- NIDS has just posted three cases of unusual calf mutilations
on the What's New section of the web site at: www.nidsci.org. The timeline
for Case #1 is given below.
- March 10, 1997 - 10:00 AM: Two ranchers on a remote pasture
in NE Utah began the daily tagging of calves born the night before. The
weather was bright and sunny, temperatures in the 50s. The ranchers estimated
they tagged and weighed the 87-pound animal about 100 yards from the fence
line. There was a ring of snow surrounding the pasture where they tagged
- After tagging the animal, they walked about 300 yards
west to another newborn animal and went through the process of weighing
and tagging that animal. The two were accompanied by their blue heeler
dog. About 10:45 AM, the heeler began to growl and act strangely with a
focus on the area they had just left.
- March 10 -10:45 AM: The blue heeler began snarling in
earnest and arching his back. Without warning, the animal ran west across
the fields, away from the direction he had been looking. The heeler was
never seen again.
- March 10 - 10:50 AM: The rancher and his wife, looking
back, then noticed a grown cow running frantically back and forth towards
the fence line while dragging her leg. Both then walked back to investigate.
The rancher reported seeing the recently tagged newborn calf lying eviscerated
in the field (see photos), close to where it had been tagged about 45 minutes
previously. In a 45-minute period in daylight, 100 yards from any cover,
with the rancher about 300 yards away, the calf had most of its body weight
removed, including entrails, and appeared to have been placed carefully
on the ground with no blood present on or near the animal.
- March 10 - 4:00 PM: In one of the most rapid turn-around
times in NIDSí investigative history, two NIDS scientific investigators
and a veterinarian were standing over the dead calf only a few hours after
receiving the call from the rancher...
- The full 16-page report with photographs can now be downloaded
from the NIDS web site.
- Also recently added to the What's New section of the
NIDS web site is an essay by Dr. Eric Davis on the Incommensurability Problem