible prints, points of entry or other evidence, inspecting the perimeter. Noting that the area in which the events occur is practically inaccessible for any animal, since the area is an alleyway between two residences. The walls of these two residences represent walls 10 feet tall on each side, and at the end of this alley is a cyclone fence without any holes and in perfect condition. Furthermore, this fence is covered by zinc plates. There is also another gate made of galvanized pipes and cyclone fencing in the front of the alleyway. The house fence, which stands 4.5 feet, is made of cement and cyclone fencing and is also in perfect conditions.
Conclusions reached by Researcher Wilfredo Gonzalez based on the findings of Dr. Eric de Jesus Torres: The tail was severed by some type of cutting instrument, as it presented a clean cut. The wound was an open wound through which almost the entire rectum was removed; there was no tissue since it (sic) was removed and the entire border of the wound consisted of irregular edges. Unlike the tail, which was a clean cut, the open would had a size of around 2 inches in circumference. All that was left were the hind legs. No blood spots were found. During the necropsy, Dr. Torres indicated that the small animal betrayed no other signs of piercing injuries or scratches. Furthermore, he indicated that the animal had part of its intestines removed as well as the right hemisphere of its heart. No blood exam was conducted since the animal was in a histolytic condition. With regard to the viscous substance, this could not be verified, since the animal had been sprinkled with fly-killing insecticide, thus altering the substance's chemical composition. Therefore the chemical tests would not shed faithful and precise data. Dr. Torres concluded the cannot say that the mutilation was performed by a dog or any other animal, since there aren't sufficient elements to reach a conclusion.
(Translation (c) 2006. Scott Corrales. Special thanks to Lucy Guzman, OVNI.NET and Wilfrido Gonzalez)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Argentina: More on the Lake Nahuel Huapi Monster

Source: El Cordillerano Edicion Digital
Date: April 17, 2006
A man reported to the newsroom of El Cordillerano and left the photos. He surprised everyone who saw them. Then began the analyses by all those who looked at them; some were frightened, others displayed their disbelief. But there can be no doubt that a significant commotion occurs in Bariloche when "Nahuelito" is discussed.

The images, taken from a short distance on the lake, show what appears to be an animal similar to a snake, with a semi-submerged body. The photos were taken with an analog camera and the unknown person left three of them behind. The man who brought the photos left so quickly and mysteriously that it didn't give us time to ask him where he'd taken them from.

Nahuelito is an unknown aquatic creature which, according to popular belief, lives in Argentina's Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Much like Nessie, his Scottish counterpart, his name stems from the body of water he supposedly inhabits and his existence was never confirmed in spite of the systematic research conducted. The legend is well-known throughout the country and it has become a classic reference in books and articles on cryptozoology.

The source of the legend goes back to native accounts prior to the Conquest. The first explorers gleaned stories from the natives regarding occasional encounters with massive lake monsters. The first recorded sighting dates back to 1910, although George Garret, the eyewitness, went public with the story much later.

In 1910, Garret worked for a company located near Nahuel Huapi. One day that year, after sailing the lake and getting ready to make landfall, he saw a creature some 400 meters away whose visible parts measured between 5 and 7 meters long, and stood out some two meters over the water.

Upon discussing his experience with the locals, Garret learned of similar accounts put forth by the natives. But the event was made public in 1922, when he told his story to the Toronto Globe. It was at that time that the first expedition to find Nahuelito was being outfitted, and the controversy had reached it maximum point, appearing in the international press.

Since 1897, Dr. Clemente Onelli, director of the Buenos Aires Zoo, had been receiving sporadic reports about a strange creature living in the Patagonian lakes. In 1922 he received the eyewitness account of Martin Sheffield, an American gold prospector, concerning the discovery of large animal prints on the shores of Nahuel Huapi, in whose center Sheffield claimed to have seen a tremendous unknown creature.

Convinced by Sheffield's report, Onelli decided to organize a search, which was led by the Zoo's superintendent, Jose Chiagi. Among the expedition members were renowned hunters armed with elephant guns, and dynamite with which to blast the lake.

The matter of permission was soon resolved and the expedition set out, but it returned to Buenos Aires without yielding positive results. The story had international repercussions and was even discussed in such publications as Scientific American.

Bariloche's growth as a tourist destination, on the shores of Nahuel Huapi, caused an increase in occasional sightings, but no conclusive proof was ever obtained.

A number of theories have been proposed to explain the myth, but none stand up to serious scrutiny.

Native legends can hardly be quoted as argument, since the natives had legends concerning water monsters in nearly all of Patagonia's lakes and rivers. Nahuelito's direct ancestor appears to be the local myth of the "cuero", a headless, legless monster that reputedly lived in the lake.

The most popular theory involves the prehistoric monster. Nahuelito would be a survivor from the Age of Reptiles, probably a plesiosaur. Others support the theory that it could be an ichthyosaur, based on the abundance of animal fossils of this sort found in the region. However, the Patagonian lakes were formed in a geological age that came after the extinction of dinosaurs, which would refute this hypothesis.

It has also been suggested that Nahuelito could be a Mylodon, a long-extinct terrestrial mammal, which did not have any aquatic habits despite matching some of the descriptions given.

A more recent (and outrageous) theory suggests that Nahuelito is a mutation of some local creature resulting from the nuclear experiments conducted in the 1950s by German scientists (or more recently by the Bariloche Atomic Center).

Perhaps the latest theory to reach the public is the one that ascribes the manifestations to a small submarine of unknown origin, which many interpret as a modern cultural adaptation of the lake monster myth. But this last theory has never been proven.

It is remarkable though that the majority, though not all, of sighting describe Nahuelito similarly: a length of approximately 10-15 meters, two humps, leathery skin and sometimes, a swan-shaped neck. This characterization agrees with the descriptions made by the Mapuche Indians 200 years ago. This suggests that science has hitherto been unable to explain certain observations -- not that the observations are untrue because science has failed to explain them.

(Translation (c) 2006. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU). Special thanks to Ricardo Lopez Rende)

Argentina: Latest Photo of the Lake Nahuel Huapi "Monster"?

Source: El Cordillerano Edicion Digital (Argentina)
Date: Monday, April 17, 2006
Photos were left behind by anonymous reader at the newsroom

The man came to our newsroom, spoke to the receptionist and left her an envelope with three photos and a note that read: "This is not a tree trunk with a capricious shape. This is not a wave. Nahuelito showed his face. Lake Nahuel Huapi, Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. I'm not giving my personal information to avoid future headaches." We are presenting the images. Let each one reach his/her own conclusions.

(Translation (c) 2006 Scott Corrales, Special thanks to Ricardo Lopez Rende)