Japanese Startled By Parque Forestal 'Alien'

Translation (c) 2004 Scott Corrales

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
June 8, 2004

SOURCE: Las Ultimas Noticias (Chile)
DATE: June 8, 2004

Chile: Japanese Startled By Parque Forestal Photo
**Encounter site to be visited by ufologists on Friday**

The first phone call that Erick Martinez of CIFAE received yesterday came from the other side of the world. It was a journalist from a Japanese newspaper who wanted more details about the alleged Parque Forestal "alien".

"Japan's most important newspaper (Asahi Shimbun) published the photo," explained Martinez. "The fact of the matter is that they have had a legend for thousands of years about a creature called the kappa. According to them, the figure in the photo resembles the legendary creature."

Kappas are the river-god's messenger. They are as small as a primate, with scaly greenish or yellow skin, and they drag humans to the river bottom to drown them.

The CIFAE director said that "the journalist was translating for the people over there, and when I told him that Parque Forestal was only a few meters away from the Mapocho River, they went wild. If I understood correctly, he was telling me that they still get reports."

Parque Forestal shall be analyzed closely this Friday, since Erick Martinez says that they recieved a video recording of strange lights in the same location where the "alien" was photographed.

"I truly cannot say what it is, but we have a strange photograph, we have a strange video from the same place...what can I tell you? This tells me something is going on."

"Could this be an urban version of the Chupacabras?" inquired journalist Juan Carlos Valdivia, who accidentally recorded a couple of UFOs in Cairo a few years ago. The video by Valdivia was selected by Martinez as the most hard-hitting video he's seen in his ufological career, because it was taken by "a well- known person who is not going to go around hoaxing UFOs."

The host of the Sabado por la Noche program said: "when I saw the [Parque Forestal] photo, I laughed and then I had a nervous reaction, like when people laugh as they shudder. Now I'm upset that so much coverage is being given to it, since one believes that it could be an element to distract people from real problems.

In any event, Valdivia took it all in good humor. "It's just as fun. If Scotland can have its Loch Ness monster, having aliens wandering through downtown Santiago can be tremendously attractive," he joked.

Translation (c) 2004 Scott Corrales, IHU
Special thanks to Liliana Nunez O.

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