More Strange Creatures Reported in Pampa Acha, Chile

Translation (c) 2004. Scott Corrales

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
August 3, 2004

SOURCE: La Estrella de Arica
DATE: Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Fernando Perea

Image of animal similar to that seen in Pampa Acha

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 members 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 Díaz, 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 mockery.

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 leaps.

Translation (c) 2004.
Scott Corrales,
Institute of Hispanic Ufology.
Special thanks to Liliana Núñez.

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