From: Stig Agermose <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 06:03:56 +0200 Fwd Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 10:17:30 -0400 Subject: Mutilated Bovines Baffle Argentines Source: United Press International, http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=3D24062002-063238-9584r Stig *** Mutilated bovines baffle Arg. Authorities By Leandro Prada ** >From the International Desk Published 6/24/2002 7:11 PM * BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, June 24 (UPI) -- Looks like Argentina has a job for Mulder and Scully. Theories ranging from UFO's to a mythical beast that's half kangaroo, half bat, are being tossed around bbArgentina following the discovery of some 200 mutilated cows in recent weeks. Argentine authorities have dispatched a special investigative unit to the central provinces of La Pampa and Buenos Aires to investigate the bizarre killings that left the 200 head of cattle, one horse and handful of sheep slain with surgical accuracy. According to witnesses, mostly local farmers, the mutilated cattle were found lying dead in pastures with only some parts missing such as the animals' eyes, nose, larynx, rectum and select internal organs. Some witnesses maintain that the animals were found without a trace of blood around them. Authorities investigating the incidents, however, say they found some blood near the scene of the slayings. While the country's National Health Service for the Quality of Agrarian Food has yet to come up with an answer, many Argentines have their own theories as to why the animals were slaughtered in such an odd fashion. A steady stream of images of slaughtered cattle on Argentine television and in both tabloid and mainstream newspapers has led to theories ranging from alien phenomena to a government conspiracy. Some Argentines believe the animals were slaughtered by extra- terrestrials or those entranced by a passing UFO. Others say the slayings were the handiwork of the "Chupacabras," a mythological beast that's half bat and half kangaroo with razor- like claws capable of dissecting the cows with pinpoint precision. Still others think the whole bovine mystery is an attempt by the government to distract Argentines from the country's ongoing economic collapse. "I'll tell you what is going on, they want to keep us busy," said one Buenos Aires resident. This isn't the first time that the slaughtered cow phenomenon has stumped area authorities. Reports of cattle mutilations have popped up for decades along the Argentine-Brazilian border and throughout Central America. Similar occurrences have also been reported in the United States. ** Copyright =A9 2002 United Press International. All rights reserved.
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