- Mutilated Animals Found Near Cuchillo C"
- El Diario de la Pampa
- April 13, 2003
- GENERAL ACHA (Agencia) --
Cattlemen from a broad section of the Lihuel Calel department are concerned
by the return of cattle mutilations. In an interview with El Diario, a
young rancher whose property is located on Provincial Route 13, 60 km west
of Cuchillo C", and who requested anonymity, remarked that two mutilated
cows and a calf were found on his property last year, being simlar to the
ones which achieved prominence in this and other provinces in 2002. The
cattleman noted that there also occurred a case involving the mutilation
of a wild boar cub.
- Worried by the situation, he stated: "it seems that
they've taken against me now, because in 15 days they mutilated six calves,
all of them black, plump, weighing between 160 and 220 kg., which were
in an open field. The last one was found last Thursday some 500 meters
from the street and some 4 kilometers from the house, while I was away
in General Acha. The same occurred on Friday with a sheep," he added.
- When consulted about the condition in which the animals
are found, and the type of mutilation presented, he explained that "some
were male and others female, but similar incisions can be found in all
of them -- perfectly [even] and cured, as though cauterized. They were
missing their tongues, jaws, ears, eyes and hide in a strech from the front
(sic) to the start of the chest. The females were missing their udders
and the males their testicles." He later noted that "I turned
one of these over to remove its ribs, but one of them, which was under
the body, was cracked and was "mashed", as though it had experienced
a powerful blow."
- "I removed two ribs for the dogs, which eat it,
but since it was hanging from a hook in the shed, [it emanated] a strong
odor of ammonia and sulfur which became unbearable." He explained
that his remaining animals grazed far from the mutilated one.
- Upon discussing the hypotheses put forth by the local
livestock producers, he stated that "some cattlemen do not believe
that natural deaths are involved, nor mutilations by carrion animals and
much less by the long-muzzled mouse. This is a subject that deserves far
deeper study to put an end to it, as it affects us financially. Scientists
from a foreign power could be involved, performing the mutilations for
analysis. We base this on the fact that some "lights" have been
seen over the area during the night."
- Finally, he recalled that "a rancher from the area
found that cow belonging to another pasture had been deposited on
his property. For this reason we request whoever is responsible to look
into these events and research them thoroughly."
- Translation (C) 2003 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
- Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi.