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Commotion Over Aguara Guazu Argentina Sighting

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 15:14:21 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 12:26:13 -0500
Subject: Commotion Over Aguara Guazu Argentina Sighting

Dear Readers,

Those who have been following INEXPLICATA for a few years now
will recall the 2001 events involving the belief in the
supernatural entity "lobizon" that forms part of Argentinean,
Uruguayan and southern Brazilian folklore. In this case, the
unknown creature was positively identified as an Aguara Guazu,
an odd, deer-legged canid. But the "lobizon" belief remains


SOURCE: El Norte-Edicion Digital
DATE: 22 February 2004

ARGENTINA: Commotion in Saenz Pena Over an Aguara Guazu Sighting


"I saw it, I saw it...it was huge. I don't believe in such
things, but others at the "10" service station also saw it. It
was a lobizon," said Francisco, a young man who yesterday
evening was driving along Calle Belgrano in his small Fiat
Spazio when suddenly "a dog the size of a calf crossed my path
and uttered a very ugly cry. I pulled over because I was really
scared," he told a radio station.

The appearance of an animal similar to a large dog in the
downtown area caused a stir in this city and it wasn't long
before word spread - mainly over the phone - that "the Lobizon is
loose in Saenz Pena", according to the countless eyewitness
stories collected by radio stations contacted by frightened
locals, who claim having seen and heard a strange beast they
didn't steatite to associate with the Lobizon. "Call Professor
Lopez and ask for his opinion, because it's the same creature
that appeared in Concepcion del Bermejo," suggested an AM radio

The alleged Lobizon appeared suddenly - who knows how - in the
downtown area. Witnesses claim seeing it around the Club Accion
(15th street, between 16th and 18th) and later along 11th street
heading eastward, zig-zagging in the vicinity of a service

"I was on my motorbike, about to fuel up, when I saw that the
service station employee got scared and ran into the office, but
I had no idea what was going on. Then I stopped the bike and
heard a howl similar to that of a human, something chilling, but
saw nothing until a boy told me that the Lobizon was afoot. I
tried to start the motorbike but it wouldn't turn over...I
almost fainted," said Alejandro Soto to an FM radio station. He
works as a security guard and was heading back to his home in
Barrio Puerta del Sol.

A well-known radio journalist from Barrio Santa Teresita
acknowledged that the howling of local dogs "didn't let me
sleep.Then I went outside and heard growls that gave me goose-
flesh," he said.

Other accounts were also heard: "Why shouldn't we be afraid,
when a huge dog the size of a calf, with big ears and howling
like a human [appears]?" asked Martin Caballero, who was heading
home along 11th street on his bicycle, returning from a friend's

"This was a hairy, long eared critter that ran very fast - I saw
it! It screamed like someone was beheading it," explained Ramon
Arroyo, who had just finished his work shift at that early hour
of the morning.

Jorge Garc=EDa, the director of the city's zoo, confirmed that the
alleged Lobizon was a "poor harmless aguara guazu" that was
captured after a long chase that ended at a garage on 17th
street. The reason for its appearance downtown is a result of
the prolonged drought that afflicts the region, explained Garcia
to LT16 Radio Saenz Pena. Add to this the modification of its
natural habitat, the excessive expansion of the agricultural
area and the permanent modification and fragmentation of natural
environments, "and the animal goes out in search of a more
suitable habitat, disorientedly so, sometimes in a suburban and
urban area finding an excess population of dogs, which frighten
it. With every step it hears more barks, more klaxons and it
begins a frightened race."

This is the second time that an Aguara Guazu appears in the
business district. The first was on 1st and 28th streets. "On
that occasion, it ran onto the premises of a shop and we
captured it without the media ever hearing about it, but don't
forget that in Napenay, when one of these creature got into a
ranch house when Boca was playing the final game of the America
Liberators Cup, national television showed up to film the
alleged Lobizon and all that foolishness," remarked the zoo


Translation (C) 2004 Scott Corrales
Institute of Hispanic Ufology
Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi

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