Monday, July 28, 2014

Humanoid Encounters: The LIttle Green Men of La Plata - The Villa Montoro Case

Humanoid Encounters: The Little Green Men of La Plata – The Villa Montoro Case
By Carlos Sainz, Alternativa OVNI (No. 5, July 2014)

Toward late November and during the month of December of 1983, the neighborhood of Villa Montoro on the outskirts of La Plata (capital of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) became the epicenter for a series of reports by local residents – mainly children and teenagers – who claimed having witnessed encounters with small, greenish, humanoid entities. The case became known as “the little green men of La Plata” and it caused significant local interest in the early days of the restoration of democratic rule in the country.

The Facts

An abandoned house, located on a property on Calle 600 between 2nd and 3rd in the Villa Montoro neighborhood was the main scene of the alleged apparitions of these diminutive beings, which according to eyewitness reports, were green-skinned and stood no taller than 0.60 centimeters. Sightings of these small entities was not restricted to the house in question, and sightings and reports extended to several blocks around, giving rise to a veritable tidal wave of journalists, researchers, experts in supernatural phenomena and curiosity-seekers flooding the area constantly.

First Sightings

Diego Illi, 7 at the time, living at Calle 600 between 1st and 2nd, was perhaps the first to have a close encounter with the little men. This took place on Sunday, November 27 between 14:30 and 19:30 hours. “We went to play with Walter (a friend) in the abandoned house. We were climbing a tree when we saw them. Walter got scared and ran away. I stayed behind and played with them a lot. We climbed the tree limbs, and I also got to wrestle with one of them. Then they told me it was late and that I had to leave.” (1)

Regarding the description of these beings, Diego noted: “They’re tiny – they come up to here,” pointing to his knee. “They’re green and have wrinkled faces, like old men. They had long nails, were dressed in green, had little boots and green caps.” Diego says he saw the little men eating quince and honey.

“I went back to the house but never found them again. I hope they come back. I’d like to see them again.”

Claudia Ortiz de Viguera, 21, lives across from the lot where the apparitions allegedly occurred. She remembers going out to smoke a cigarette on the evening of Sunday the 27th. “First I heard laughter, like that of children, coming from the playground, but while it’s true that they play there regularly, I found it odd that they should be playing at that time of night. That’s when the little man turned up. The night was rather bright and that’s how I managed to see him, but it happened very quickly…”

Another eyewitness account is that of Julio Cesar Masei, a 14-year-old who on Monday the 28th, the next day, claims having had the following experience.

“It was around 16:30 hours and I was crossing the field to reach Calle 90, since I was off to see a friend who lives between 4th and 5th. In the middle of the field there’s a small stream and a sort of embankment. As I walked by, I heard laughter and noise, and decided to get closer. The embankment is covered by a cina-cina bush, and when I lifted it I saw around 4 or 5 of those little men. When they saw me, they stood up and chased me. I took off at high speed, and tried to leap across the stream but couldn’t do it. In any event, I managed to cross it all covered in mud. The little men remained on the other side. We stared at each other for a while, some 5 minutes. They screeched and growled like cats, threatening me with cina-cina branches. One of them, the loudest, appeared to be rabid.”

Julio’s description of the beings is as follows. “They were midgets standing some meter and a half tall. They were dressed in little green coveralls, but their skin was the same as ours, the same color. They had no ears and were very old, some 70 years old.”

The youth adds: “I threw a brick at one and hit him in the leg. He screamed and hopped around as his fellows looked at him.” Julio ran to join his friends, who mocked him. He then fearfully made the return journey home.

Hours later, at dusk, the young man decided to go back. “I went out looking for them again, with a flashlight. I found them once more in an empty field under a tree. I crept up and had one of them close at hand. I reached out my hand and touched him without feeling anything odd.”

More Eyewitness Reports

Guillermo Insaurralde, 11, decided to go to the site accompanied by several friends after hearing what locals were talking about. “All of us were circling the house when one of them [the little men] ran out from behind a wall. He was green, looked scaly and I even think he had a single eye. It was dark and I shouted for my friends to bring the flashlight over. The thing ran toward the bushes in a zig-zag pattern and vanished. It walked on two legs, was like a midget, and made strange noises like a tired dog.”

Later on, the boy would expand on the details (at the request of journalists) on the creature’s characteristics: “It would have been some 50 centimeters tall with a scaly body, like a fish, seemed frightened and squealed…it looked like the light from the flashlights caused it harm. We almost caught it, but it moved too quickly and got away from us after chasing it nearly two blocks from where we found it…I saw it had a single eye in its forehead. It was black. I didn’t notice any hair on it, had a large head, like a half-flattened egg or pumpkin…”

Beatriz Piñeyro was around 8 at the time. She lived with her parents in the rear of the abandoned house. She told her father that on Monday, she saw the little men on the treetops. The father did not pay attention to his daughter’s statements at the time, and upon approaching the trees, he saw nothing out of the ordinary.

On the Progression of the Events

During the course of the events in Villa Montoro, a number of researchers of unusual phenomena appeared (2), aside from the journalists and chroniclers of the communication media. [These were] extraterrestrial contactees, channelers, people who received messages from the Blessed Virgin and those who claimed to be in telepathic contact with imps and gnomes. Among them was parapsychologist Oscar Avendaño, who claimed having received telepathic messages from these small beings, giving him a message to be conveyed to then-president Raul Alfonsín (3). The parapsychologist claimed to have made contact with a little man named “Clatú” (4), commander of the Astro-Galactica spacecraft: “Alfonsín must not allow work to continue on nuclear energy and thoughts of making a nuclear weapon must be dismissed.” This, allegedly, was part of the message received by Avendaño.

Commissioner Amador Alfredo Villar of the Eight Commisariat of the city acknowledges that many people reported to his precinct to report what they had seen, but made it clear that the corresponding reports were never taken down. In his own words: “We visited the place several times. I’ve been there myself and haven’t found anything yet…we’ll keep investigating and patrolling should anything turn up.”

When consulted about his opinion regarding the witness claims, he said: “I don’t know what they’ve seen. I don’t know. Maybe it’s true. It’s hard to believe, of course, but who knows. People were very restless last night, we went and found a large group of people combing the pastures with flashlights or standing there discussing the subject.”
Some local residents manifested their dismay about the situation, especially the lack of safety at the end of the day. They said that gunshots could be heard in the dark, stones were thrown at the homes nearest the abandoned house. They demanded a greater police presence due to the number of people prowling the area (5).

“My neighbor, Lucia Segovia, has even had stones thrown at her house because she’s been told the midgets hide there, and that we’re concealing them,” said local resident Osvaldo Piñeyro.

Subsequent Manifestations

Next, we shall mention only a few incidents subsequent to the matters discussed in this report, which in some way reflect certain similarities both in the description of the beings observed as well as their erratic and unusual behavior.

In December 1983, in the city of Gobernador Ingeniero Valentin Virasoro in the Department of Santo Tomé, Province of Corrientes, several children reportedly saw green, one-eyed creatures in the vicinity of an abandoned house, describing them as “some 60 centimeters tall, wrinkled skin and with piercing gazes.” (6)

During the month of April 1984, several residents of Coghlan, a neighborhood to the north of Buenos Aires, claimed having had face-to-face encounters with the little men, and not only green ones. According to these reports, the creatures sighted were sometimes orange in color, and described as “cute and kindly.” (7)

In August 1988, at School No. 35 (Perito Moreno) in the city of Mar del Plata, several students of that institution claimed having seen small green men. According to their stories, midgets standing some 60 to 80 centimeters tall were seen over three or four consecutive days in the yard, on the rooftops, in the bathrooms or on the water tanks. Despite the students’ claims, school authorities paid no mind to the situation, dismissing it as childish fantasy.

That very same year in Pergamino, on October 28 and around 0:30 hours, a group of four friends witnessed the presence of several little men, describing them as follows: “They were 5 or 6 little men, some 70 centimeters tall, naked, with a single eye, hairless, moving their arms and with three fingers on their hands. They had no wrists and we could not see their feet.”

Additional Thoughts

The case of the little green men left its mark on society, serving as a trigger for subsequent reports of manifestations in various locations, as we have seen. The term even gained popularity due to the famous rock group [Los enanitos verdes] that formed in the city of Mendoza in 1979. But contrary what can be thought a priori, the group took its name from another case that occurred in Mendoza in 1979. This is how Felipe Staiti, guitarist for Los Enanitos Verdes, tells the story: “The year was 1979 and a family of tourists took a photo while visiting Puente del Inca in Mendoza. Upon developing the photo, the family noticed some little green men beside them. No one saw them when the shot was taken, but there they were after the film was developed. This event achieved notoriety and appeared in the local press, and some even say the photo was even sent to NASA to ascertain its authenticity. Whether it was a legend or fact, a journalist friend of ours christened our new group Los Enanitos Verdes of Puente del Inca, and that’s how it appeared in the first chronicle. Band members opted for the first half of the name: “Los Enanitos Verdes”, but they could just as easily have called themselves Puente del Inca.”

The media reached the scene and from there, day after day, confected reports for television news programs that kept viewers in suspense, anxious for more adventures about the reporter of the moment (8). Another aspect to be highlighted were the recent and major movie releases concerning alien beings (some of them truly successful at the national and global level) whose main characters had the characteristic of displaying the typical aspect of the small humanoid.” (9)

There are those who consider – in view of the situation described above – and the media efforts at disseminating these events in an overblown manner and with dubious intent, played a major role in firing the imagination, reflected in the eyewitness accounts, leading people to concoct suggestive stories and narratives. However, stories and narratives of “encounters with strange beings” are not exclusive to our present society or culture. A glimpse at old legends and myths from a variety of cultures should suffice to find several suggestive similarities with such fantastic apparitions.

Thus, in the same way it all started, disturbing the peace of the neighborhood, mobilizing residents and curiosity-seekers alike, creating unusual situations that were not exempt from moments of violence and lack of control, there was no further talk of the diminutive intruders one fine day, leaving behind one of the most bizarre and curious stories regarding the alleged presence of non-human beings in our midst.

(1) Mirta, the boy’s mother, says the following about him: “He is very serious for his age and doesn’t lie”, when questioned by reporters for “Shock” magazine.
(2) Marta B. Peyrou de Patinni (psychologist, parapsychologist and archaeologist) appeared on the scene, claiming to belong to the International Cosmobiological Institute for Extraterrestrial Experience, alleging having captures strange sounds and images of large-headed figures through the use of infrared photography.
(3) The message conveyed by the leader of the little men begins by saying: I am Clatú, and belong to the Astra-Galactica Commandery, we have made you come here to give you a message for all mankind. In another instance we did the same on 26 November at 05:00 post meridiem. Many will remember the time and place on the planet where our message was heard.”
(4) Note the similarity between the name “Clatú” with Klaatu, the alien protagonist of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (1951)
(5) Annoyed residents state: “What happens here at night is not to be believed. Older boys throw stones and even fire shots […]
(6) A member of the group, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the “little green man appeared to want to tell us something, but when we approached, he ran in fear into the fields.” Revista Alternativa Ovni No. 3, November 2013, p.11.
(7) One of the female interviewees said the following in “Libre” magazine in 1984: “I approached the little men because they inspired trust. They’re very calm despite their rapid movements. They were gathered by the fallen tree. We spent a long time together. It turns out there are little men and little women, and we were all together making love.”
(8) Tiempo magazine for 03.18.2007 made a brief summary of what went on there: “José de Zer prepared a new report for Nuevediario every day; blurry photos of the beings that must unquestionably be extraterrestrials were published in the press. A policeman patrolling the area asked for medical leave on account of having been bitten by one of these creatures. A boy saw one at the school at 72nd and 19th, and classes were called off. Even one of the school secretaries was attacked by the little man, also causing her to request leave. The news went beyond the borders. Researchers from the Swedish UFO Institute arrived to study the phenomenon, but the little men never turned up and the Swedes had all of their equipment stolen (could it have been a little man?). Others took the opportunity to make a little money, like Loco Córdoba, who sold little dolls of “Luciano el Marciano” (Lucian the Martian). Founders of the LUS cult were not to be left behind and called a press conference to say that they had sustained direct communications with “the captain of the spacecraft” and that they were “time travelers.” The cult’s leader, one Andrade, had no luck with his pronouncements. He was prosecuted by the law for defamation of character. People began to lose faith in the little green men. As the phenomenon ran out of steam over time, Jose de Zer went to find UFOs at Mount Uritorco. Loco Córdoba didn’t sell another doll, and no one went camping or spoke again of Martians or midgets in Villa Montoro.”
(9) On 23 December 1982, Spielberg’s E.T. opened at theaters. In this movie, a small space visitor strikes up a friendship with a group of children. On 14 July 1983, the movie “El Extraterrestre", a parody of the Spielberg film, starring Alberto Olmedo and Jorge Porcel, opened nationwide in theaters. On 8 December 1983, The Return of the Jedi by George Lucas, third installment of the Star Wars movies, opened in theaters. In this movie, Master Yoda appears prominently. He is a diminutive being with aged features, pointed ears and green skin.

[Translation (c) 2014 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strange New Humanoid Presence on the Beaches of Necochea, Argentina

Strange New Humanoid Presence on the Beaches of Necochea, Argentina
By Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO – INEXPLICATA contributing editor

Once more we find ourselves with direct information regarding strange presences during the month of May 2014 on the shores of Necochea, Argentina.
It is here that we have found four (4) witnesses who speak of seeing strange lights at night on the Necochea’s very shoreline, its beach, as well as sightings of a strange humanoid-type creature. These events occurred on Sunday, 18 May and Tuesday, 20 May at night.

In both cases, the sightings took place from an apartment on the coast of the swimming resort itself. It should be noted that at the time, these were very cold evenings and with rain/showers during the first incident. The beaches of Necochea are illuminated by very large floodlights, allowing witnesses in these cases to see the strange presences.
The names of the protagonists have been changed at their own request, but all information is in my possession.
Let us hear now from the protagonists of these events.

Strange Lights over the Beach

The evening of Sunday, 18 May 2014 was a very cold one, with steady rain and rain showers. There was no one on the shoreline, and some wind was prevalent over the area. Two technicians for a major corporation – whom we shall call Ramiro Z. and Christian B., were looking through the window of an apartment located facing the sea, on the 11th floor of an important new building in the village.

Ramiro Z. and Cristian B. are professionals in different technical areas. They perform their duties for a well-known company in Necochea and are 48 and 50 years old, respectively. They told us:

“We were looking through the window of the apartment located facing the sea and something caught our attention. We could see some strange lights lighting the very edge of the sea, but given their distance, it wasn’t possible to make them out clearly. Imagine our surprise when moments after seeing these lights, located around Avenida 2 and Calle 81, approximately, but on the shore, at its very edge, we saw a person walking in that direction out of thin air – a person we were unable to see clearly. We call it a person because it was a humanoid figure heading toward the lights. We then called another person, whom we shall call Guadalupe P. to come have a look. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make out the humanoid figure, but did manage to glimpse the lights at the very edge of the sea, on the beach itself. The figure vanished moments later, as did the strange lights on the shore. The time was approximately 22:15 – 22:20 hours of the evening. It should be noted that it wasn’t a 4x4 truck or any motorcycle that could have been on the beach, since the lights were different and they [cast light] like a spotlight on that part of the shore. Furthermore, it was raining, and no one under such circumstances is going to wander around the shore on a cold and rainy night.”

That was the story of my two eyewitnesses, both of them fully qualified by their studies and the functions they carry out in their jobs.
They believe it was a strange object, while unable to make out its size or shape. What they saw with a humanoid shape could have also been its occupant, who for some reason stopped on the shore before returning and vanishing abruptly. They were unable to make out any clothing or facial features at all.

It should be noted that seeing lights and strange objects on the Necochea shoreline is quite common: over the sea, exiting and/ or entering its depths, hovering over vessels waiting their turn to enter the Port of Quequén-Necochea – in short, the case histories are abundant in these matters and I myself have witnessed some of them.

A Strange Humanoid Presence on the Shore

Two days after these events – more precisely Tuesday, 20 May – Mrs. Guadalupe P. and her daughter Marcela P. noticed the strange presence of a humanoid-type “person” who “floated as it walked” on the shore itself, also at night and without anyone else being there. They were in their apartment facing the shoreline on Avenida 2 of the city of Necochea.

This is the story of both protagonists:

This is the testimony of Guadalupe P., a professional, married with three children, age 52. He holds a senior position in a teaching institution in Necochea:

“On May 20 at approximately 22:15 hours, my 17-year-old daughter summoned me because she had seen something “strange” moving along the seashore from south to north. I should explain that we live facing the sea on the 11th floor. It was a clear but very cold night. An ethereal figure in whitish hues, yet simultaneously transparent, could be made out. It stood 1.60/1.65 meters tall, average. Considering how cold it was that evening, it really caught our attention. It gave the impression of flying in the air (its feet were unsupported). In order to see it better, we turned off the lights of the apartment and looked out the balcony, opening the window. We were able to confirm that the figure was traveling in the air. Facing our seaside apartment there is a wooden platform (used in the summer as a bar and refreshment vending point) and this figure stopped there for a few seconds before moving on. We saw it for a few meters but lost it from sight in front of the sandbanks. It should be noted that the beaches are lit up to that point. We don’t know if it went into the sea or kept walking toward the seawall. All of this happened over a 250 meter stretch.”

This is the statement of her daughter Marcela P., a 17-year-old student:

“20 May 2014 was a very cold night. It would’ve been around 22:15 hours, approximately. I was sitting in an armchair in my apartment on the 11th floor, looking out onto the Necochea seashore. Spotlights lit the beach, there was no one around, but I managed to see a “person”. For this reason, I called my Mom over so she could look, and as she regarded it for a few seconds, realized it wasn’t a person, since it didn’t appear to be wearing clothes, a scarf, hats or shoes (and as I said earlier, it was a very cold night). For that reason we turned off the apartment’s lights, looked out from the balcony and could see it more clearly. The figure stood approximately 1.60 meters, I think, an average height, was very diffuse, its lower body was barely visible. What we could see clearly, though, is that it was moving in the air, as if floating. It kept going for some 100 meters until it reached a platform with wooden pilings that is used in the summer as a refreshment stand. It stopped there, lingered a few seconds, and kept going another 150 meters, although its figure became less noticeable, it became more diffuse, until it finally vanished altogether. This is the first time I’ve seen something like this. I was stunned. For that reason I keep looking through the balcony at night, hoping to see something like it again.”

These are the direct eyewitness reports of the protagonists of this strange sighting. On the full shores of Necochea, on a very cold night with no one around. When I asked about lights near the edge of the sea or elsewhere, both told me that there were no lights in evidence, as in the previous case. They did clearly see this strange humanoid figure, floating as it walked. It was in the air. It seemed to vanish at times, as parts of its body could not be seen. Its size was apparently normal. Could it have been the same creature seen two days earlier by Ramiro Z. and Cristian B.? What was it looking for on the seashore, and wandering along the coastline? Where did it finally go?


Necochea is no stranger to UFO sightings and the presence of its occupants. I have personally looked into dozens of cases with multiple witnesses of varied socio-cultural backgrounds, finding true cases of UFO encounters as well as with the presence of occupants, such as the famous incident I dubbed “The Amelia Case: Contact in Necochea, Argentina” on 14 February 1988, with the sighting of two humanoid beings, and years ago, on 31 August 1978, a sighting of strange amorphous beings – a case I dubbed “The Estancia La Dulce Case – A UFO Encounter with Amorphous Entities”, and more recently the strange photo taken in November 2013 at Necochea Beach, showing the photo of a tall humanoid – an image that went around the world through the news and UFO media. “The Humanoid of Necochea Beach”, was the title I gave it. They have also left their mark in a wealth of landing incidents, such as the Aeroclub Gral. Necochea incident of 9 November 1968, the ground marks found on February 1988 in a house in Miguel Lillo Park, the six circles discovered on Thursday, 11 February 1988 on the premises of the Sociedad Rural de Necochea (“Strange Prints in Necochea”) and finally, another print found on 24 December 2013 near a field in Necochea (“Strange Print Found in a Field Near Necochea”) where a large, perfect circle measuring 11 meters was found in a wheat field. The cases continue and I could keep listing them --- UFO chases such as the famous case known as “The Necochea Incident: Analysis of a Contact” in August 1962, micro-flaps in 1978 during the month of August of that year, and may other events that took place in various seasons of the year since 1962 (which I have followed up on and researched many years later, as I wasn’t born at the time) to this date. Multiple sightings over the city, over the sea, over the Quequén River, over the Park, over the adjacent locality of Quequén, photographs, video recordings of these events, and coming across the widest variety of witnesses as the protagonists of these events.

What happened last May on the shores of Argentina can be added to this rich and important case history within world ufology. I personally believe that these events played out exactly as told by the witnesses. A strange humanoid figure traveled along the coast of Necochea – for reasons unknown to us – one night in May 2014.

Research by Guillermo D. Giménez
Necochea, Argentina

[Translation (c) 2014, Scott Corrales, IHU]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Argentina: Lights and Mystery in the Valley of the Dinosaurs

Argentina: Lights and Mystery in the Valley of the Dinosaurs
From Gaceta OVNI

The Ezequiel Ramos Mexía reservoir is Argentina’s largest artificial lake, created to supply power to the largest hydroelectric undertaking in the history of Patagonia, the Chocón Complex. The waters of the Limay River, which separate the Andean lacustrine region from the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro, arrive with great turbulence, following a basin that crosses the vast Patagonian desert like a blue line, giving its sky-hued color to the landscape it traverses. The monumental earthen dam, standing 86 meters tall, has transformed the desert to make it attractive to tourism. It couldn’t be any less: the sensation of enormous size that the waters cause on the viewer, in the immensity of the open space, manages to become an unforgettable image with hidden corners of particular beautiful, arduous trails and high points from which it is nearly possible to see the whole world. Among them stands out “Los Gigantes”, sandstone residues of the old landscape, rising from the waters like mighty towers, silent sentinels of the territory and its mysteries. At the shores of the reservoir we find the small village of Chocón, a community that takes advantage of any resources that may feed its peacefulness and social organization.

The Valley of the Dinosaurs

Over 70 million years ago, the formidable geological movement that raised the Andes shook the ground, leaving rich strata filled with fossil remains which in recent decades threatened to overturn the paleontological concepts of the lives, expansion and development of several dinosaur species. They betray the existence of unimaginable colossi, animals so special that they are the cause of a current revision of South American Prehistory, which was very nearly unknown not long ago. Among the unexpected discoveries we find the “Gigantosaurus”, the world’s largest carnivore. Gigantosaurus carolinii is the largest carnivore fossil found to date and bears the name of its discoverer, Rubén Carolini, who began as an amateur paleontologist, propelled to notoriety by his find. Carolini currently pursues his unceasing task, covering the region’s inhospitable and desolate wilderness in his truck, collaborating and starring in a true golden age for paleontology in Argentina, faced with major discoveries. Landscapes, discoveries and local treasures unimaginable to their builders, who did not evaluate them as possible, have endowed the village with the “cult destination” quality that sees tourists arrive to face the prehistoric world that is nowadays a garden in the desert. But not all of its wealth lies herein. As if there were something missing, a major cultural initiative has el Chocón as its center of attention.

A History of Patagonia

Héctor Pérez Morando embraced journalism as his life’s goal. A native of Buenos Aires, he embarked upon a journey in search of new experiences 40 years ago that led him to take up residence in Cipolletti, a city in Rio Negro near the Province of Neuquén. He was the founder of the Tribunas y Polémicas newspaper, among other media, which caused him to glean knowledge – responsibly and in depth – on current events and history in Patagonia. Thus, over an extended period of searching, he collected books, newspapers, reports and essays concerning this southern region. Over time, he secured over 4000 titles, including first editions, original documents ancient chronicles, studies by the first explorers of Patagonia and a varied assortment of data that turned it into the most important initiative of its kind. We read in one of his works: Only recently, in the log of the third voyage of the Rio Negro, we find a definition for this site in Neuquén: “We went along the Chalcun or Chocón. The superstitious magic of that aboriginal human flesh, shattered by spears or lost bolas, or the cold and the snow, according to the authors, would give way to bones bleached by the wind, sun and sand, phosphorescent by night, converted into the “evil light”.

The earliest references on the presence of strange lights in the region go back to the Araucanian traditions and legends, particularly Mapuche ones, collected during anthropological surveys. This is nothing news. During numerous expeditions to the virgin southlands, we find tales not only of violent encounters with the local natives, but also chronicles of encounters with bizarre lights considered by the creoles to be demonic manifestations and aboriginal spirits. Patricio Parente, a young researcher from the Grupo Hemisferios, has this to say: “These are luminous beings that form part of myth and reality alike, as encounter experiences with them do not date from centuries of dozens of years ago, but only months ago, perhaps even last week. This means that we are not looking at legends, but an inexplicable phenomenon that repeats constantly and has given rise to a particular history of strange beings. I call them beings, because their movements suggest a superhuman, super physical nature that goes beyond what we know in nature. They exist and are still seen today under other names, other headings, and they prowl the same places they haunted decades ago, where they have also been seen by policemen, watchmen, settlers and tourists. Therefore, we are facing something real, narrated and interpreted in a variety of ways. There is a remarkable item of information in the native chronicles. They are the first known group in all the Patagonian territory to give rise to an intelligent character, a life of its own that is sustained by the type of movement and behavior displayed before a witness. Similar characteristics have also attracted the attention of science. The lights that fly over el Chocón and adjoining regions were there before the reservoir was built, and perhaps there much before the settlers themselves.”

The Present

Chocón’s Mesozoic landscape is buried in the immensity of vast desolation, but this land shyly conceals other secrets under the layers of ancient memories, reminiscences and legends existing amid the Patagonian winds and the silent nights of the southern hemisphere. The dramatic changes to the landscape in the past 100 years have not affected these intriguing luminous phenomena. We are aware of specific places where they reach peaks of intensity, mysterious places where truck drivers and locals run into unidentified phenomena constantly. Neuquén forms part of a Patagonia that remains unexplored in UFO matters, jealously guarding events that would startle public opinion. At present, there are no video or photographic records of the events occurring at Chocón, but eyewitness accounts are equally unsettling. Over recent years, several locals claim having had UFO experiences. Overall, these are luminous phenomena that fly over the vicinity of the reservoir, sometimes low enough to shine over its waters. Over several nights in early 2000, shift watchmen at the reservoir saw strange lights to the northeast, following the waters of the Limay River. These lights remained static at first, then moved erratically, and were seen from this point four times during the month of January. “At times, it was believed that it was Chilean espionage,” says one watchman. Juan Pablo Gómez has looked into this particular focus on UFOS. A situation contemplated by the military until not long ago was the possibility of a military confrontation with Chile. This played a major factor in the strategic situation of the Cordilleran provinces along the vast frontier between both countries. It is not the first time that the maneuvers of unidentified flying objects have been seen as a probable intrusion by Chilean probes. While this has all been handled discreetly, it is nearly a fact – discussed on countless occasions by local military – that UFOs were suspected as enemy incursions. It is likely that alarms may have been sounded on more than one occasion when these luminous bodies flew over such strategic locations as reservoirs, refineries, gas plants and military facilities. Of course, once their degree of high strangeness was determined, there came the realization that it was more than military technology. The Gendarmerie possesses an extensive list of encounters involving border posts and strategic locations. There is, in fact, a goodly amount of UFO cases involved in the most intimate strategies of our country – cases that have not yet come to light. While some of the numerous sightings recorded from this location over the years may have to do with lights from highways, or aircraft taking off from the city of Neuquén’s own airport (70 kilometers distant in a straight line), some of the maneuvers described are exceedingly strange and capricious, particularly due to the distance at which they were seen.

Arroyito – The Hotspot

The area known as “Arroyito” is always mentioned when geographic coincidences and sightings are mentioned. It is some 27 kilometers to the northeast of the reservoir, along a segment of the Limay River that is bordered by Route 237 on the one side and Route 7 on the south. We can suggest that the area goes from the reservoir to the Arroyito Dam, which is the hottest spot in the territory. Mr. Ferreyra, a retired journalist from the major national newspaper “Clarín”, lived in Junin de los Andes for nearly 35 years and has been in Villa el Chocón for the past 3. In 1978, he witnessed an experience that became publicly known. On August 23 of that year, as conflict with Chile over control of the Beagle Channel was on the rise, and the borders were in a permanent state of alert, Ferreyra was in his car along Route 237 in the company of Ramon Asmar, who would go on to become a national congressman. Near the high voltage lines, some kilometers west of the Arroyito Dam, he saw a light through his windshield that seemed bright enough to go right through the car’s body. Visibly perturbed, he asked Asmar to stop the car for a better look, but Asmar refused to get out. Standing on the road, he was able to see a large sphere at an altitude he was unable to specify. In fact, his companion turned up the volume of the car’s radio when broadcaster Ricardo Villar – a current national congressman – interrupted his show from LU 19, Radio Cipolletti, to report the sighting of a strange shape in the sky reported by hundreds of listeners from the part of the Rio Negro Valley and Neuquén. “I remember it was around ten o’clock at night. I came down with the camera and tape recorder, but never used them in the end, I don’t know why.”

Another light, this time from a car coming from the Bariloche side of the road, approached the site, and as Ferreyra made expansive gestures, the vehicle stopped and three men got out to join him in the unusual sighting. The light vanished after a few minutes. Ferreyra asked the witnesses for their names. One of them provided information, but it later turned out his address was non-existent. Subsequent inquiries on the car’s occupants revealed they were members of army intelligence engaged in research concerning the likelihood of an armed encounter with Chile.

Ruben Carolini and his family witnessed another manifestation around 1985. “I was returning from Neuquén along 237 in my car when around ten or eleven at night, driving past Arroyito, I saw a powerful light that illuminated the desert. I stopped the car immediately, looked toward the wire fence posts along the sides of the road, and the shadows the cast showed that the light was making prolonged, extensive maneuvers in the sky. I looked out the window and could the source was a very bright, teardrop-shaped body resting horizontally. It had a dark core, blue I think, and was no more than 300 meters over the car. Since my family was restless, I kept driving until the light suddenly turned off.”

Carolini also discusses numerous experiences at the reservoir. “While that was the only time I saw anything like it, we know that during its construction, the workers saw UFOs on numerous occasions, not only at night, but in broad daylight as well.” But other remarkable experiences were had by a teacher in Villa del Chocón who prefers to remain anonymous. At least 20 years ago, returning home from the city in her car, she saw a group of lights – approximately 7 – that escorted her from the entrance to the reservoir area to the outskirts of the village. She was so shocked by the experience that since then she has discussed it with her pupils, as if preparing her kids – some of them adults now – how to calmly live through such a situation. She wasn’t wrong.

The Mysterious Valley

Other remarkable experiences occurred in the valley in recent years. In September 1998, gendarmes and local residents witnessed a spherical object with bright beams of light flying serenely over the reservoir from east to west, reflected by the waters of the Ezequiel Ramon Mexia. “It flew as low as a helicopter, but noiselessly,” says Juan Carlos Benitez, owner of the village bar, who went out to the street with some locals to witness the prodigy. There are accounts of UFOs emerging from the waters, getting between vessels that go out at night to fish. In one way or another, the activities of the Unidentifieds is particularly intense and constant, and while its fossil wealth may have boosted Chocón and its environs to fame, the enigma of the lights finds another iteration in that location – another area added to the long list of places afflicted by this mystery. So rich is the information, and so widespread the problem of UFOs in Patagonia, that the library set up by Perez Morando contains information about it in a special binder with journalistic information and eyewitness accounts, and it continues to grow. “Thirty years ago, a married couple had a remarkable experience at the Cipolletti cliffs. The story was such a sensation that I became aware of the extent of people’s interest in these subjects. The Biblioteca Patagónica has a special section on UFOs for that reason.”

While the bones of ancient titans come to light due to excavations in the area, a similar process has begun among us: recovering extraordinary experiences hitherto concealed under layers of prejudice and silence. Information and experience that will someday – like the titans of Neuquén – cause the course of history, and of the present itself, to change.

[Translation © 2014 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Silvia and Andrea Pérez Simondini (Visión OVNI), The NetCentinell, Gaceta OVNI and Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Monday, July 14, 2014

UFO Photographed over Belén de Escobar (Argentina)

UFO Researcher Fernando Távara, National Director of MUFON-Perú, shared a series of photographs and videos with Planeta UFO regarding a case in the city of Belén de Escobar in northeastern Buenos Aires Province (Argentina). The event occurred on June 28, 2014 in the early hours of the morning (6:30 am) and the images were captured by eyewitness Ricardo Pérez using a Motorola Moto G cellphone. "It was visible for over 1 hour," says the witness. "During that tim period I watched it while still in bed, as well as while standing by the window. I was unable to capture its strange movements. It moved quickly but in short segments, up and down, and then sideways -- movements that could have easily been made by a helicopter, without taking speed into account."
Researcher Távara concludes: "I am cataloguing this case as a UFO as no logical explanation for comparison can be found (bearing in mind the short, segmented movments described by the witness, reported as impossible by a craft known and made by man). Although I have said so repeatedly, a case catalogued as UFO deos not necessarily have to be of extraterrestrial origin".
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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Cryptozoology: The Megatherium Theory - Lobizón, Chupacabras and Cattle Mutilations

Cryptozoology: The Megatherium Theory – Lobizón, Chupacabras and Cattle Mutilations
By Luis Jorge Salinas

With the best intentions of providing clarification for these matters, and in the hope that these words reach the authorities and citizens of the countries of the Americas regarding something that all of us should understand calmly and rationally, in order that people may become aware and take protective measures especially at night, I extend this warning mainly to the young: do not endanger your lives trying to capture these unknown animals, as they generally go about in packs, aside from having large claws and mysterious chemical defenses, making them as dangerous (or more so) than any of the large felines known to us. For the good of all, mainly children, we must understand that nature is not forgiving. Be cautious when facing the unknown. Those of us engaged in research ask for more time to prove what is stated herein.

After sending over 1000 e-mails to various institutions, agencies and scientists, I continue to support what I have been saying about Megatherium for over 10 years on my own initiative, based on my sightings of these large and astonishing animals in Amazonia, where I conducted explorations in several instances. I have made up my mind to step forward with my conclusions, hitherto theoretical, which will cause great differences in the public and scientific opinion, but also in the understanding that repeated and ever-increasing waves of animal mutilations through the Americas remain unexplained.

I am referring to Megatheria of average size such as the megalonyx wheatley or similar ones, without discarding the possible of Megatherium having other physical configurations that anyone is free to research on the Internet, in order to glean paleontological data and information. I will provide a number of links with eyewitness accounts in order that people may interpret the associations in a more immediate context.

I endeavor to explain how one of the main mammal species of the Pleistocene megafauna, which survived the ice age, is responsible for most of the so-called mutilations and the correspondence between these facts. Science has properly described their successful evolution during the Eocene-Pleistocene period, yet mistakenly considers them extinct in the more recent ice ages. A current “large population of Megatherium” has anonymously been handed down to our times, possessing highly evasive qualities, a pestilent and effective chemical weapon, and a surprising physical agility. Perhaps spurred by our own actions, they have scattered across the continent once more as a simple “Lazarus taxon” not yet proven by science, arising from the scientific insistence on avoiding any research on cryptids and/or myths, coupled with a lack of interest in eyewitness accounts and narratives portrayed journalistically from the beginning of the historic record, considering them to be unacceptable legends or human delusions.

The certainty of my sightings shook my skepticism and led me to investigate any sighting or attack by strange creatures having certain characteristics, understanding them to be clearly related to animal mutilations in the Americas alone, which have been tallied in excess of 10,000 mutilated heads of cattle, an uncounted number of farm birds, as well as swine, sheep, horses, donkeys, dogs, cats and wild pets, as well as a probable relationship - under certain conditions – to a small number of attacks/injuries on human beings.

I have also considered, then, the existence of a historic chain of mutilations over time, which would include wild animals over hundreds of years, going back to prehispanic times, and non-domestic animals in recent decades, which perhaps displaced by human expansion, hunting and deforestation. [These predators] have been encouraged to approach settlements with the results in question. Currently, only 50-60% of the cases have been reported due to the scarce and unsatisfactory response by officialdom, similar to what happens with petty theft, where reports are few because we cannot justify the waste of time.

These mutilations have also been researched by various scientific agencies from a number of countries and intelligence organizations such as the FBI and others. Most cattlemen, peasants, practical people and those knowledgeable of their various regional predators cannot be convinced by any of the theories or responses put forth so far. The reaction of casual eyewitnesses to the unknown, and the association and relationships formed within their minds in an unexpected moment, also need to be understood.

To understand eyewitness perceptions, it is necessary to know how each observer defines an unknown animal species under pressure, distance, angle and lighting, and what mythical or journalistic information they associated in their minds at that moment. I can give you several examples of this:

Humanoid, lobizón, Chupacabras, wolfman, large dog, large monkey, pig dog, chulliachaque, devil, mulánima, comecabras… over 40 regional names in various Spanish-speaking countries.

Lobisomem, paça-lobo, cape-lobo, homem-lobo, mapinguari, curupira, mula-sem-cabeça, boi-de-ouro, chupa-chupa, pé de garrafa and other 20 native or regional tongues (Portuguese) in Brazil.

Luisó / Luisón, over 10 legendary definitions in Guaraní (Paraguay)

Swamp beast, skunk ape, wolfman, dogman, fouke monster, jonesville monster, wendigo, boggy creek, etc., (U.S.A – Canada ) I have not included Sasquatch/Bigfoot because researchers there suggest a hominid, but a relationship could exist.

Some time ago, over 2000 sightings/attacks were believed to have occurred in the U.S.A. and over 10,000 for South and Central America, giving rise to a variety of theories, official communiqués, conspiracy theories and even merchandising, and for this reason I shall only mention some outstanding conclusions:

The most common official response in several countries is to ascribe action to natural predators, feral dogs or natural deaths followed by carrion animals or others forced by drought and a scarcity of food, highlighting the conclusion reached by Argentina’s SENASA in the year 2002 that the red-muzzled mouse was to blame, and the disagreement with most scientific veterinarians is on record (although for a specific region, this could be valid following a natural death related to known animal diseases).

Moreover, paranormal researchers and other believed that luminous effects were witnessed in 80% of the cases, although avoiding specifics, and general coinciding with mutilation areas, for which reason a UFO theory was invoked, associated with circular ground marks, possible burns in the injuries, an association with phosphate chemicals, etc., but which to my understanding have a direct relationship with the fluids released by this species, call them highly acid and toxic liquid emanations, but which I cannot say for sure would have a luminous effect or not. But I do value their valuable and voluntary efforts to mobilize and gather information, eyewitness accounts and post them to their web pages, while respectfully disagreeing with their opinions.

Other conspiracy-minded, extremist or malicious theories put forth by people with evil intentions, etc. after a brief analysis, do not bear being mentioned.

Returning to my argument, you can see how most people associated facts without even planning to do so in most cases, which to my understanding could be more or less explained as follows:

Cases defined as Lobizón or Lobisomem – 90%
(discarding 10% of false accounts)
Cases defined as Chupacabras - 70%
(other predatory species, natural deaths, etc., 30%)
Cases defined as cattle mutilations (worldwide) – 60%
(other predatory species, carrion animals, natural death, etc. 40%)
Cases involving mutilations/strange lights – 80%
(Luminous phenomena, ET stories, etc. – 20%)

All of these cases are produced by herds of Megatherium and/or adult specimens, which could even be estimated by the varying amount of prey in disparate areas and conditions. In one place we find 2 chickens and 150 in another; 1 cow in a given situation and 30 in another. The explanation is still pending until the species is known and identified, and let us say that for the moment, they are forced or wandering in their own “modus operandi”. This species, which has managed to adapt and display extreme survival skills, is confirmed by the paleontological background information on territorial expansion, to which we would have to add an evident evolution of evasive and predatory intelligence beyond what we know of omnivorous mammals that exist in our classifications, as well as the explanation of the astonishing attack method directly related to the fluid they release – a highly toxic one that stuns/immobilizes their prey, with an odor often described as a mixture of ammonia and sulfur, leaving phosphate traces that endure for many days over the mutilated carcasses, hindering the action of other carrion animals. It is also possible that another member [of the same species] may return to feed from it.

With a height of 2.30 meters (7.5 feet) in an upright position and an estimated weight of 500 kilograms in an adult specimen, accompanied by a deafening howl, it is understandable – when faced with such intimidation – to think in wolfmen, lobizones, or similar things, unsuitable for the faint of heart. Moreover, if the sighting involves juveniles in a quadrupedal position, they may be associated with ape-dogs, pig-dogs or other legends, as I have described in my 2009 book, available for download on PDF from my website (

The wrongheaded search for a carnivorous predator to blame, the lack of scientific knowledge due to a policy against “open-mindedness”, lack of interpretation of the various eyewitness ccounts, the various journalistic headlines and names that seemingly describe different species, myths, mythmakers, skeptics on the subject and a host of other reasons have caused most people to disbelieve everything and everyone. I will hold true to my word to my dying day, and I believe in the hundreds of eyewitness reports, and will endeavor to obtain evidence that defies the “extinction theory of American Megafauna.”

Luis Jorge Salinas – Independent Researcher, Explorer, Author
Consultant for the Gran Simio Project, Spain
Mar del Plata – Argentina
April 2012

Videos to be consulted:

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13 29/12/2011 (report 1994)
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27 11/09/2011
28 29/05/2009
29 07/03/2010
30 20/04/2009
31 09/12/2011
32 23/02/2012
33 28/03/2011
34 16/09/2011
35 11/01/2011
36 23/04/2011
37 24/11/2011
38 02/12/2010
39 11/10/2011
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42 04/04/2008
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46 7/1/2013
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59 28/02/2012
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62! 29/03/2011
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64 2010
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66 27/11/2011
67 05/10/2009
68 27/11/2011
69 30/08/2011
70 22/02/2011
71 05/04/2010
72 13/04/2012
73 O Caboclo - A Verdadeira História do Caboclo D'água - Parte I - YouTube 2012
74 "Chupacabras" Chinú ZONA FRANCA DE NORTEVISION MONTERIA CORDOBA 13022013 - YouTube12/2/2013

Radio, Print and Other Sources

01 24/3/2013
02 04/04/2011
03 13/11/2010
04 09/08/2008
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06 25/02/2011
08 29/03/2011
09 14/06/2010
10 02/02/2012
11 13/02/2009
12,,MUL1000484-5598,00-JOVEM+DO+RS+AFIRMA+TER+SIDO+ATACADA+POR+LOBISOMEM.html 13/02/2009
13 22/02/2012
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17 07/04/2012
18 30/06/2011
20 23/06/2000
21 24/08/2008
22 Un extraño hominido aterroriza Filipinas | El Rincón del Misterio
23 30/03/2011
24 Un joven bandeño, atacado por un extraño ser en Ruta 1 - Nuevo Diario - Santiago del Estero
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26 14/06/2010
27 Alberto Urquiza en TVN 2ª Extraño animal en Placilla - YouTube
28 Perro vampiro responsable de muerte de porcinos.mp4 - YouTube
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33 Aterrados, temen el regreso del "Chupacabras" por masacre de ovejas en Honduras | SDP Noticias2013-03-24
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46 04/05/2006
47 20/08/2010
48 23/02/2011
49 16/03/2011
50 08/11/2011
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52 29/08/2010
53 01/03/2007
54 30/08/2000
55 28/12/2010
56 18/03/2011
57 13/07/2007
58 11/10/2009
59 23/11/2011
60 27/08/2010
61 28/05/2009
62 26/02/2011
63 18/03/2011
64 11/04/2011
65 08/03/2012
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x9 El chupacabras actúa en Puerto Rico | ElTransbordador.Com 11/3/2013
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[Translation © 2014 by Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Cryptozoology: A “Yeti” in Cuba in 1962?

Cryptozoology: A “Yeti” in Cuba in 1962?

[Author Luis Jorge Salinas posted the following account to his Facebook Page on 06.30.2014 regarding a case involving a “Yeti” or Bigfoot in Cuba. He writes: “While looking for information on what I believe should have existed, given that Cuba is closer to the continent, and considering an ancient land-bridge that allowed the passage of Pleistocene fauna to the isles of the Antilles. [My current estimation] is that the current predator species (Chupacabras, etc.) is simply an evasive relict species.”]

Danger: The Yeti
By Manuel Iturralde Vinent
(from “Aventuras en el Mundo de las Tinieblas” Havana: Editorial Científico-Técnica, 2001 reprint)

Our Grupo Murciélago (bat group) following expeditions to the Havana Forest, was eager to become involved in the exploration of larger cave systems, leading to our association with the Grupo de Exploraciones Científicas, based in Marianao and engaged in the investigation of cave systems with true underground rivers. These caves are located in the Province of Pinar del Rio, near a little town called Sumidero in the Pica Pica Valley. Our first visit to that location was in the year 1962.

On a winter afternoon that day, we reached Pica Pica Valley as part of an expedition consisting of 18 men and 2 women, being joyfully met by the peasants of that locality. After our introductions and the obligatory exchanges, we set up our camp in a tobacco curing shed and got ready for our first adventure.

That very same night we visited the Pío Domingo Cavern, whose immense mouth opens on a hillside in the bottom of Pica Pica Valley. We were quite impressed upon reaching its entrance, since all the caves we had explored early would have fit inside it. We went along its spacious main gallery and reached a water source at which we stocked our canteens and several plastic containers. The peasants say that those who drink from these waters always return to the cave – thus, we all fell prey to this mystical enchantment.

After returning to camp and eating, we met at the bohío of Perfecto Hernandez, an exceptional man who had explored – without any preparations or company – nearly all the caves in this region and knew all the paths. Perfecto was a guide and dear friend to many generations of speleologists.

Sitting on a comfortably stool, Perfecto smoked an immense cigar he had just rolled. Dense tongues of smoke issued from his mouth, playfully dispersing themselves into the corners of the roof. Holding a cup of coffee in his hand, he gestured at the darkened wilderness and said: “The Yeti was prowling around the house again not long ago. The boy saw it and had a fright.”
He pointed to his youngest son, who sat on the floor beside us, with the unlit end of his cigar. We all turned to the boy, but the magical sense of those words left us wanting more and full of questions. To satisfy the curiosity of the neophytes, Perfecto told the story of the Yeti.

There had been talk in the region for many months now about a very strange animal, one that had never been seen before. According to the stories being told, the beast was the size of the calf, but was strong and hairy, with a long tail and light brown in color. Some claimed having seen it standing on two legs.

A man came across it and was attacked by the animal, who tore off one of his arms in the struggle. Others claimed having seen it rip apart a pig with relative ease. It devoured some 50 chickens found in the vicinity of Perfecto’s home in less than a week – even our friend’s youngest son was unlucky enough to run into the Yeti.

One afternoon, while sitting at home, he noticed that the dogs were whining and had hid under the table with their tails between their legs. The terrified squeals of a pig could be heard from the pen located at the bottom of the hill. Upon reaching the site, drawn by the commotion, the boy received such a fright that he returned home speechless – no one ever heard a word about what he saw that summer afternoon. He limited himself to repeating: “The Yeti, the Yeti…” over and over again, clinging to his mother in fright.

The account resembled another story about the “guijes” (paranormal imps) so common to our countryside, but there was a notable difference. Perfecto was a very serious man and several members of the Grupo de Exploraciones Científicas swore having seen the Yeti. On one occasion, they remarked, one of them opened fire against it, managing to scare off the animal without injuring it. It tore its way through branches and lianas as it raced swiftly to the top of the hill.

There was another occasion during which 20 men got together, well-armed, with the intent of surrounding the Yeti and capturing it. After several days of unsuccessful searching, they heard a loud commotion when the approached the entrance of a cave known as Los Soterráneos (the underground). It apparently contained some of these animals that had fled upon smelling the proximity of humans. They were able to find fresh Yeti tracks at this location and abundant excrement. The tracks allowed them to ascertain that the animal’s feet were large and endowed with powerful claws that dug deeply into the mud, while an analysis of the excreta showed that it fed both on animals and plants. Late in the evening, we returned to the tobacco curing shed that had become our campground. These structures consist of several floors formed by lines for the hanging of tobacco, tied to long sticks called cujes. I tied my hammock to the first batch of cujes. The temperature had dropped to nearly 5 centigrade (41 F), so before turning in, I put on everything I had in my bag and covered myself with a thick blanked. I soon fell asleep thanks to the warm comfort of my resting place and the silence that prevailed throughout the entire valley.

In the early morning hours, an unexpected event caused me to leap from the hammock and climb to the highest floor of the cujes. The silence of the night was shattered by a sharp, staccato howl that raised the hair on my arms down to their very roots. The echo of the valley turned the howls into a macabre symphony.

“The Yeti!” was the word repeated from one mouth to another. The dogs whined restlessly, not daring to leave the house. We all remained expectant and shocked, but heard nothing more.
Given the swiftness with which I climbed to the top of the tobacco-curing shed, I had forgotten to bring along my blanket, so the intense cold kept me from getting any sleep. Go down and get it? Not a chance. At daybreak, and when everyone was up, I managed to shake the numbness from my bones and descend to meet the rest of the group. There was much talk about the Yeti afterward, but it seems that he came to give a howl of farewell. To many people, the Yeti no longer holds any mystery whatsoever, since they consider them to be some jíbaro dogs of large size, distorted by the imagination of the peasantry. However, the likelihood that it could be some other strange animal cannot be dismissed, because there once lived an animal collector in Pinar del Río who had a private zoo, from which several species brought from other countries once escaped.

I do not know if what we heard that night was the barking of some jíbaro dog, the howl of a coyote or the bellowing of some other animal. The fact is that I have never heard anything like it again. A few years ago, I visited the home of the late Perfecto and asked about the Yeti. I was told that there had been no further word about it. Could it have died? Perhaps we’ll never know, but isn’t impossible that it is still hiding in the caves of the Sierra de los Organos. The fact is that the nature of this animal remains a mystery to this day.

[Translation © 2014, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Jorge Salinas and Manuel Iturralde Vinent]

Friday, July 04, 2014

Argentina: Cattle Mutilations in Rocamora, Entre Rios

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: July 3, 2014

Argentina: Cattle Mutilations in Rocamora, Entre Rios
By Daniel Ubaldo Padilla

A new avenue of research in the mutilation field opened in 2013, beyond what could have been predicted, and in regard to the information emerging from my research. The fact that an attack of such striking characteristics should have been made public – on account of the number, and on a single property in February 2013 – represents an exclamation mark in our line of investigation. This is the first time it has happened beyond the time period evinced since I embarked on this quest, but there are certain other elements that accompany this yearly periodicity reckoned in months.
In an effort to find an answer beyond the perpetrator, it is necessary to find the coordinates of the attack…of the moment…with the aim of coming face to face with the elusive culprit. As part of this search, and endeavoring to answer other mysteries that will channel an answer to the first, we tried to determine if there was a given moment for carrying out the attack, or whether certain conditions had to come about for it to happen. It was then that the statistics began to come together in an answer that had more than mere whiff of the esoteric.

The possibility of having access to many mutilations of the type we have called “traditional”, aside from peripheral observations of the facts, has led us to concentrate on the dates of the deaths, approximating the animal’s actual date of death as closely as possible. Based on “X” amount of mutilation attacks we were able to put together the following scheme, determining a “peak period” based on a lunar period and which from the standpoint of investigation, reflects a likely number of days per month in which attacks may occur, covering a yearly period running from April to September, which we have called the “annual period”, with a 98% likelihood of having a “predator moment”

2007: Two Equines and Four Likely Mutilated Bovines

In this 11-year search for the very intelligent entity behind the animal mutilation events, “mutilation harvests” are nothing new at the San Diego ranch owned by Edgardo Raul Slootmans. While my goal is to make this situation widely known, the material collected with regard to mutilations over these years is truly interesting, requiring its dosification through this blog. As I have told my associates, the material transcribed herein in columns is approximately 15% of all that has been documented during the access to this phenomenon. I hope my readers will forgive my evisceration of this information, but given the persistence of events in this region, it is necessary to refresh other important events that shed more light on current events.
Between October 15-18, 2007, the San Diego ranch was part of the mutilation wave that swept the province of Entre Rios. It was there that Lalo Slootmans watched two of his equines. His interest, a result of hearing the stories propagated in the media at the time, caused him to contact Dr. Roberto Lezcano, who at the time shared our “quest” to unravel the cattle mutilations. Accompanied by one of Lalo’s children, and thanks to his contact with Omar Izaguirre, who had official police duties in the dependency of Rocamora, we were able to gain access to the possible mutilation that very same afternoon. While no veterinarian was present, it was possible to ascertain the mutilation incisions on the right jaw and the absence of an eye on the left side, as well as a perforation of anus. But the most significant discovery was that for the first time we noticed micro-peforations throughout the animal’s body. Dr. Lezcano’s thorough observation led him to detect this nearly total correspondence in the majority of mutilation events, to a greater or lesser extent, with the subsequent observation and collection of fungi emerging from these perforations. Under the same inclement, intensely rainy conditions, nearly 100 meters from where the two equines lay, were four mutilated bovines in groups of two. Due to the considerable amount of water accumulated around them, the observation was made at a distance, unable to ascertain if these were really “traditional mutilations”.

Without expanding any further on the information on 2007 cases, I consider Lalo to have been another victim of the indifference and lack of response of the institutional authorities as a whole, and of those who govern us. When it comes to providing accurate explanations on events effectively recorded, which keep repeating in the area, they only fall into contradictions that are wholly detrimental to research itself, and denigrating of the influence which the scientific community should have.

2013: Eight Mutilations and Six Probable Related Deaths

On Tuesday, February 19, a phone call from Doctor Lezcano alerting me to the news should have been surprising…but it wasn’t. Although it was striking, considering that the event occurred beyond the specified annual period, it really wasn’t if we paid attention to specific concomitant patterns that accompany mutilation phenomena, such as the lunar period scheme, and the noticeable drop in temperature, unwarranted for those days in the month of February. The possibility of a traditional mutilation then gained strength, with eight documented mutilations, followed by five likely bovine deaths and the certain possibility of another mutilated horse in a neighboring field.

While the Rocamora Police appeared on Wednesday the 20th, they did not enter the area due to the inclement weather and the daunting hike required to reach the site: nearly 3000 meters (2 miles) from Route No. 39.

Accompanied by Lalo, Dr. Lezcano was able to perform an informal necropsy on one of the animals found, learning that the animal had died only a few hours earlier in comparison to the others. This animal was in the left lateral decubitus position, missing an eye, its tongue cut out to the root, with a mutilated anus and the beginnings of a chest mutilation, and an apparent squeeze to the groin. While these marks are startling, they are nothing new in cases of animal mutilations I have seen, but they do add quality to the ones already found. An inverted V mark, with its vertex pointing toward the head (like an arrow) and signs of apparent “clamping” in the groin are, to my humble understanding, a more than new contribution to research. Another observation centered on the animal’s heart: what startled the doctor the most was the presence of the entirety of the coagulated blood, which filled the various coronary cavities 100%. This is nothing new, from my perspective, since around 2002 we eviscerated an animal in the San Cipriano area, not too far away. We saw the same on that occasion, but by being a neophyte in the matter, and without the presence of an expert, the normality or abnormality of what was seen remained a mystery. Today we can say that the anomaly is real, since blood should be liquid in a carcass, beyond coagulation of the vena cava in a pathology that approximates traumatic reticultitis. But the question I pose here is directed at physicians: Is there a pathology in which the cause of death presents a total coagulation of the auricles and ventricles of the heart?

Diagnoses and Institutions

Upon reading subsequent statements made by the police to the press, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Of course, over 11 years of research, there have been changes in positions in that institution, and many of them, to the extent that they all forgot the small “red-muzzled mouse”, the yellow jacket and the carnivorous insect offered as explanations. Some understood that it is necessary to resort to science and credible diagnoses, but the unfortunate tendency to keep justifying the unjustifiable. Thus it was that eight days after having found the dead animals, and 24 hours after gaining access to the site, the police said the following:

“Minutes before 23:00 hours, the radio [station] at Basabilbaso learned that the information gleaned by the police commission headed by Cancio implies death by anthrax. This is an infectious disease known since Colonial days, highly contagious and affecting ruminants mainly, being transmissible to other animals, even humans…”

Dr. Roberto Lezcano consulted a senior authority at SENASA, and based on filmed, photographed and verbal documentation, the presumptive diagnostic was: symptomatic anthrax, also known as blackleg or emphysematous anthrax. When consulted by the media, Dr. Lezcano stated plainly: “…the expert said that samples had been lifted from two animals “which had been dead for a few hours”, allowing him to gather evidence that led veterinarians to conclude that the animals “had died of blackleg, an acute highly infectious illness characterized by an inflammation of the muscles, severe toxemia and high rates of mortality, affecting young bovines aged 6 months to 2 years old, and whose etiology is a bacterium.” He hastened to add that according to his dialogue with veterinary physicians, “adult bovines are naturally resistant to infection by this microorganism, from an epidemiological standpoint.”

Foundering Between Scientism and Research

The apt notion or description voiced by John Carew Eccles on scientism fits this situation perfectly, in which we should eliminate all presumption of conspiracy theories despite the police department’s expeditious statement to the media. He says: “ A pernicious insidiousness arises from the presence of some scientist, even eminent ones, that science shall soon provide a full explanation of all of the world’s natural phenomena and all our subjective experiences: not only perceptions and experiences involving beauty, but our thoughts, imagination, dreams, emotions and beliefs as well. It is important to acknowledge that while a scientist may make this pretense, he is no longer acting as a scientist, but as a prophet disguised as a scientist. That is scientism, not science, but it impresses the layman greatly, convinced that science provides the truth. On the contrary, a scientist should not believe that he has certain knowledge of the truth. The most that we scientists can do is to approximate a true understanding of natural phenomena through the elimination of errors in our hypotheses. It is highly important that scientists appear before the public as what they really are: humble seekers of the truth.”

Now, the swift but detrimental police statement does not even reference the explanation – or lack thereof – for the mutilated parts. But Doctor Lezcano’s statements, offering guidelines for the SENASA’s institutional specialists to render a verdict without having been at the site, offer the perspective of one who places himself in the role of the humble seeker of the truth. Furthermore, Lezcano forces the veterinary expert to expand on the mutilated parts, being unable to offer an explanation on the subject. While the necropsy yields blackleg as the cause of death, what I am seeing is an evident thrombosis with excessive accentuation, in comparison with other cases of blackleg. When we add the anomaly of the blood coagulated in the heart, plus the mutilated part and the marks found on the carcasses of some animals, plus the opinion of an acknowledged university engineer, a specialist in meats from the Province of Cordoba, who noted that he was startled by the blood clot in the neck vein, which was out of proportion to blackleg, the place where the characteristic blood clot from clostridium chauvoei is found. I add to this comparisons with living animals not described here, arising from research, in specific information gathered over 11 years. For this reason, and given the evident clash between scientism and official research, I take the liberty of putting forth a new scenario for the deaths:

For some special reason, the central area of the province is chosen for repeated incursions by a cattle mutilating predator. I could say that this special reason could be a special element: WATER and the characteristic wetlands of the Argentine Mesopotamia. This significant element would foster intimate contact with our cattle. The inhospitable landscape of the San Diego ranch would propitiate an attack by the predator. The sighting made by Edgardo Slootmans is no small thing. As we stood in the apparent street of marked grass, we looked toward the Gualeguay River from east to west, and he said, could it be possible that the herd of young animals had been chased? That’s why they were scattered to one side and another of the lane that empties out to the river. Three of the animals followed this trajectory. Another three were lined up toward the end of the lane, close to the river and parallel to it, extending a hypothetical escape down the lane, limited by the river itself at the end. This caused the animals to turn around and run parallel to the Gualeguay, fleeing from a predator. One or two managed to escape; eight were left on the lane. The abundant, brusque signs of manipulation, marks and mutilations suggest a forceful, invasive contact, seen in the cornea of the animal’s blue-white eye, and on the other hand, the invasive “clostridial explosion” caused by the ANAEROBIC action of the bacteria, possibly clostridium chauvoei, whose swift progress is aided by the aggressive contact with the predator tied to a certain luminous action that would accelerate natural processes to higher degrees, producing multiple blood clots. High coagulation in the blood and in the heart, aside from the blindness often seen in natural processes of excessive exposure to sunlight in bovines. It is also worth noting that since the animal was found barely hours before its death, it’s body temperature was elevated to over 40 degrees, notable when performing the necropsy through a pair of rubber cloves. I understand that the accelerant that sped the deaths of the calves, a sudden death caused by the sudden appearance of clostridium, which favored by the lack of oxygen in some muscles due to clamping, added to the stress endured, precisely indicates the abominable action of the mutilation, the reason I consider to be the main cause of death of the animals attacked during that lunar cycle. In other words, they died from the wounds caused by the attack, a concept that bolsters the line of investigation I have been following in the cattle mutilation phenomenon.


[Translation © 2014, Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Daniel U. Padilla and Guillermo Giménez]