The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
Friday, May 12, 2005

SOURCE: La Opinión (Rafaela, Santa Fé, Argentina)
DATE: May 11, 2005


With regard to the news made known in yesterday's issue of LA OPINION, involving a dead heifer found in the Colonia Margarita region, reminiscent of the cattle mutilations that claimed hundreds of animals two years ago, a local veterinarian dismissed the event. In his own words, "there is nothing abnormal about these deaths, nor in the incisions that represent a perfect surgery performed with a scalpel."

In yesterday's issue, thanks to information received by LA OPINION from Domingo Abel Bongianino, its correspondent in Ataliva, we reported on the mysterious death of an unweaned heifer in the northeastern section of the Humberto Primo district, known as Colonia Margarita.

The location of the events was also the subject of telephone calls to this newspaper, stating that Colonia Margarita is in fact a community located to the south of the Castellanos department, between the districts of Maria Juana and San Vicente. This was the cause of confusion among some readers, since there is a sector of the northern region of Humberto Primo that shares the same name, Colonia Margarita.

The story made known by LA OPINION reached the whole country yesterday, when the most important news media (radio, press and television) repeated the event in a special way, recalling the events of two years ago when hundreds of animals turned up dead, missing some organs which appeared to have been excised with perfect skill.

All of this caused veterinarian Omar Bossio of the community of Presidente Roca to get in touch with this newspaper to give his own version of the mutilations based on his 20 years of professional experience.

"When those animal deaths occurred two years ago, I toured the fields and they were all that way. And it's what one continues to see every day."

Aside from offering a video to corroborate his statements, the expert added: "what is initially missing from these animals are the fleshiest parts, such as their tongue, jaws, anus and eyes. In other words, predators feeding off the animal can eat up to where the bone starts. At night one can observe this carrion-eating action by foxes and wild dogs, among others."

Upon eating these parts, "the skin contracts and becomes harder. Then it dries out and the circle appears [giving the impression] of having been made with a scalpel. But none of this is real. It is only the behavior of the skin when the flesh is missing," Bossio added.

With regard to the carrion birds in the area, the best known is the carancho. The Roca veterinarian insisted that "such a carrion bird would never eat the eyelids off a dead animal -- it would pull out the eyes completely."

The veterinarian supports his affirmations saying: "I personally perform 300 necropsies a year. In other words, I see these deaths practically every day. Unfortunately, these events become magnified and the only thing that happens is that the guys who live in countryside and have to do farmwork become very fearful."

As stated in yesterday's edition, the witnesses to this last event were eight people, all of them knowledgeable about this rural phenomenon, born and raised in the country. One would therefore suppose that they would be accustomed to such events, yet it struck them as odd. One of them even told LA OPINION that he 'had never seen a similar event in all his life living in the country."

In this regard, Bossio does not contradict these statements, replying that "everyone can speak their peace, but I invite them to tour the fields. Out of 20 dead animals, at least 18 are in the same condition" due to the causes he has already indicated.

The official technical explanations for similar events occurring years ago placed the blame on the "Red-Muzzled Mouse". This prompted the veterinarian to say that yes, "it is true that mice feed off the flesh and the fields are full of these rodents. Surely this species would have appeared when those animal deaths were being filmed."

He repeated his invitation to watch a video he himself had shot "showing these animals being eaten by caranchos. Even the parts being eaten can be seen." Among his recollections is "the dead horse from Vila, which I videotaped and shows nothing noteworthy. Maybe the common people [may be surprised] but to someone with 20 years' experience in the subject, there's nothing paranormal about it."

Regarding the death of the young heifer, a possible cause could be found in "its castration. It is very possible that its death was due to hemorrhaging." To reaffirm his statements, Omar Bossion informed that "only a few days ago, the owner of a field and myself observed a dead animal with the same characteristics that gave rise to the news item, and I joked with my companion that the Chupacabras had been on the prowl. In other words, seeing dead animals that present these mutilations is commonplace."


Translation (c) 2005, Scott Corrales, IHU.
Special thanks to Christian Quintero, Planeta UFO

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