On September 1967, in Alamosa County,
Colorado, a young colt called Lady was found dead and stripped from
the neck upwards. Conducting the pathology examination, Dr John Altshuler;
was astonished to find that the animal's brain, spine and organs in
the chest area, including the heart, had been removed with incredible
precision. What baffled him most was that the animal had been completely
drained of blood without so much as a stain on or around the body.
When Dr Altshuler later examined tissue samples
under a microscope, he was shocked to discover that 'there was a darkened
colour as if the flesh had been opened and cauterized [burned apart
by high heat] with a surgical cauterizing blade ... almost as if it
had been done with a modern day laser.' Although lasers had been constructed
in the early 1960s, there was still no surgical laser technology capable
of causing such wounds in 1967. Another mystery was the absence of
tracks - vehicular, human or animal - anywhere near the carcass. In
fact, the only prints found were the colt's hoofprints, and these
ended about 30 metres from its body.
The 'Lady' incident heralded the beginning of
animal mutilations in Colorado and, later that year, in Pennsylvania.
These were followed by a wave of mutilations in the Midwestern states
of Alabama, Iowa and Texas, a further outbreak in Colorado in the
early 1980s and another in the Deep South in the early 1990s. In between,
isolated cases have occured - and continue to do so - with similar
reports coming from Canada, Central and South America, Australia and
parts of Europe, including Britain.
The vast majority of these cases have
followed a remarkably similar pattern :
Most mutilations involve cattle, although
horses, sheep, goats, even domestic pets, have occasionally been victims.
More scary though, odd cases of humans too.
There are no traces of a struggle. Even in snow-covered
ground, there are no tracks or footprints near the carcass. It appears
as if the animals are somehow lifted off the ground and later dumped
from the air.
The internal organs, eyes, ears, tongues, rectums and genitalia are
frequently removed, along with flesh from the jaw.
Oval or circular bloodless incisions - often
only hide deep - are found on the carcasses, many of which are completely
drained of blood. These incisions are made with surgical precision.
More recent microscopic tissue analysis
has shown that some of the cuts point to the use of a scalpel, while
others appear to have been made without a knife, either some how cutting
between the cells, or by 'cooking' the flesh, (gross) with a laser-like
heat source, but without leaving the carbon traces normally left by
From the very beginning, this phenomenon has baffled investigators
and pathologists alike. Many experienced ranchers and sheriffs who
have been handling cattle mutilations for decades are convinced that
these particular cases could not possibly be the work of indigenous
predators, such as coyotes, wolves or mountain
In some of the cases in Alabama investigated
by UFO researcher and documentary-maker Linda Howe in 1993, the mutilated
animals' capillary veins had been drained of blood, which would not
have occurred had the livestock been attacked by predators. Besides,
what predator could be capable of surgically boring out the genitalia
of a cow?
As successive investigations failed to establish
any natural causes, other theories were put forward. One of these
was that satanic cults were abducting the animals for ritual ceremonies,
although nobody could explain what kind of devil worship involved
the use of fleets of helicopters and bulky medical lasers. In any
case, echaustive undercover by US and Canadian state authorities have
failed to reveal any trace of a link between occult activity and these
Another theory was fuelled by reports of mysterious,
low-flying black helicopters - often silent and bearing none of the
identification numbers required by US federal regulations - appearing
in the area either immediately before or after the discovery of a
mutilated carcass. On a number of occasions, the helicopters were
seen to be spraying the area where mutilated animals were later found,
giving rise to speculation that livestock was being used - presumably
by government agencies, for testing biological and chemical weapons.
The mystery was further complicated by reports from civilians who
photographed these helicopters, alleging that they had been threatened
by men wearing black uniforms without insignias ... Men In Black??
Over the years, the US military and government
agencies have repeatedly denied any involvement in these strange incidents.
In fact, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has gone so far as to
deny the very existance of these strange helicopters.
As far as the mutilations are concerned, the official explanation
has always been the same - natural causes. Bowing to public pressure,
the FBI investigated the phenomenon in 1979. Its findings, delivered
in a 297-page report, were published a year later and sided with those
who believed the mutilations were the work of animal predators. Yeah
... right. Another argument, supported by official government autopsies,
was that the lack of blood was consistent with the length of time
the dead animals had been left undisturbed and that the cause of death
could be linked to parasites. Hmm, parasites steal organs using a
laser tool and steal an animals rectum? Doesn't quite add up does
These explanations outraged ranchers and state
investigators, who complained of a whitewash. Dassatisfied with the
response from the US government, desperate ranchers formed private
vigilante groups and took to firing at any low-flying helicopters
crossing their fields.
Although the FBI has been reluctant to become
openly involved, UFO author Timothy Good obtained a secret 1976 FBI
report by Officer Gabriel Valdez of the New Mexico state police. After
inspecting a multilated cow, the officer discovered pod marks depressed
into the earth, forming a triangle (Black triangle craft?). Each indentation
had a diameter of 40cm and strongly suggested that a 'suspected aircraft'
had landed, followed the cow and landed again where the cow was killed.
An oily yellow substance was found under the small tripods, the grass
around them was scortched and radiation levels were found to be much
higher than normal. To some ranchers and local investigators, this
was confirmation of what they had long suspected - that, as Lou Girodo,
chief investigator of mutilations for the District Attorney's office
in Trinidad, Colorado, put itm "We were dealing with creatures
not from this planet".
Lady's death, in September 1967, had coincided with a minor rash of
UFO sightings and reports of strange lights in the San Louis Valley,
he area where the colt's mutilated carcass was found. Each subsequent
wave of mutilations was also accompanied by a fresh outbreak of UFO
sightings in the affected area. This led some UFOlogists to speculate
that there was a connection between the helicopter and UFO sightings
- perhaps the UFOs could 'disguise' themselves as helicopters?
Another curious feature, althought his may not
be connected with UFOs, was the presence of fluorescent paint, visible
only under ultraviolet light, on the hides of some of the animal victims
found near Dulce, New Mexico. (Chemical experiments at the base?)
In another case, a putty-like substance was found in a mutilated cow's
ribcage. Analysis showed the substance to have a composition similar
to paint, but researchers are still baffled as to how it got 'into'
In her 1989 documentary, 'Alien Life Forms',
Linda Howe interviewed members of farming communities who claimed
to have witnessed alien beings engaged in the abduction of animals.
Perhaps the most remarkable account came from Ron and Paula Watson
from Mount Vernon, Missouri. In July 1993, while standing on their
porch, the Watsons claimed to notice some strange goings on at the
far end of their pasture.
UK ANIMAL MUTILATIONS :
Tony Dodd, a former police sergeant turned UFO
researcher, has amassed a large number of mutilation reports in Britain.
Many of his cases show much that same hallmarks as those reported
in the US and other countries - bloodless wounds; the 'surgical removal'
of organs, eyes and tongues; the rectum 'cored out' and the jawbone
stripped of flesh. Since the early 1990s, Dodd claims, incidents of
mutilation have involved wild animals such as foxes, deer, badgers,
seals and wild birds as well as livestock. A part of his enquiries,
Dodd wrote to the National Veterinary College and the National Farmers
Union asking for information on animal mutilations. Both organizations
replied that they were unaware of any cases of this nature. Despite
this denial, there are frequent reports from veterinary surgeons who
have examined sheep found dead with their organs missing. The animals'
bodies were also completely drained
of blood and, even more puzzling, a small hole had been bored into
the top of their heads.
"...That documentary you did about cattle
mutilations upset some people in Washington. They don't want mutilations
and UFOs connected together..." [ Special Agent Richard Doty,
USAF, to Linda Howe.]
Natural predators, such as bears, leave messy
wounds when eating their kills. Some researchers claim that carcasses
with clean precise wounds are proof of alien involvement.
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