ALIEN SPOTTED NEAR MEXICAN POWER STATION
Night watchmen at a power station in Altamira, a town in Mexico's state of Tamaulipas, claim to have captured the image of an alien on videotape. The image was captured by the plant's security cameras.
According to the Mexican newspaper Hoy Extramex, "Widespread panic has been unleashed in Altamira after a strange creature was videotaped in the section containing the energy-producting turbines of that city's thermoelectric plant, spreading once more the theory that there is an extraterrestrial base in the area, presumably with designs on invading the territory."
Altamira has two large thermoelectric plants, which have been designated Altamira 3 and Altamira 4 by Mexico's Federal Electric Commission.
"According to Arturo Calcaneo, this newspaper also published a report provided by fishermen who claimed having cast their nets in the open sea and saw, to their astonishment, how they did not sink and remained floating on the water's surface."
Elsewhere in Mexico, "a strange unidentified flying object flew over the eastern part of" Ramos Arizpe in Coahuila state, "was recorded by the urban cameras of the Municipal Public Security's O-60 security system."
"The 27-minute-long video was shown yesterday to the media by Homero Duran Flores, head of the municipal agency."
The UFO resembles "a round object with a grey- colored ring and a black circle in the middle, roating, and was recorded at different times as it approached and withdrew."
"Duran Flores said that the video, recorded between 3:07 and 3:34 a.m." on Monday, October 3, 2005, "is at the disposal of experts in the subject, since it is 'without doubt an important document, taking into consideration the clarity and sharpness of the images.'"
"Mayra Gallegos Muniz, a radio operator of the O-60 system, who was on duty when the call came in, said that upon looking out her office window, the unidentified flying object 'appeared very large, four or five times the size of a star.'" (See the Mexican newspapers Hoy Extramex for October 5, 2005, "Extraterrestrials invade Altamira," and Vanguardia for October 5, 2005, "Security cameras record UFO over Coahuila." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Dr. Ana Luisa Cid Fernandez y Jesus Jimenez pos esos articulos de diario.)
UFO DAZZLES THOUSANDS IN THE PHILIPPINES
"Thousands of residents in the towns of Milang, Midsayap, Pikit, Alamada and Kidapawan City craned their necks Monday night," October 3, 2005, "to witness what many believe was an unidentified flying object (UFO)."
The sightings took place on Mindanao, the large southern island of the Philippines.
"Vice Mayor Joselito Pinol of Milang personally saw the flying object while on his way home from his farm in Barangay Dugong."
"Pinol told radio stations DXND and DXMS that the object flew over Milang for at least 45 minutes."
"The vice mayor described the flying object as a vertical line, almost one meter (3 feet, 3 inches) long, looking like the windshield wiper on a four-wheel-drive vehicle."
"'I thought this was only seen in our town,' Pinol said, 'But I was amazed when my friends in other towns of the province called me and told me that the object had been seen in Kidapawan, as well.'" (See the Filipino newspaper Minda News for October 4, 2005, "What was that unidentified flying object seen in NorthCot?" Many thanks to Roy Lopez for this newspaper article.).
UFO FLAP BREAKS OUT IN PERU
A major UFO flap broke out in Peru last week, with sightings near Chosica.
"Residents of the Puente Piedra and Ventanilla districts were witnesses to an unusual event: two unidentified flying objects were reported in both areas."
"The objects appeared in the night sky over one of the many settlements along the Rio Chillon between Puente Piedra and Ventanilla on Friday," September 10, 2005, "at 10 p.m."
Witnesses described the UFOs as "two powerful lights that could not be mistaken with airplanes, helicopters or aerostats (balloons-J.T.). They ascended with such swiftness towards the town that they absorbed energy from several light posts, causing them to go out."
"'Those were UFOs and they caused the blackout and interference with artifacts,' said Mario Zegarra."
"They tend to appear when disasters approach,' Zegarra added, 'They are warning us of these tragedies.'"
(Editor's Note: This was about a month before the catastrophic earthquake in Kashmir, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. It was the worst earthquake in the Himalayan region in more than a century.)
"'They were two oval-shaped objects. They flashed, but at a given moment, we were able to see them clearly, and they were definitely neither airplanes nor anything remotely similar. We saw them in the sky,' said Isabel Tafur, a resident of Puente Piedra."
"Sra. Tafur's testimony was corrobrated by the custodians at Public School No. 2081, who specified the time of the sighting as 10 p.m."
UFOs were also seen in the town of San Juan de Lurigancho, near Chosica and Lima, the capital of Peru.
"Residents of the Avenida Weisse in San Juan de Lurigancho have also seen UFOs in recent days. These witnesses indicated that the saucers remained motionless in the sky for several minutes before taking off toward Chosica." (See the Peruvian newspapers Panamericana Noticias for October 4 and 5, 2005, "Residents of Puente Piedra and Ventanilla see UFOs" and "We saw them in the sky!" Also, El Comercio for October 6, 2005. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Monica Gaetano de Silva por estos articulos de diario.)
WOMAN SPOTS SEVEN ORANGE UFOs OVER THE NORTH SEA
On Sunday, September 18, 2005, Marcela Krystkova reported, "I was flying from Prague," the capital of the Czech Republic, "to Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). The sky got cloudy somewhere over the Netherlands. Over the (English) Channel, the clouds were a bit torn. I felt sleepy as I had to get up at 4 a.m. and didn't get to sleep too well at night. And just seeing clouds became boring after a while. Also, my seat was at the window but near the wing, so the wing and the engine took a lot of my view. If I wanted to see something, I had to lean forward and look out the farther window."
"Then, around 1 p.m., I looked out again and saw we were still over the (North) sea. There was a gap between clouds so I could see the sea. Down, deep under me, I could see some round orange things. They looked like round rubber lifeboats on the sea. There were seven of them. They seemed to be floating on the surface. I noticed that they created a perfect boomerang-shaped formation."
"That attracted my attention. They were moving quite fast for something that big on the sea. I could swear that at the beginning they were a bit scattered but now they were very much giving the impression of a single body. That's how perfect the formation was. Was it military training? I tried to have a better look to identify what it was, but suddenly there were two white clouds bursting out of two of the circles like an explosion, and all the formation, like one body, moved forward with great acceleration, leaving just two white double lines (contrails?-J.T.) The lines were short, just about double the size of the triangle."
"At high speed, all the formation disappeared under the cloud, and I had the feeling that it wanted to hide, not to be seen. I hoped that it would come out the other side of that large cloud before (her jetliner's) engine and wing covered my view, but it didn't."
"After the cloud, I saw a ship, looked big, at least a ferry, maybe bigger. And still the length of the ship would make only about two-thirds of the side of the boomerang. And the circles were slightly bigger in diameter than the width of the ship. So the object must have been huge."
"Soon after, we approached the east coast of Britain, and, at 1:40 p.m., we were landing at Edinburgh airport." (Email Form Report)
TRIO SIGHTS A UFO IN MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO
On Sunday, October 2, 2005, at 8:10 p.m., eyewitness Paul S. reported, "Me and my two roommates were out on the porch" of their home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (population 544,832), "when one of them noticed two very bight stars in the eastern sky where the city lights are bright. They were distanced apart approximately like two stars on the Big Dipper (constellation Ursa Major-J.T.)."
"As we were trying to make sense of why these stars caught our attention, they started to fade exactly in sync and disappeared completely in about six seconds. To the lower left remained a dim star or planet that was of the solar system, as it did not appear out of the ordinary."
"Throughout the next few hours, we would check to see if the two bright stars had returned. The flickering red one seemed to move up to the south slowly as the night progressed. We doubt it was airplanes because they did not move, and why would they fade in sync? (Email Form Report)
THREE RED UFOs SIGHTED OVER VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA
On Wednesday, October 5, 2005, at 8 p.m., eyewitness Ronald J. reported, "My friend and I were driving past the tree farm" in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada (population 31,817) "when we both said at the same time, 'Look at those weird lights!'"
"Directly ahead, around 20 meters (66 feet) down the road, there were three very bright red lights. The first thing I thought of was car tail-lights, but they were too high above the ground, as my friend pointed out."
"We observed them for about 15 seconds, when they passed around a slight bend in the road to our left, the lights did not change direction, as fading tail-lights would, they seemed to pass around the bend. At the bend, the road drops, but the lights did not descend but remained at the same height."
"I sped up slightly to see what kind of car this was (and) rounded the bend, and there were no vehicles at all."
"The road is straight, with no turn-offs, and you are able to see vehicles for almost a few kilometers at that point. There was just nowhere for it to have gone that quickly. We were only a couple of seconds behind those lights. Both my friend and I became frightened at this point because of the reality of the situation."
"There was just nowhere the vehicle could have gone- steep shoulder, fenced, on the left and steep drop on the right, with fields all around. There were just no more lights."
The UFOs "moved around the slight bend in the road to the left, but it was strange because it did not rotate as car lights would. It just stayed as three lights side by side."
"I continued on to my friend's home, turning at the bottom of the road right into Okangan Landing. We didn't see anything else after this." (Email Form Report)
TWO CRAZY CROCS CAPTURED IN QUEENS, NYC
Two youthful out-of-place alligators were captured Friday, October 7, 2005 in Queens, the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City.
"A Queens mechanic got the shock of his life when he discovered alligators in the back seat of an abandoned car in his shop."
"The youthful pair were seized by the city yesterday and will soon find a more reptile-friendly home in an animal sanctuary."
"Nicknamed Left and Right, the feisty young things had been languishing in a glass tank shoved into the back seat of a dilapidated car."
"The vehicle had been towed to the Corona garage, said Mike Pastore, manager of field operations with (New York City's) Animal Car and Control."
"They 'looked pretty good,' Pastore said. The mechanic 'gave them some small fish and steak pieces.'"
"And they're frisky in their own reptilian way."
"'They're not as adoring as puppies; they don't like to be hugged,' Pastore said, 'It's more like a little hissing and snapping of their tails.'"
"The city normally confiscates one alligator a year, he said-often after someone's idea of an interesting pet gets big enough to climb out of the bathtub."
"But so far this year, officials have confiscated three of the scaly creatures. And last year (2004) broke recent records with six reptile seizures."
(Editor's Note: In Forteana, this phenomenon of out-of- place alligators being found in locations far from their native habitat is called the crazy crocs or the crazy croc syndrome. For more crazy croc stories, see recent issues of UFO Roundup.)
"People mail-order the creatures from Florida or buy them for about $100 at trade shows in Pennsylvania, where anti-alligator laws aren't as stringent as in New York (state),"
"People sometimes like reptiles as pets because they're exotic-looking, 'something you can show off,' Pastore said."
"But alligators make dumb pets, he said, comparing them to monkeys in a studio apartment or tigers in tenements."
"'They can be aggressive and endanger the public,' he said, 'When they're big, there's no question they can kill a small child or a person. Certainly they can take out a hand or an arm if they're in a tank.'"
"New Yorkers simply can't provide the right habitat for them, such as a large swimming pool, he said."
"They could also eat a baby, he added."
"'If they're hungry, they're going to strike a warm source, similar to a snake,' Pastore said, 'Think about it: When they get to be 10 feet, that's pretty big.'"
"The reptiles will spend the evening in a city animal shelter before traveling to a sanctuary, probably in Pennsylvania." (See the New York Post for October 8, 2005, "Mechanic rescues reptilian refugees," page 7.)
(Editor's Comment: Stay tuned, readers. The Crazy Croc Flap of 2005 is still going strong. Here's a report from UK.)
CRAZY CROC SPOTTED IN CORNWALL, UK
"A crocodile which was spotted in a village pond in Cornwall is probably an unwanted pet, according to an expert."
"Stacey Clayton spotted the two-foot (61-centimeter) caiman on Saturday," October 1, 2005, "at St. Andrew's Pond in St. Blazey," Cornwall, UK.
"The animal has not been found, but the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) believes it could be hiding in nearby marshland and has warned local people to be careful in the area."
"A reptile expert from Newquay Zoo believes the caiman could be an unwanted pet which has been dumped." Caimans are native to Central and South America.
"'It's certainly not going to attack or chase a human being, but, if you tried to get hold of it, it could bite you,' said John Meek of Newquay Zoo."
"Ms. Clayton said: 'I noticed this big log bopping up and down in the water, but, as I got closer to it, it blinked, and I could see its eyes.'"
"'I wasn't sure if it was alive or not, so I threw a small stone near it and, as it moved, I could see that it was a caiman-about two feet long-so I dashed home and called the RSPCA.'"
"John Meek, a reptile expert from Newquay Zoo, told BBC News the recent fine weather could be in the crocodile's favor."
"He said: 'It would possibly still be alive on a lovely hot sunny day like today, but with the cold evenings coming in, it's not going to last very long.'"
"Caimans can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) long, but Mr. Meek said a small caiman should not pose much of a threat." (See BBC News for October 5, 2005, "Snapper warning issued to village." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this report.)
MEN FINED FOR KIDNAPPING GHOST
"A village council in eastern India has fined two brothers for keeping a pet ghost."
"Iswar and Haripada Murmu , of Akshaypur, West Bengal, India, were accused of owning a ghost after one of their wives died."
"An exorcist summoned by villagers claimed the brothers' pet ghost was 'responsible for a recent outbreak of disease in the locality."
"Village elders said they were bringing evil to the village and fined them" about $725 in U.S. dollars. The Murmu brothers reportedly had to mortgage their agricultural land to raise the money to pay the fine."
"They now risk losing everything unless they can pay back the money within two months."
"District magistrate Mukul Sarkar said: 'I will immediately inquire into the matter, and, if there is any truth to it, the district administration will take the necessary action." (See the Indian newspaper Deccan Chronicle for October 4, 2005. Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)
SOLAR SYSTEM'S NEWEST MOON IS NAMED FOR TV HEROINE
"A moon circles the '10th Planet' recently discovered beyond Pluto, astronomers report."
Located "about 9 billion miles from the sun, the moon (dubbed 'Gabrielle') circles the planet (called 'Xena' or UB313) once every few weeks, says Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology, who announced the planet's discovery in July 2005."
"Xena is larger than Pluto, and its discovery has triggered discussion among astronomers about rethinking how planets are defined."
"The moon could be the product of a collision between objects in the comet belt (Kuiper Belt-J.T.) near Pluto, and scientists say such crashes were once surprisingly common."
"The names Xena and Gabrielle are taken from the fictional TV series Xena: Warrior Princess." (See USA Today for October 4, 2005, "'Planet' beyond Pluto has a moon," page 7D.)
(Editor's Note: Xena's arch-enemy, Callisto, long ago gave her name to a moon of Jupiter.)
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
On Thursday, October 6, 2005, I completed my trek east across the USA from Duluth, Minnesota to southeastern Massachusetts. That's why there was no UFO Roundup on October 5, 2005. However, with a lot of help from our correspondents and friends here in New England, I was able to make deadline this week. So, many, many thanks to Robert Fischer, Mary Lou Jones-Drown, Scott Corrales, Monica Gaetano de Silva, Roy Lopez, Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda and others for compiling all those paranormal reports and making them immediately available to me.
Hopefully, we will have no more interruptions in service, at least for the remainder of this year. Along the way, I picked up a couple of feature stories which I will make available in a couple of weeks. Our weekly feature story, "From the UFO Files...," will return in short order. I still have a lot of unpacking to do. Have a great week!
And we'll be back next time with more UFO, Fortean and paranormal reports from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home, UFO Roundup." See you next week!
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