- By Fernando Perea
- La Estrella de Arica
- An animal very similar to the one shown here has been
reported in the Pampa Acha sector, 20 km from our city. The latest case
involved four of thse creatures and at almost the same time of day.
- A new report involving
the sighting of strange animals in the Pampa Acha sector was made know
in our city yesterday and coincides almost exactly with the one described
on Thursday by the driver of a pickup truck carrying 5 passengers from
Iquique to Arica and which we published in our Sunday edition.
- This case involves the six members of the Abett de la
Torre Diaz family, whole live at Fuerte Baquedano in the community of Pozo
Almonte. All of them were travelling from their home toward Arica two weeks
ago and as they crossed the Pampa Acha sector, less than 20 kilometers
away from the city, near Presencias Tutelares, they were faced with four
creatures they described at first as "dog-faced kangaroos" that
moved slowly through the air.
- The event occurred at approximately 21:00 hours and left
almost all of the family's memebrs traumatized. The family consisted of
Carlos Abett de la Torre, an Army subofficer, his wife Teresa, their three
children and a 3 year-old nephew. "I was traveling in the backseat
with my brothers, talking, and suddenly everything went dark. Then I told
my brother what I was seeing and he told me to keep quiet, because Mom
gets nervous. Later I looked through the window and saw some things that
looked like birds, with dogs' heads and backswept wings. My father said
they were like gargoyles," explained Carmen Abett de la Torre, one
of the couple's daughters.
- Carmen added that she wasn't very sure if the creatures
had wings or elgs, but that they moved them toward the back (sic). The
height of these animals was calculated at some two meters: Two of these
beings flew over the vehicle; minutes later, another two appeared, but
this time leaping in front of the vehicle. "We were speechless for
some 10 minutes and my Mom told us to react, and then we started discussing
what we'd seen," said Carmen.
- Teresa DÌaz, Carmen's mother, was traveling in
the front passenger seat beside her husband and was the one who saw the
entities the clearest. Her impression was that these animals were moving
slowly over the car first, and then in front of it. However [they appeared
to match] the vehicle's speed, which was nearly 100 kilometers per hour.
- The situation caused such nervousness among the whole
family that all they wanted to do was get to Arica to forget the traumatic
incident. Once in the city, they told their relatives what had happened.
"Then we were terrified to go back," Teresa added with regard
to the day they were getting ready to return to their home in Fuerte Baquedano.
- At the time of the strange encounter, the moonlight provided
certain visibility, which in this case, as well as in the earlier one made
known last week, enabled the event to be clearly seen. Furthermore, the
animals did not go any farther than 20 emters from the car in which the
Abett de la Torre family was driving. All of the family's members agreed
about what they had seen. They are startled and nervous as a result of
their sighting. None of them went public earlier for fear of ridicule and
- Teresa Diaz's husband is a subofficer with the "Cazadores"
regiment of Iquique and according to his wife, he had never seen anything
similar after 25 years of driving along the same highway in this region.
- Carabineros of the Cuya barracks stated that until now
no one has approached them to report a similar event. However, they had
heard of strange creatures being witnessed in the Pampa Acha sector from
third parties. In any event, they added that they constantly patrol the
road and near the sector where the incident occurred. Nothing unusual has
been found up to now.
- There are now two eyewitness accounts of these strange
animals in the same sector and almost at the same time. This is reminiscent
of what occurred last year in Chaca, where a hundred birds were found dead
from exsanguination. At the time, one witness claimed having seen an animal
attacking the birds, and according to his description, the assailant was
similar to the ones reported by both families in recent weeks: in other
words, a sort of bird or kangaroo standing two meters tall, with lower
extremities shorter than its upper ones and which moved by taking prodigious
- Translation (c) 2004. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
Ufology. Special thanks to Liliana NÒez.