Thursday, July 30, 2009

Argentina: Invisible UFO Photographed Over La Pampa

Source: CEUFO
Date: 07.30.09

Argentina: “Invisible” UFO Photographed Over La Pampa

On Saturday, June 20, 2009, a team from the Centro de Estudios UFO (CEUFO) consisting of Lili Moronta, Fabian Romano and Quique Mario surveyed an area known as “El Durazno” some 95 kilometers soutwest of the city fo Santa Rosa, in an area where the wilderness and the first ridges that the locals call “cerros” can be found, some 350 meters above sea level.

The survey took place along Route 14 and began shortly after 10:00 at the “La Araña” wilderness. The group took photographs of the area and chatted with local residents about a phenomenon that is not the least bit strange to them. Stories of “lights” and strange vehicles seen even in broad daylight are everyday occurences.

Shortly after noon, when the team ascended “Cerro Cortado”, taking photos with digital cameras of the latest technology, they noticed nothing strange while capturing the landscape in several directions.

At night, upon inspecting the first images, a photo caught their attention (displayed above) and which will be subjected to specialists for analysis. While Fabian Romano inspected the layout of the hill, Quique Mario took a photo in which a strange object can be seen flying under the cloudiness that dominated the region.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Quique Mario, CEUFO and Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The General and The Aliens

The General and the Aliens
By Scott Corrales
(with thanks to Raul Núñez)

A number of books and magazine features have been written, over the years, about the presence of strange non-human “counselors” or “advisors” whose presence has weighed heavily upon some of the most important figures in world history. The exact nature of these shadowy beings has always been a matter of controversy: some have associated them with space aliens, time travelers, envoys from the court of the King of the World in legendary, subterranean Aghartha, tutelary spirits, ascended masters. As these entities never present their credentials, and the gulf of centuries separates us from their activities, these accounts are safely circumscribed to myth and hearsay. These visits, while usually reserved for individuals endowed with political or military power, have sometimes been bestowed upon others, as in the case of the resplendent beings who visited the alchemist Facius Cardan in August, 1491, and who discussed the nature of the universe and the immortality of the soul. These entities, appearing before the befuddled alchemist, were arrayed in gold and purple armor with glittering boots. One of them, the foremost among them, was described as having “the most commanding air...and a face that was dark red in color.”

Might this red-faced elemental have been the “Red Man” who appeared on three separate occasions to Napoleon Bonaparte? And what of the “Grey Man” who aided and abetted the conquests of King Charles XII of Sweden, and the longhaired figure that supposedly showed George Washington the “birth, growth and destiny of the United States?” These unknown parties bestowed crucial information that benefited, or provided encouragement, to these historical figures at critical moment.

Brad Steiger, the master chronicler of the unknown, gives us added insight into the specifics of these meetings in his book Atlantis Rising (NY: Dell, 1973). The headstrong Napoleon was admonished by the “Red Man” to desist from his efforts to conquer Egypt, predicting the expedition’s failure. “True to the Red Man’s predictions,” writes Steiger, “the Egyptian campaign failed. In 1809, after the Battle of Wagram, Napoleon made his headquarters at Schonbrunn, where again he received the mysterious visitor.” The Red Man would grace the Little Corporal with his presence once more, in 1814, when beset by his enemies, the emperor was forced to consider abdication. “It is said that Napoleon beseeched the Red Man for time to complete the execution of certain proposals, but the prophetic messenger gave him only three months to achieve a general peace or it would all be over for him.” The emperor was unable to do this, opting instead for a renewed military option, and was forced to abdicate and withdraw to his first place of exile – the Italian island of Elba.

Our friends at IIEE Chile have recently posted to their blog an article written by one of the forgotten giants of South American paranormal studies – Prof. Francisco Aniceto Lugo, whose essays appeared magazines and journals on both sides of the Atlantic and whose speculative works, such as Las Cuatro Grandes Catastrofes Cosmicas Mundiales (Mexico: Editorial Orión, 1978) are highly sought by collectors.

Professor Lugo’s article bears the title “Bolivar y los Extraterrestres” (Bolivar and the Extraterrestrials) -- referring to the General Simon Bolivar, who won the independence of five South American countries from Spain – and it issue No. 56 of Revista Kabala, dated June 1981. The article goes on to include General Bolivar among the illustrious personages to have face-to-face encounters with these beings, and we translate his article below with sincere thanks to Raul Nuñez of the IIEE.

Bolivar and the Extraterrestrials
By Francisco Aniceto Lugo

It must seem very strange to our readers to see me state that the Liberator had contact with aliens and received information from them. In saying this, I am basing myself upon the very important historical research of Don Luis Beltrán Reyes, which are rather well documented and therefore worthy of trust. At no point does he suggest that the three strange men that mysteriously interviewed the Liberator were aliens, but the characteristics of these beings, as described, are sufficient for me to sustain, as I do now, that they were in fact aliens without question. During the course of his famous military campaigns, Bolivar would meet with three mysterious men, very strange in their appearance, and whose arrival and departure, or no man knew the means through which this was achieved. According to the description given by Luis Beltrán Reyes, these three men were tall and distinguished in their manner. They wore white uniforms with white dress coats and golden cuffs, with the extraordinary detail that [the uniforms] were emblazoned with golden spikes that gave off a strange luminescence. They also wore Wellington-style boots, but the strangest feature was that their footsteps could not be heard as they walked. Moreover, some witnesses say that they were endowed with magical powers, such as the ability to become invisible whenever they deemed it necessary.

These strange men practically followed the Liberator everywhere and conferred with him, especially when critical situations arose in military situations or great battles, to insure the success of Bolivar's troops. Surely, these interviews were far from being common knowledge among the combatants. They took place in great secrecy and confidence. Nonetheless, the fact that they were taking place filtered down to events frequented by the high command, and these officers began wondering the role being played by these strange people. The intrusion – to give it a name – of these three strange beings, fostered by the Liberator, became more noticeable every day and Bolivar’s staff became increasingly concerned, in the belief that these people were being apprised of the plans of the independence movement, thus jeopardizing its triumph through the alleged disclosure of important secrets. But it could not be further from the truth, since it was these “extraterrestrials” that surely displayed the true progress of events to the Liberator, all the while finding the best way to counteract the military progress of the Royalists and obtain a resounding victory as soon as possible. Of course, the information exchanged between the extraterrestrials and the Liberator was the greatest secret; only a few people were aware of this, and only then indirectly.

Day after day, the presence of these three unknown individuals causes increasing concern among members of Bolivar’s staff and his closest friends, who believed that the affair could have disastrous consequences for the Patriots, to the extent that Santander [Gen. Francisco de Paula Santander, 1792-1840] was moved to address a letter to the Liberator: “There is nothing that grieves me more than to contradict your thoughts, but see, My General, that I’m a sincere and honest man. I further suppose that Your Excellency shall make good use of his new friends, given the power they profess to have. But I repeat, My General, that no one knows them or their true intentions...”

One of Bolivar’s closest friends, Don Pepe Paris, wrote about the matter to a friend in Santa Marta three years after the Liberator’s death: “I believe they were the Liberator’s advisors. On my part, I was glad for it, as you know how much I loved Bolivar and how it pained me to see him surrounded by ingrates and enemies...” This also goes to show that some of the Liberator’s nearest and dearest believed that the three unknown men he met with could have an unfavorable influence on the War of Independence. However, they were never seen to have had any kind of untoward effect on the matters of the great armed encounters of the Revolution.

Before the battle of Carabobo, for example, Bolivar met at Tinaquillo with the three enigmatic characters, and as is well known, this tremendous feat of arms (in which nearly the entire Venezuelan nation took part, young men, teenagers and the elderly, along with women of all ages and even the infirm) was the decisive engagement of the struggle for independence. It can therefore be said that the influence exerted by the three unknown characters was evidently a positive one.

The fact that the golden spikes emblazoned on their uniforms gave off a strange luminescence, the fact that their footsteps could not be heard, the no less important fact that they had certain magical powers, even to become “invisible” when circumstances dictated the need, along with other details, make it clear that these enigmatic beings could have been aliens. On the other hand, General Santander himself confirms this characteristic when he writes in his letters of “the powers they profess to have...” Moreover, Manuelita Sáenz [Bolivar’s influential mistress] remarked about these significant characteristics in later years, after the Liberator’s death, when answering questions put to her by the eminent figures that visited her in Paita.

Not a few great men who have changed the course of History have had the protection of the gods. Bolivar, bent on carrying out the most astonishing adventure of all times, could not be the exception. This thrills us, stimulates us, and tells us at the same time that our people are not alone. We have, without question, aside from the protection afforded to all by Divine Providence, the protection of the gods.

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Professor Lugo ends his article by employing – twice – the suggestive term “the gods” to refer to these elusive presences. In doing so, he hearkens back to the much-too-human gods of antiquity and their penchant for sometimes directing, or meddling, with the course of human events. Arrayed in unsubtle white uniforms with golden facings, emitting light from the rayed emblem on their chests, Simon Bolivar’s secret “war cabinet” could have stumbled out of a contactee chronicle of the 1950s...or Faucius Cardan’s 15th century description of the elemental or angelic beings that visited him. The interest evinced by these entities in human warfare has been picked up by other authors, such as the late Andreas Faber Kaiser, who mentions the manifestations of angelic and/or saintly figures throughout the conquest of the Inca and Aztec empires by the enterprising Spanish conquistadores. These beings sought to terrify the native resistance, assuring them that all efforts at fighting the invaders were fruitless. Strategic matters are also of interest to them, if we believe the legend that the Emperor Constantine, while tracing out the walls of his “New Rome”, said that an invisible being was guiding him in delineating the walls – aided by a spear – on the soft soil of the Bosphorus. The city of Constantinople would stand for a thousand years as the final redoubt of the Roman tradition, and endures today as Istanbul.

Readers with more than just a casual interest in ufology and high strangeness are surely reminded by all this of how “groups of three” appear to be prevalent in non-human manifestations of which we have records in the 20th century: the notorious Men in Black tend to appear in threes, some classic encounters with “ufonauts” in the Fifties and Sixties involved landing parties (for want of a better term) of three beings. Christian researchers have seen in this the possible demonic nature of such presences, which seek to mock the Trinity. But regardless of their origin or activities in the past, the more fitting question would perhaps be: are any contemporary world leaders receiving advice or solace from such shadowy figures, and if so, what outcome might this have for our times? A distressing thought.

Monday, July 27, 2009

HOAX - The Beings of Light at Ongamira

We received word today from Argentinean UFO researcher Daniel Valverdi of CODIGO OVNI providing a backstory to the INEXPLICATA posting "Argentina: Beings of Light in Ongamira?"

Mr. Valverdi reports that Pablo Dessy sent him the JPG file in September 2008, stating that he was at that location - but not in the photo - and that they had actually seen that manifestation. The photo file was manipulated "in order to remove someone who did not want to be in it."

The image was submitted to Salvatore Carta for analysis. The result? The photo shows nothing aside from two people lit by the sun, overexposing them as they enter the cave. The same condition can be seen on the surface upon which the "beings" are standing.

INEXPLICATA thanks Messrs. Valverdi and Carta for their efforts at setting the record straight.

Mexico: The Xochitepec Fireball - UFO or Meteorite?

Source: El Sol de Cuernavaca
Date: July 26, 2009

Mexico: The Xochitepec Fireball - UFO or Meteorite?

Residents of Xochitepec were treated to the sight of a "ball of fire" over Avenida Aeropuerto in the Miguel Hidalgo section of town. The witnesses fixed their eyes on a brilliant object in the sky for five minutes, before the sighting ended in a lightning-like flash and disappeared.

The unidentified object's presence drew the attention of many: some took out their camcorders, others photographed the "ball of fire" that seemed to fall very slowly from the heavens under clear skies.

Some claimed having heard a buzzing sound, stating unequivocally that it was not an airplane or anything known. Furthermore, its descent was slow and perpendicular. Several minutes into the sighting, people were shocked to see the object fire a bright light, resembling a beam or a bolt of lightning.

After this, the object commenced its slow ascent until it vanished from sight.
Whatever it was, it certainly captivated the locals. Some were astonished and others frightened; there were even those who spoke of the object as "an ill omen" signaling the arrival of plagues and diseases. They do not think that it was a meteorite, as these fall in seconds and are high in the sky -- but this object was at the same height as the clouds, of which there were none at the time.

The spectacle took place at 22:15 hours on Thursday, July 23 2009. The photos taken by a local resident were forwarded to this newsroom and are published here for everyone to draw their own conclusions.

[Note from Prof. Ana Luisa Cid: According to eyewitness accounts, the alleged UFO fired a sort of beam, a situation that has been documented in other sightings, such as the Gabriel Hernandez case in Mexico City and the Bocovna UFO sighting in Chihuahua)

(Translation (c) 2009 S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Prof. Ana Luisa Cid)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Colombia: A UFO Over Envigado?

Source: Diario El Colombiano
Date: 07.21.09

Colombia: A UFO over Envigado?

The night skies on July 20th were iluminated not only by the pyrotechnics that celebrate the 199th anniversary of Colombia's independence. The clear skies over Envigado made it possible to see what Isabel Christina Fernández believes was a very large object that remained static in the firmament for over half an hour.

At around 10:40 pm, Isable went out to the balcony of her home on Loma del Esmeraldal and was startled to see a distant light of considerable size and a rhomboidal shape. She waited until 11:00 p.m. to see if the object vanished,but it remained visible.

On account of its bright yellow lights and shape, Isabel does not believe that it could have been an airplane. Furthermore, she confirmed that other people had seen it, when she heard several residents of Envigado discussing the sighting on a local radio program on Tuesday.

However, Luis Fernando Velásquez, Air Traffic Control supervisor at the Jose Maria Cordova airport, on nights like this Monday's, when the clear skies enable a view of airplanes crossing our airspace, it is very easy for a person to mistake the lights of one of these objects with an unknown object. "For example, an airliner from Panama
passed over the city of Medellín at that same time on Monday. Its powerful lights could have caused this mistaken perception. Moreover, we had no reports of unidentified flying objects by controllers and pilots."

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Argentina: Beings of Light in Ongamira?

Date: 07.22.09

Beings of Light in Ongamira?
By Ana Luisa Cid

Ongamira is a valley located 25 kilometers distant from Capilla del Monte, Argentina. It is renowned for its caves and abundant vegetation.

It is also a place of interest to scholars of the paranormal, who claim that "dimensional doorways" exist in the area and that UFOs and luminous beings have been seen there on repeated occasions. And it was precisely here in Ongamira that this photo was taken, sent to me by Pablo Dessy, who says it was given to him by a friend who lives in the region.

In fact, we know very little about this photo. We do not know the date on which it was taken, or the name of the photographer who -- supposedly -- pointed his camera toward the cave and was not aware of the phenomenon at the time.

According to Pablo, a male and female entity are visible.

Technical data: According to the EXIF file, the photo was modified on 23 August 2008 with Photoshop. We do not know if this modification is a sign of digital trickery or if the software in question was employed for other purposes (clipping, enlarging, enhancing, etc.)

For this reason, the question remains open: are there beings of light in Ongamira?

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Argentina: Strange Lights Over Nogoyá

Source: Diario Victoria
Date: 07/19/09

Argentina: Strange Lights Over Nogoyá

Local residents informed Diario Nogoyá of manifestations of strange lights in the sky that moved in different directions. The phenomenon occured last Thursday and happened again on Thursday evening toward Victoria.

These persons, living in a field near the farm (estancia) that was the property of former governor Carlos Contín,claimed seeing lights in the sky traveling from left to right for a while, before ascending and returning in the

opposite direction to their original position. Upon seeing that the phenomenon did not coincide with known sources of light, such as the highway lightings or a nearby silo manufacturing plant, other people were summoned to verify their sightings. The event occurred once more on the following day, on Friday night and in the same direction.

The lights were brighter than stars, and one of them appeared to come closer at one time, shifting colors from white to red, and growing larger. The protagonists stated that the landscape offers better visibility toward the Victoria

area, as it slopes downward and there are no obstacles. As of this moment it is not known if there are ground traces or any abnormalities on the surface, but expectation is great among the locals.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E.)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Argentina: A Roundup of UFO Sightings

Source: El Norte en Movimiento
Date: July 15, 2009

Argentina: A Roundup of UFO Sightings

15 December 2008: A Pampan pilot photographs two strange objects in different positions at the border between the provinces of Buenos Aires and La Pampa using a cellphone.
8 December 2008: Witnesses at Ataliva Roca see a powerful red light toward the west, oscilating under cloudy skies.
16 December 2008: A luminous triangle flies over Santa Rosa in a SE-NW heading. Object was sizeable and well-defined.
16 March 2008: UFO photographed in seen in Santa Rosa and photographed over General Pico.
10 January 2008: Several residents of Santa Rosa see a UFO in broad daylight, amidst a storm.
6 June 2009: Oscar "Chango" Guitierrez, a television producer, photographs a strange object as he travels along Rt. 35 from north to south, pulling over to take a photo of the sunrise shortly before driving into the town of Peru.
24 June 2009: Members of CEUFO photograph two strange luminous objects over Laguna Don Tomás in Santa Rosa.

Strange Beings

13 April 2007: A photograph is taken of an entity near an airplane parked at the Macachín Aerodrome. Entity is nearly 80 centimeters tall; image was enlarged and subjected to analysis, revealing such details as parts of the body, consisiting of head (with frontal eyes), upper extremities (arms or wings), torso and lower extremeties. The photo was taken by Fabian Romano, a photographer of that locality under optimal lighting conditions (noon) using a Minolta digital camera with 135mm and a 1/1000 speed. The image was only noticed when scrutinized on a computre.
September 2008: A hunter spotted a "critter" in the Pampan wilderness. "It gave me the sensation that it arrived floating, and it stopped near the stream," he said. [The entity] cause a horse to whinny and the ranch's dogs to bark desperately. The strange animal stood on four legs and the back of its neck was white, with protuberances in its head and ears the same color as the neck. The rest of the body was dark. The hunter opened fire with a 30.06 rifle, but only a small puddle of blood was found the next day.

At the same place on the following day, another hunter witnessed the presence of two strange "red-eyed" beings that approached the area, making a strange sound that he compared with that of a dog's whine. It rained heavily over the area, making the recovery of blood samples impossible.

Crop Circles

January 2007: During the aerial fumigation, strange marks were seen on a corn-planted lot in the rural area of Miguel Riglos. Attention was drawn to the fact that the missing foiliage within it showed odd characters similar to rectangles and circles where other irregular figures were also in evidence. Over 20 drawings could be seen, characterized by a suggestive alignment. An initial evaluation of these marks suggests a failure of the harvesting equipment in several areas.
However, some of the the figures do not contain straight-line incisions, and those resembling circles are predominant. There are also isolated irregualr shapes. The grouping of these alleged drawings is on the southwestern edge of the lot that borders the 33 KW line belonging to the provincial interconnected system. Curiously, the dispersion of these symbols corresponds to alleged and imaginary horizontal "axis lines" running from East to West or vice-versa, in the same direction as the cultivation.

Cattle Mutilations

April 2002: The entire country was shaken by the hundreds of animals found mutilated in the fields. Despite talk of the "red-muzzled mouse", the explanation did not convince many. Furthermore, strange lights had been seen around the phenomenon.
Over 700 mutilations were reported to the authorities during the first months of 2002. The majority of these cases involved bovines, althought to a lesser extent, they also included horses, hogs, wild boar, sheep and deer. The attacks became sporadic later on. Another attack occurred in September 2008 at Colonia El Indio, 20 Km from Santa Rosa. On March 28, 2009, a calf was mutilated but not killed -- an unheard-of occurence in this phenomenon.
26 June 2009: A Hereford cow is found slain in the Puelches area. Lights had been previously reported in the area and not even dogs would approach the dead animal.
21 June 2009: A mutilated dog was found by an official of the Agustoni commune. The animal's head and some vital organs were missing, but no trace of blood whatsoever was found.


There are people who speak of attempted abductions. However, this case involves a policeman who vanished for 18 hours and was found later in a state of shock, lying in a fetal position some 40 km away from the place he was last seen.
"Tests were performed, and he was evaluated by psychiatrists from Santa Rosa and Cordoba, who ascertained that the young man had undergone a powerful experience," said Quique Mario. "During part of his testimony, he said that he could see the country side from above and in little squares, giving the impression that he had been flying aboard something that flew over the area. He described things that we later ascertained were real. For example, he described parts of the La Barrancosa ranch that can only be seen from above. He remained idle for a year, but later rejoined the police force in the Communications area. His poor health prompted authorities to grant him early retirement.
The event resulted in a court case that was given to Criminal Court No. 4, under Judge Luis Abraham. "The judge is willing to discuss the subject from a legal standpoint, as there are details that still lack an explanation. The Judge's openness is essential when it comes to documenting and making an increasingly more detailed investigation," noted Quique Mario.

Missing Water

Another of the notorious events of the year 2002 was the missing water from the "Australian Tanks" at the mutilation areas. Aside from the water absconded from these cattle watering tanks, there are incidents of water extracted from swimming pools in suburban communities such as Ugarte, Trenque, Lauquen, Toay, Parera, Miguel Riglos, Macachín and others.
In all cases, it was determined that the water tanks did not show any abnormalities that would have caused the losses. Nor were any spills detected in the areas surrounding the tanks.
In most cases, mutilated animals were found in the vicinity. And in several cases, local cattlemen reported seen "strange lights" nearby.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Argentina: Cattle Mutilations on the Rise (CEUFO)

Argentina: Cattle Mutilations on the Rise
By Quique Mario, CEUFO

July 2009: Seven bovines were found mutilated last week in a farm near Puelches, in Southwestern La Pampa. The information was confirmed to CEUFO by local cattlemen who expressed their concern at the new incidents and stated “they did not occur in a single day; rather, they took place throughout the week” while one woman, a ranch owner, added that “strange lights were seen maneuvering over the area for several nights throughout the region.”

It should be noted that throughout this area, the presence of “lights” and “vehicles” is so common that on several occasion, local residents contacted CEUFO to witness the maneuvers of “strange vehicles” that are even visible over the area during the daytime hours – a region that is being scourged by a remarkable drought.

The eyewitness accounts include those by police officers and community authorities of the southern communities, who have come to consider the phenomenon as folklore.

Cattle mutilations have re-entered the conversations of livestock producers and residents of various regions of La Pampa and central Argentina in general.

Every so often, almost cyclically, the subject of mutilated animals, slain with alarming precision, appears once more in the media, especially in the nation’s heartland. La Pampa takes center stage and a wide array of comments emerge from discussions at coffeehouses, cattlemen’s’ associations, and all the towns in Argentina’s central region.

Memories of the “rodents” in the absurd essay produced by SENASA are a source of amusement among seasoned laborers, knowledgeable of the strange manifestations in their area. And within this framework, the term “extraterrestrial” causes an uncomfortable sensation among those who have witnessed the maneuvers of strange lights in the darkness, generally associated to the mysterious and unknown.

Long-time rural residents marvel at the precision of the cuts, and are even more startled that other creatures refuse to approach animals slain in this fashion. It is only now that carrion animals are timidly starting to approach a carcass that has lain exposed for ten to twelve days.

A veteran farmer stated, “The lacerations are not normal. There are no signs that the animal even tried to fend off an assailant. Rather, it appears to have fallen asleep on the ground.

An officer of the Cattle Theft Division of the La Pampa Police has said: “Although no reports are called in when the events occur, police officers act on their own whenever news of these events becomes known,” adding that “our eyes only look for strictly police-related material”, making it understood that the cases are subsequently reviewed by experts that are better versed in the subject at senior levels. “They tend to find details such as the animals’ apparent proximity to high voltage wires, the fact that there are always water deposits nearby, and that some trees show signs of incisions and other marks.”

Within this framework of hundreds of episodes taking place over a vast central region of the country, some agencies endeavored to prove that the events were “natural” and blamed the “red-muzzled mouse”, but were unaware that scientists know the region well by virtue of living in it, and also know all of its nooks and crannies and each species that occupies them. These scientists vehemently dismissed the laboratory-confected assays. Finally, the DEFINITIVE report, which was not circulated at all, was the one furnished to CEUFO by an official with the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of La Pampa. After a year of experiments and comparisons, they ruled that THE INCISIONS WERE MECHANICAL – that is to say, produced by an element having nothing to do with the teeth of rodents or carrion animals.

In one of many forays conducted by CEUFO in the rural areas, we obtained an eyewitness account in March 2007 from a cattleman in the community of Embajador Martini, Province of La Pampa, who added an interesting fact to be kept in mind within comparative parameters. He said: “At 14:00 hours, I witnessed a stampede produced by a circular beam of light, measuring 2 meters in diameter approximately, issued by an object that traveled at a normal altitude and speed, shaped like two soup-bowls joined at their edges.”

The question arose immediately – Was this what caused the animals to stampede? Was it in any way connected with the mutilations?

We can draw our own conclusions with all of this information.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Quique Mario, CEUFO, and Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Chile: A 1908 Chupacabras Case?

Chile: A 1908 Chupacabras Case?

This older information – much like the 1947 cases we have been presenting this month – hails from the archives of the late Luis Altamirano, one of Chile’s most respected UFO/Fortean researchers. Raul Núñez of the IIEE currently has the files under his custody and is sharing some of its most interesting contents with readers around the world. The name of the original author of the article is given as Gonzalo Tapia Diaz.

The legend of the “vampires of Chañaral Alto” emerged that year (1908) in a small community located in the heart of Combarbalá (Chile’s 4th region).

On the night of March 9th, over twenty goats were found slain in bizarre circumstances on the premises of livestock producer Rufino Malebrán. Upon examining their carcasses, he reached the chilling conclusion that the animals had been drained of their blood. And that was just the start. Two days later, a similar attack occurred, but this time at Esteban Contreras’ ranch. Bovines and horses alike were killed in identically strange circumstances.

The chronicles say that an outsider -- Mañungo “el Pirquinero” (the Propector) newly arrived from the mining country of northern Chile – took it upon himself to unravel the mystery, keep a nocturnal watch over the ranches, hoping to come upon the culprit or culprits. Over four months, this unknown quantity had exterminated hundreds of goats, sheep, cows, horses and poultry. It was then that someone claimed to have seen, at a distance, a crag near Chañaral Alto where huge vampire bats slept – a kind of truly giant bat. Armed with this bit of information, Mañungo headed toward the indicated location. It was there – at noon in July 1908 – that he found a cavern, and learned that everything that had been said about this creature was true.

But it remained to be seen if these natural creatures were indeed responsible for the slayings. Therefore, the prospector planned a new course of action, again hoping to catch them at work.

And it was on one of these many evenings when, according to popular belief, the outsider learned the truth. But it is said that all his efforts were in vain, as his body was found the next day – lifeless and bearing two puncture marks, through which what little blood that remained in his body trickled out.

Old-timers conveyed the legend to subsequent generations, who forgot it until stories of the Chupacabras, or the giant vampires, became news again, returning to commit their deeds with the same vigor and intensity that they did in a forgotten area of the 4th region in 1908

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Raúl Núñez, Luis Altamirano and G. Tapia Díaz)

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Farewell to Mario Luis Bracamonte (1945-2009)

We have just received word from our correspondent and cattle mutilation researcher Raul Oscar Chaves that Mario Luis Bracamonte, director of the Circulo Ovnilogico Riocuartense (Rio Cuarto UFO Research Circuit - C.O.R.), has passed away after battling an unspecified pulmonary malady. Our thoughs are with the Bracamonte family and members of the C.O.R.

Mr. Bracamonte founded his UFO research group in November 1978 and was instrumental in reporting on UFO cases from his region of Argentina. His bulletin - SIO - provided interesting and useful information on various aspects of UFO and high strangeness phenomena, particularly during the 2002 cattle mutilation wave in that country.

"The C.O.R.," wrote Bracamonte in his group's website, "understands that the UFO phenomenon must be faced with an open and alert mindset, avoiding all sensationalism and anything that may represent a subject that eschews scientific scrutiny. We are all aware that from 1947 onward, thousands of persons throughout the world have engaged in a conscientious analysis of the UFO enigma, and they have contributed the most significant investigative results. From Rio Cuarto, in the south of the province of Córdoba, a handful of civilian researchers created this organization 21 years ago, and have consolidated their domestic and foreign networks with an enterprising spirit that is worthy of imitation."

Godspeed, Mario.

[Note: Daniel Enrique Lewis informs us that the cause of death was a cerebro-vascular hemorrage resulting from a hypertensice crisis without the possibility of a surgical resolution]

Thursday, July 09, 2009

1947: Another UFO Over Chile

Raul Nunez of the IIEE has kindly shared another 1947 case with us, this item coming from the files of the late Luis Altamirano. Although the document is blurry and there is text missing, we share it with you as it was received:

Source: La Unión (newspaper)
Date: Tuesday, July 22, [1947]

Flying Disc Seen in Puerto Montt by Several People; Also Seen in Valdivia

Undulant motion noted, giving off spectacular flashes – it lost itself behind the Calbuco Volcano to the astonishment of local residents

We have received word from Puerto Montt, dated the 19th, that don Carlos Miranda and several workers of the Bacteriológico (hospital), witnessed the transit of a mysterious object. According information obtained from the city of Valdivia, the object was also seen around 17:00 hours.

In the information provided by Sr. Miranda, he says that the object floated in space, made undulant movements and descended very rapidly, appearing to give of flashes. Its shape was that of a true disk.

In order to verify his observation. Sr. Miranda immediately summoned workers Hubelin Soto, Mario Aguero, Aladino Nuñez and Rafael Ojeda, asking them to look toward the indicated location, asking them to [missing text]

...asking them to test, that he was seeing once more a strange body that gave of flashes with each undulating motion. This mysterious disk vanished upon reaching the [remainder of text illegible].

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to the departed Luis Altamirano and to IIEE Chile]

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

John A. Keel (1930 - 2009)

Ever since I read about John Keel’s passing on Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo site I’ve been meaning to write something, but the keyboard seemed unresponsive. The sensation was akin to trying to grab hold of a mountain and raise it aloft – utterly impossible.

For how does one begin to write about the man who can safely be described as being second in importance only to Charles Fort, and the one of the few writers of UFO subjects who “got it right”? Unlike Coleman and others who have written brilliant and moving eulogies to the departed master, I never met Keel. I exchanged a few late night phone calls with him, may have received a reply to a letter, and shared friends in common. However, I read his paperbacks in the 1970s so earnestly as to believe that the words were written for me alone – a conceit common to many fans. Visiting the newsstand after school meant seeing if SAGA UFO Report had arrived, and then checking to see if there was an article by Keel in it (or Brad Steiger, naturally).

While other writers and radio personalities focused on corporeal aliens and possible ports-of-call for our “extraterrestrial visitors”, Keel raised the stakes by positing a belief that was closer to Spiritism: intelligent, not necessarily benevolent forces that had been with humanity forever, and would more than likely outlive our species. Over time, the same magazines that carried Keel’s articles would feature works by Gordon Creighton, the editor of Flying Saucer Review, who shared the same views. Radio and television programs would introduce me to the former Jesuit priest, Salvador Freixedo, who would always hail Keel as a pioneer in this new perception of the field.

As fate would have it, and nearly twenty years later, Keel offered to write the foreword to my translation of Salvador Freixedo’s “Visionaries, Mystics and Contactees” (Illuminet Press, 1992), for which I am ever so grateful to this very day.

John Keel blazed a trail through the dark woods of the paranormal. It is our duty to keep it clear for generations yet to come.

Descanse en paz, maestro.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Argentina: On-Site Report on Cattle Mutilations

Argentina: Five Cows Mutilated in Crucesita Tercera, Nogoyá
** An on-site report by VISION OVNI ***
A report by Silvia Pérez Simondini, Andrea Pérez Simondini and Nestor Gaioli

Crucesita Tercera in the department of Nogoyá is located some 50 kilometers from the provincial capital. Its habitual peace and quiet were disrupted by reports from a livestock owner involving the apparition of mutilated animals on his property and neighboring ones as well.
Another situation that added further mystery to the event was the total emptying of a nearby lagoon.
News of these events reached Diario UNO in the city of Paraná, which attracted the locals’ curiosity.

VISION OVNI traveled immediately to the area, contacting Juan Carlos Vergara, head of the cattle theft office. He very kindly gave us not only details of the case, but also put us in touch with veterinarian Pablo Seeling, who has great experience in these cases.
We know that only [mutilation cases] reported as of 2002 have been catalogued in our country, and the reported number is trebled by the reports that were not made known to the authorities. We quickly agreed with Dr. Seeling in this matter, confirming that he personally believes to have dealt with 50 such cases in Nogoyá, and that they were really in excess of 200.

The Cases

Police officers located the cows, which featured the same affected organs characteristic in these cases: absence of reproductive organs, ocular organs and tongue. The verdict rendered by veterinarians in these cases has always been the same – no explanation.

The anmals’ owner, retired bank officer Gustavo Cabañas, says that the field was under his care and that he had left behind a herd of cows and calves. A few days earlier, he had toured the entire field, finding that everything was in order and corect (we should remark that Cabañas visits the field every day from very early in the morning until mid-afternoon), incuding the water level of a lagoon, which contained a considerable amount of water, despite the predominant drought. When he found this body of water to be dry only hours later, the cattleman was shocked. This new state of affairs prompted him to relocate the livestock to another field, and it was in this process that he found the dead animals. He promptly contacted the cattle theft authorities and the sheriff of Crucesita Tercera. The sheriff was stunned to find that a new mutilation case had occured only a few meters away from his office. Vision Ovni carried out the initial research work in this case.

Mr. Firpo, the property’s owner, allowed us to enter the premises to see the animal for the first time. It was in the woods, and displayed partial injuries, such as the removal of the left eye, incisions to the anus and vulva, partial incisions to the tongue. We found curious that the charateristic incision of the jaw, with exposed bone, was not present.

Fly larvae were begining to develop in its mouth and flies were found on the wounds. No samples were taken, as the animal had been dead for more than 72 hours. A distended abdomen was also observed. Also curious was the absence of rigor mortis, with natural flexibility of the extremities.

As for the vegetation: a survey of the area did not turn up footsteps or broken branches in the vicinity nor up above. There was no evidence of carrion animal activity. The dead animal showed signs of a struggle, as evidence of kicking and an attempt to cause injury with its horns were detected. An issue of blood from its nose was also evident, suggesting that the animal died during the process of receiving the wounds. No signs of electric conductivity in the ground were noticed, a variable that has been present in toher cases.

The cattleman’s dog, who was coming into contact with the mutilated animal for the first time, refused to come any closer. The carcass was found in a north-to-south position.

This case in Crucesita Tercera makes clear that the phenomenon has not ceased occurring in Argenina, and that it is a source of great concern to livestock farmers and the authorities, as there is an abundance of hypotheses and a dearth of answers. It is perhaps time for the authorities to make experts and resources available to researchers in order to make headway in this subject. The experts exist, so do the resources. All that is needed is the will to implement them. Admitting that the subject is unknown is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is a way of reaching the truth.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Silvia Pérez Simondini and VISION OVNI)

Argentina: Fundacion Argentina de Ovnilogia Schedules Meeting for Mendoza

Source: Diario UNO
Date: July 6, 2009

Argentina: Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogia (FAO) Schedules Meeting in Mendoza

This province was chosen by the number of sightings reported in 2008. Most of the reports issued from the Mendoza, Malargue, San Rafael and Tupungato.

Throughout 2008 and up to mid-March ’09, Fundacion Argentina de Ovnilogia (FAO) was made aware of, or received and analyzed, 13 UFO reports from various parts of Mendoza.

Between mid-January and late December 2008, FAO recorded 11 events of that nature plus two more in the first quarter of 2009.

Faced with this “preponderance” of reports, as described by Luis Burgos, leader of the organization, it was decided that the Primeras Jornadas Mendocinas de Ovnilogía (First Mendozan UFO Conference) should be held in Mendoza in October or November with a series of activities linked to the subject, to include a skywatch aimed at detecting any mysterious objects, in hopes of stimulating locals to report any sightings.

Several of the cases from Mendoza, aside from eyewitness accounts, were accompanied by photos of the experiences themselves, taken with either digital or cellphone cameras. Some of these images can be seen at and

Regardless, Burgos has told UNO from La Plata that “some of these images were classified as questionable by Jorge Figueiras, our analyst.” This is due to the fact that they could have been mistaken observations caused by sunlight.

The city of Mendoza, Malargue, San Rafael and Tupungato are the places that gave rise to the greatest number of reports, averaging two and three each. But reports also came from Maipu, Potrerillos and Palmira. These cases increased to 685, as recorded by FAO over a 15-month period in the country – a level of activity that can be classified as a “wave” -- and some of these experiences involved “phantom UFOs” plus a disquieting bedroom visitation reported by one woman.

Local eyewitness accounts form part of two reports: La Oleada Ovni 2008 and Los Tiempos Han Venido: Sigue La Oleada Ovni 2009, drafted by Burgos, who stresses that the events ended with the summer [Editors’s Note: meaning the end of our winter in the northern hemisphere].

The majority of the reported sightings – some identified as “questionable” by FAO – occurred in the afternoon and in regions adjacent to the Cordilleran foothills.

The objects allegedly photographed, according to accounts, are disk-shaped, spindle-shaped, classic saucers and lights (at night).

One of the constants is that they flew from east to west. To Burgos, this is among many mysteries, but he does not dismiss the possibility of “an air corridor, something like a virtual road” that is set in motion cyclically. “There were waves in 1968 and 1978,” he notes.

Among the many sightings mentioned by Burgos there is one dated April 3, 2008 in Malargue. It involves the photo taken at 18:50 by Felix Fernandez of the Dirección Provincial de Vialidad with his cellphopne. It was taken as the witness and his friends returned from La Punta, says the ufologist.

Suddenly, a strange object began flying over the region for 15 minutes up to the Chacay region. It stood still for a moment and then vanished westward. Fernandez managed to take some photos, which he submitted to FAO. After analysis, the case was described as questionable, says Burgos.

Another published report dates from December 22. “Norberto Luna (a FAO correspondent) tells us of a sighting witnessed by Jose Schiaffino at 20:00 hrs. He saw a strange silvery object heading westward toward the Cordillera, gaining speed as it did so.”

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales. Special thanks to Grupo GABIE)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Video: Tubular Objects Over Mexico City

Mexico: Tubular Objects over Tlatelolco

Source: Ana Luisa Cid
Date: July 6, 2009

Mexico: Tubular Objects over Tlatelolco

[The following is an interview conducted by Ana Luisa Cid as a result of the sighting of 7 tubular objects over Mexico City]

A Video by Nadia Alarcón

Mr. Ramón Alarcón Quintero reported the sighting of 7 tubular objects over Mexico City. He saw them while driving back from a shopping center in Tlatelolco. He then phoned his daughter Nadia, 16, and asked her to record the event. This occurred on June 14, 2009

How did you come to notice the objects?

That morning I was on my way back from Mega Comercial Mexicana in Tlatelolco and in the vicinity of the Convention Center, I looked up and noticed two orange, elongated objects. One was twisting spectacularly (like an earthworm). I got off the sidewalk to have a better visual angle and managed to see five more objects, but whitish in color. Then I phoned my daughter to ask her to record them. The time was 8:30 a.m.

What direction were they flying in?

North by northwest

What district do you live in?

San Simón Tolnáhuac

What do you do for a living?

I’m an accountant

Were there any celebrations on that date?

None. Besides, it was very early – 8:30 a.m. (daylight savings time)

Could the objects have been garlands of balloons?

I don’t think so. They were too big, measuring about 100 meters long. Furthermore, as I indicated earlier, they contorted in a spectacular manner. I saw them shrink and form triangles with straight angles. I don’t think balloons are able to do that.

What impressed you the most about them?

The fact that they traveled in a group, and the maneuvers they made.

What do you think they could be?

Biological entities that live in the stratosphere and are affected by exceptionally powerful solar activity, causing them to descend and seek protection.

What did your daughter remark?

That they looked like worms courting.

Would you like to add something?

Yes. I had seen this phenomenon earlier, in 2005. At that time there were only two, heading from Azcapotzalco to Tlatelolco, also in the morning at 9:00 a.m.

(Translation (c) 2009 S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid and Guillermo Gimenez)

Argentina: Unknown Object Flyby

Source: CEUFO
Date: 07.05.09

UFO or Airplane? Another Strange Object Flies Over Community

[Contributing editor Guillermo Gimenez sends us an e-mail received by Quique Mario of the CEUFO organization regarding a low-altitude sighting of an unknown object]

"The purpose of my e-mail is to tell you that today (Thursday, July 2, 2009) while parked on a street in my town, and the time being exactly 18:47 hours, I was able to see a light that moved like an airplane, but at a very low altitude and following a route that is not customary for aircraft passing over our community.

"The light was similar to the morning star when it shines with great intensity - a strong bluish white color. It traveled without making any noise or buzzing that would identify it as an airplane. Nor did it change sizes or flash. It moved at low speed from SW to NE, taking some 5 minutes to cross the area (I timed it) and it vanished into the horizon without changing color or shape. Logically, it grew smaller as it faded into the distance.

"Unfortunately, i didn't have my camera on me, as I had gone out to carry out a transaction at a doctors' office. Well. I simply wanted to tell you what happened, since it appears from what has been published in the blogs, that something similar has occurred in Santa Rosa in recent years. Best regards to you."

Comment by Quique Mario: This is the importance of being able to maximize the use of the communication elements at our disposal. No sooner was the news published in the CEUFO blog that an observer in a neighboring community informed us of an event he had experienced this evening. This makes it possible to reconstruct such episodes immediately. We are grateful for this cooperation, since we can at least understand that the phenomenon "is there", to judge from so many witnesses.

The other point to be highlighted is that in the heartland, people are perfectly able to distinguish between a conventional phenomenon and an anomalous one. (Note: I wish to stress that the identity of the witnesses is kept confidential in order to safeguard them from the yellow press)

(Translation (c) 2009 S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Argentina: Nogoyá, 2002

From the July 3, 2009 posting, it seems that cattle mutilation activity has returned to Nogoyá in Argentina’s province of La Pampa.

On June 26, 2002, two cases were reported in this very same area and made known in the city of Paraná’s “El Diario” newspaper. The authorities were no more certain then about what was going on:

“Two new cases of bovine mutilation became known at this time in the Department of Nogoyá. One of the animals was found in Laurencena, and another in the Urquiza Sector.

“Pablo Seeling, a veterinarian for the Police Department’s Cattle Theft Unit, indicated his astonishment at the find. He recalled that the Laurencena case involved “a bull missing its testicles, and its tongue had been removed in a very special way. These are very special characteristics, given the fact that it is necessary to have a specific scalpel or something similar to make a cut as clean as the one that appeared on that animal. I do not wish to believe in extraterrestrials or anything, but I wonder how such a perfect incision could be made. I made an cut of my own with my scalpel right next to the existing one, and it was completely different.”

“Regardless, the expert believed that tne animal must have been dead for at least five days, yet its flesh “looked like what one sees in a butcher shop. This certainly caught our attention.”

Chupacabras: A Blast from the Past

Technology is a remarkable thing. In 1995, while working on the draft of what would be The Chupacabras Diaries, my first monograph on Puerto Rico’s paranormal predator, Sergio Couttolenc, a friend and correspondent in the Mexican city of Coatzacoalcos, sent me a file via e-mail that I was unable to open. Something requiring some obscure piece of software called “Acrobat” that my trusty 386sx did not appear to have, and which dial-up at 9600 baud could not download. So the file was saved to a 3.5-inch disk (remember them?) and placed into a drawer where it rests with hundreds of other 3.5-inch disks laden with UFO and paranormal information from the ‘90s.

A decade or so later, while burning all the information contained in the little black squares to their descendants – shiny new DVD discs – I found the Adobe Acrobat file that Sergio had sent me, and whose information should have formed part of my project or even Chupacabras and Other Mysteries (Greenleaf Press, 1997). Since information is never truly “old” in the field of UFO and paranormal research, INEXPLICATA is pleased to share it with you now. One note: this information predates the start of the Chupacabras wave of 1995 by two years...the pebbles that started the avalanche, perhaps?

By J. Felipe Coria
(from Mexico’s “El Financiero” newspaper, no date, 1995)

UTUADO, Province of Arecibo, Puerto Rico – June 24, 1993, 03:30 hrs. There is noise in the pens. The sheep are calling out in terror: they are being attacked. Farmer Pedro Cabiya wakes up and is startled. His loyal dog “Emilio” sniffs the air and whines. The dog never barks – rather, it appears to want to bury itself alive rather than go outside. It moves in circles in front of the door, silently, looking straight toward the source of the noise, the sound of murder. It would never dare look outside. The dog is frightened – fear in its pure, raw state. Cabiya looks through the window. The night seems almost solid and deep; a physical, intense darkness. Aside from the sheep, there is no other source of sound. Suddenly they are quiet. He feels a chill. Time goes by – one, ten, thirty minutes. The night suddenly recovers its rhythm. “Emilio” begins barking furiously and bolts out the door toward the sheep pens; Cabiya reaches for his shotgun and a .38 Smith & Wesson, holding a weapon in each hand. He is being propelled by a fear that has crystallized itself into an intense sweat that streams from his brow, and down his back and chest. His t-shirt is soaked through. “Emilio” barks hysterically, leaping about, circling the pens. Cabiya takes a look. The attack is now over: his thirty rams are dead, but not dismembered.

He looks at them closely with a flashlight. No sign of scratching or bruising is evident. Nor does he see a single drop of blood. He does, however, see two perfect incisions at the level the base of the skull, barely separated by an estimated half a centimeter. At dawn, Cabiya checks his pens again, and not a single drop of blood is to be found. The animal carcasses are free from injury, except for the incisions. He immediately visits Doctor Berg, a veterinary specialist from Utuado, who inspects one of the slain animals. “It was exsanguinated,” he says. But before rushing to say that it was a bloodsucking vampire bat, such as the Vampyrum spectrum, an enormous Central American chiropteran (which would be odd in itself: why did it migrate? would it take one or several to finish off an entire flock?), he checks the incisions millimetrically. They are perfect: twelve centimeters and a half deep by three millimeters in diameter. Straight. Symmetrical. Too large to be made by a bat – the bite doesn’t match.

The injuries have indeed been made by fangs, but very large and close. A bat would have left scratches and traces of its presence in the bite. Yet it would seem that the intruder, an animal lacking claws and barely the requisite amount of strength, had gently but firmly latched on the sheeps’ heads, inserted its fangs, drawn blood and left the exsanguinated carcasses behind.

According to Cabiya’s own testimony, there was no sign of a fight. The other sheep were apparently frozen in place by sheer terror and awaited their inevitable death. What Doctor Berg finds startling is that the animals were attacked in the base of the skull, without exception. A bat never does this with such precision.

Since Berg refrains from offering a conclusive answer regarding the assailant, Cabiya heads for Arecibo, the city, to see his friend Frank Cassidy, of mixed Irish and Puerto Rican heritage, a veterinarian graduated from Florida State University. Cassidy listens to him, but also abstains from providing an answer. He promises to look into the incident, but files it away. It isn’t until four months later, when Cabiya visits him again, this time in the company of his neighbor Fernando de la Peña, owner of a farm two kilometers distant from Cabiya’s. An identical killing terrifies both men: 35 goats, 26 sheep and 13 hens. In this case, Peña fired indiscriminately into the darkness toward his animal pens for over ten minutes, only stopping when he ran out of bullets. But nothing. There was no trace of the assailant.

Cassidy, still unable to offer an answer given the peculiar nature of the attack and the bite involved, believes the culprit to be an unknown animal. He jokes: “I’ll send out your goatsucker file to see what we can find out.” – He calls it a goatsucker – Chupacabras – because goats represent the largest share of the casualties. He compiles a package with Berg’s information, his own necropsies, the official report from the Health department and the farmer’s eyewitness account. He sends it to his alma mater in Florida via UPS. The fact of the matter is that he still doesn’t know what he’s facing.

A web search of veterinarians currently practicing in Puerto Rico does not display either a “Dr. Berg” or “Dr. Cassidy”, but these may be pseudonyms employed by the journalist from El Financiero who wrote the article. The intriguing and contradictory claim here is that Dr. Cassidy bestowed the name “chupacabras” – in jest – on the paranormal predator, when in fact it was comedian Silverio Pérez of the Rayos Gamma comedy team who did so; Pérez, in fact, had come up with other funny names to describe strange creatures, such as “el cangodrilo”, to refer to the small, hirsute entity reported in central Puerto Rico during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Chile: The Valle de Elqui Photo Analyzed

Source: El Dia de La Serena (Chile)
Date: July 2, 2009

Chile: The Valle Del Elqui Photograph Analyzed

Ufologist Patricio Diaz analyzed the photo after people described it as a lens flare or film defect.

The photograph was taken by a reader in Valle del Elqui and allegedly showed a UFO that is still a source of argument. Ufologist Patricio Diaz analyzed the photo, in view of comments suggesting that it was a lens flare or a defect in the film. "Over the course of last week," he noted, "readers of El Dia were able to witness the presenation of a curious photo taken in Valle de Elqui using a 35mm film camera. Since the prudent thing to do was learn more about the affair, I headed to Monte Grande, got in touch with the owner of the photo, and inspected the negative."

He was able to ascertain on site, he explains, that the photo was taken outside the house, specifically in its back yard, and therefore there was no window whatsoever that could account for a reflection on glass.

"I personally took the negative to a photo lab where I was told that the negative was in perfect shape and that what appeared in the photo was indeed there," says Diaz, remarking that the camera employed was a simple point-and-shoot device.

"After the on-site investigation and personally seeing the place, I can indicate with the information currently in my possession that the photo is hardly a reflection, since there is no glass outside the house or facing it.

As a general remark he adds that the controversial photo was taken with ISO 100 35 milimeter film.

(Translation (c) 2009, S.Corrales IHU. Special thanks IIEE - CHILE)

Argentina: "No Rational Explanation" for Cattle Mutes

Date: July 1, 2009

Argentina: “No Rational Explanation” Found for Cattle Mutes

The police found four cows whose eyes, uteruses and tongues had been removed. The animals were found dead in the rural area of Nogoyá. The absence of water in a nearby lagoon also drew their attention.

Residents of the rural area known as Crucesita Tercera, in the Department of Nogoyá, are shaken by the strange death of four cows in the interior of two fields and the unforeseen draining of a lagoon. Personnel of the Office of Cattle Theft and the Nogoyá Police ascertained that the cows had succumbed to a mysterious mutilation, but also noted that a nearby lagoon, which a day earlier had been full of water, was now empty.

Once more, fantasy, myth and mystery began to weave themselves over the deaths of these animals. Apparitions of the so-called “Chupacabras” and even a UFO sighting are now part of the comments being made in the heart of the province.

The cows found by police officers were missing their reproductive organs, tongues and eyes. For this reason, the veterinarian attached to the Office of Cattle Theft, a part of the Nogoyá Police force, stated that there is no rational explanation for the animals’ deaths and much less for their strange mutilations.

The dead bovines, according to police, were the property of Gustavo Cabañas, an employee of the Banco de Entre Rios, Nogoyá branch. The man owned the field and the herd of cows and calves within it.

A few days later, Cabañas had surveyed the farm and found that everything was in good order. Even the volume of water of nearby lagoon presented a generous quantity of the vital fluid, considering the drought. But for reasons that remain unclear, the lagoon dried up in a few hours, forcing the field’s owner to transfer the animals. He found the dead animals as he performed the transfer.

Nogoyá’s cattle rustling authorities and agents of the Sheriff’s office confirmed their investigation and the mysteries that surround it. The events cannot be explained scientifically.

Crucesita Tercera is some 50 kilometers from the departmental capital. Due to this event, the Cattle Theft officers spoke to local residents, who gave scant details on elements that could help explain the deaths of these animals.

The subject expanded yesterday when it was learned that Police found another mutilated bovine in an adjacent field. The carcass displayed the same characteristics: it was missing both eyes, its tongue and uterus. The cow belonged to a woman surnamed Sanchez and the incident was discovered only a short distance from the Sheriff’s office.

The Cattle Theft office noted that they had reported the mutilations on the three cows found over the weekend, but that the bones near the mutilated parts were clean, as if death had occurred some time ago, and not a matter of days, either. Furthermore, surgical incisions were confirmed, some of them without scarring or blood on the grass of the animals’ hides.

Three years earlier, a pair of bovines was found lifeless and mutilated only a short distance from this last discovery.

Veterinarian Esteban Puntín, who investigated the events a while ago explained, “while he is aware of these last cases from remarks, he believes that [all of this] is the result of natural action.”

Puntín noted:“due to uncontrolled deforestation, predators began looking for food in smaller and cleaner fields. With the onset of cold weather and the drought, there is very little grass. Therefore, animals are hungry. Bovines look for grass, and they may end up eating “yuyos” (brambles) which are poisonous, such as the Mio Mio. When the animal dies, foxes, weasels, vultures and even mice report to the site, eating the softer parts of the carcass, which are generally the anus or vulva, the udders and the tongue. Carrion animals also eat the eyes. These animals are great feeders, and only stop at bones and harder tissue.”

He added, “If there is no blood to be found, it is due to the cold weather, which dries up all manner of fluids.”

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo GABIE: