Further Naysaying in Mystery Creature Case
Translation (C) 2002. Scott Corrales
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SOURCE: Las Ultimas Noticias (Chile)
DATE: October 27, 2002
"ALIEN" TURNED OUT TO BE A CHILEAN ANIMAL
** It is the "monito de monte", a wholly native marsupial **
by Fabian Llanca
The explanation of the enigma on the creature's origin satisfied the UFO community.
An academician unveiled the mystery of the alleged alien that fell in the 8th Region.
The strange creature, found by a minor in Concepcion, did not belong to any alien civilization, or from outer space, but rather to a very terrestrial creole marsupial species common to the southern latitudes. This would be the "monito de monte" -- or Chimaihuén -- which has a mouselike appearance, lives in dense enclosed forests and has nocturnal habits.
Up to yesterday, the being -- measuring 7 cm long, with a large skull, two long arms, clawed fingers and two legs, met all of the characteristics to be classified as an enigmatic ET, for which reason its finder, Armando Henriquez, needed a swift and solid explanation.
The explanation was delivered by Arturo Mann, a veterinarian and professor of the University of Santo Tomas, who auscultated the unknown organism. "I daresay that by its size, shape and mandibles it could be this marsupial, which is hard to find in Chile. It's silent, emits no odors, and is cryptic," he explained.
Our fauna has three types of such animal: one of them is the Yaca, which occupies the central zone and lives in spiny bushes. Further south we find the aformentioned "monito de monte" and the Comadreja Trompuda (long-muzzled weasel) which exist in enclosed environments where quila and southern bamboo can be found, and they feed by night on worms and insects.
"We do not have the good fortune of [being] Australia, which has marsupials such as kangaroos. Our marsupials are more mouse- like. People aren't aware of them and traps must be set in order to catch them. They are not very common and it a live specimen is found, the average person would think it's a mouse," Mann explained.
Specifically, the specimen in the hands of the Henriquez Carreño family is not a foetus. It is probably a newborn or stunted [specimen], or even an adult one, although certainty will be obtained through X-rays. "I was startled by the fact that it had long claws, meaning that this was a young animal close to its mother, as [the claws] were not yet worn. These "monitos" (monkeys) receive the designation because they wander around the branches," added Arturo Mann.
OVNIVISION--a ufological agency responsible for researching sightings and analyzing such events--is satisfied with the explanation and have closed the case on the enigma. "In spite of the hulaballoo, because the being is truly strange, the trail always leads to science, in the end. That is the idea." said Cristian Riffo, the group's representative.
Regarding the veterinary conclusions, Riffo acknowledged that "it is sometimes complicated to approach scientists. Mann knows me and is interested in subjects which can be solved."
Translation (C) 2002. Scott Corrales
Institute of Hispanic Ufology
Special thanks to Liliana Nunez O.
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