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:

1 2013
2 29/03/2011
3 06/12/2009
4 02/06/2011
5 25/06/2011
6 25/10/2010
7 17/02/2011
8 12/07/2011
9 29/09/2011
10 01/05/2007
11 14/02/2011
12 06/12/2010
13 29/12/2011 (report 1994)
14 23/12/2011
15 1990
16 22/03/2012
17 22/02/2009
18 05/05/2008
19 27/01/2008
20 03/11/2010
21 11/07/2008
22 07/07/2009
23 31/03/2011
24 09/09/2009
25 18/05/2010
26 19/05/2011
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
40 25/10/2011
42 04/04/2008
43 01/06/2011
45 15/10/2009
46 7/1/2013
47 2012
48 2010
49 2010
50 07/07/2011
51 2011
52 1995
53 2012
54 2005
55 1946
56 1996
57 2012
58 2010
59 28/02/2012
60 01/01/2012
61 09/11/2011
62! 29/03/2011
63 25/10/2011
64 2010
65 19/12/2010
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
05 05/12/2010
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
14,1304,2966053,15067 10/07/2010
16 27/05/2010
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
25 17/10/2011
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
29,,MUL914400-15605,00-RAPAZ+DIZ+QUE+VIU+HOMEM+VIRAR+LOBISOMEM.html 07/12/2008
30 26/06/2011
31 12/10/2007
32,38,2403191 28/01/2009
33 Aterrados, temen el regreso del "Chupacabras" por masacre de ovejas en Honduras | SDP Noticias2013-03-24
34 09/12/2008
35 07/08/2010
37 28/07/2010
38 27/06/2011
39 28/09/1972
40 25/05/2007
41 14/02/2007
42 22/12/2006
44 01/05/2000
45 28/06/2007
46 04/05/2006
47 20/08/2010
48 23/02/2011
49 16/03/2011
50 08/11/2011
51 01/06/2003
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
67 04/04/2012

UFO / Cryptozoology / Mystery Blogs

x1 26/12/2007
x2 23/06/2000
x3 29/07/2011
x4 10/09/2008
x5 12/12/2006
x6 28/07/2010
x7 27/05/2010
x8 07/07/2009
x9 El chupacabras actúa en Puerto Rico | ElTransbordador.Com 11/3/2013
x10 26/09/2011
x11 15/10/2007
x12 12/05/2007 MVsT8aCM8rq0gGu4PDoBg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDMQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dwolfman%2Bin%2Bmichigan%26hl%3Des%26biw%3D1126%26bih%3D641%26prmd%3Dimvns
x13 06/04/2010

[Translation © 2014 by Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]