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Rats blamed for mysterious cattle mutilations
South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | Posted July 1 2002, 5:04 PM EDT | Reuters

Posted on 07/01/2002 7:10:07 PM PDT by vannrox

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:50:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Recent mutilations of cattle and horses in the Argentine countryside were the work of rodents, scientists said on Monday, not ritualistic slayings by extraterrestrials or vampires as some farmers feared.

Argentina's national food and animal health inspection service Senasa sent its own ``X-Files'' scientists to the remote plains to look into the deaths of farm animals found mutilated and drained of blood.

Frightened farmers claimed to have seen bright lights and UFOs in the area where the deaths occurred.


(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cattle; farmer; food; hunger; mutilation; mysterious; rats; science; strange; unusual
Hum.
1 posted on 07/01/2002 7:10:08 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
I opened this wondering what the DemonRats were up to this time.
2 posted on 07/01/2002 7:11:50 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta
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To: vannrox
Rodents. Right. Yes. Move along now. Nothing to see here.
3 posted on 07/01/2002 7:11:59 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: vannrox
"What about the Rodents of Unusual Size?"

"ROUS's? I don't think that they exist..."

4 posted on 07/01/2002 7:13:07 PM PDT by patton
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To: vannrox
These stories are really weird. And they're not new. I think the aliens, if they do exist, appear around times of high international tension for some reason. 1989 was another peak time.
7 posted on 07/01/2002 7:16:20 PM PDT by Dec31,1999
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To: vannrox

8 posted on 07/01/2002 7:16:29 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: vannrox
All this stuff usually happens in just a few hours.

Dang, those must be some fast rats.
9 posted on 07/01/2002 7:17:55 PM PDT by JustSayNoNWO
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To: vannrox
Rats blamed for mysterious cattle mutilations

Yeah,HUGE UGLY ALIEN RATS,from the rodentsia galaxy.

I gotta get ahold of Art Bell,I'll be back;)

10 posted on 07/01/2002 7:18:30 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: vannrox
...deaths of farm animals found mutilated and drained of blood.

Right: Rats drained the blood of cows and horses.

Must have been a really big rat.

They might have as well said giant leeches.

11 posted on 07/01/2002 7:18:52 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: hole_n_one
I'd almost forgotten about that. That was hilarious at the time. :^)
12 posted on 07/01/2002 7:20:30 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: patton
"ROUS's? I don't think that they exist..."

What about...


13 posted on 07/01/2002 7:26:12 PM PDT by TC Rider
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To: vannrox
I have a problem with this phrase:

"removed with surgical precision were victims of rodents, foxes or other animals."

So we really don't know what specific animal did this, or how they did it, but we'll make a WAG at it...

14 posted on 07/01/2002 7:26:37 PM PDT by Not_Who_U_Think
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To: TC Rider
These guys found out about the ROUS back in the sixties.


15 posted on 07/01/2002 7:30:18 PM PDT by LibKill
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To: JZoback
Giant leeches

Could be the work of the chicken-beak lamprey, normally found only in the deepest [undiscovered] trench of the Pacific, but transported inland by a freak storm. Rain of fish from the sky!

16 posted on 07/01/2002 7:32:57 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: hole_n_one; JZoback; #3Fan; mdittmar
These stories of Cattle mutilations have been around for a long time, and they are very mysterious. Rodents don't just gang-up and surgically remove certain organs. It's just very weird.
17 posted on 07/01/2002 7:33:40 PM PDT by Dec31,1999
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To: vannrox
Argentina is loaded with people involved in the occult. Animals and their body parts are greatly valued in casting spells, curses and used in ceremonies. Rats my a**!!
18 posted on 07/01/2002 7:35:20 PM PDT by tippytoes
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To: vannrox
Those must be some big rats!
19 posted on 07/01/2002 7:35:24 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: vannrox
Art Bell, call your office.
20 posted on 07/01/2002 7:35:30 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: vannrox


chupavaca perhaps?
21 posted on 07/01/2002 7:36:29 PM PDT by goodieD
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To: vannrox
I don't know about anyone else - I mean I'm a sound sleeper and all - but I think I'd notice a rat gnawing off my genitals and try to make a hasty retreat. Aren't animals suppose to be a little more alert than humans?? Figure they might notice???
22 posted on 07/01/2002 7:38:19 PM PDT by xNavspook
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To: vannrox
I always knew Hillary was El Chupacabra.
23 posted on 07/01/2002 7:43:36 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: vannrox
Any idiot knows that Rats are the culprits.

(Giant cattle killer rats in UFOs with bright lights and weed burners. They also carry hemoglobin extraction kits at all times. They are well trained so they can accomplish their work while the farmer looks away for 30 minutes.)

The answer is simple - use warfarin for a cattle dip....

24 posted on 07/01/2002 7:44:50 PM PDT by mfulstone
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To: Dec31,1999
Cows die,predators eat the yummy parts,its been around for a long time:)
25 posted on 07/01/2002 7:45:18 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: HairOfTheDog
I thought most Rats preferred sheep.
26 posted on 07/01/2002 7:58:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: vannrox
rats eh? check this out.

foi fbi cattle mutilation files

27 posted on 07/01/2002 8:00:27 PM PDT by galt-jw
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To: Dec31,1999
These stories of Cattle mutilations have been around for a long time, and they are very mysterious. Rodents don't just gang-up and surgically remove certain organs. It's just very weird.

Yes, the scientific community has gotten so blind and so status quo that it's it's unable to advance our knowledge of our physical surroundings. I'm beginning to think we knew more 50 years ago than we do now. It's cronyism.

28 posted on 07/01/2002 8:50:55 PM PDT by #3Fan
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(Extending my thought)

When they try to cover up newfound evidence that may conflict with a theory that got named after it's "discoverer", the cover-up has to extend to almost all branches of science and knowledge screwing up everything.

29 posted on 07/01/2002 8:54:59 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: vannrox
This is the same old dismissive story that has been recited and repeated in every livestock mutilation since the tragic death of the horse Snippy in Colorado some 35 years ago.

Livestock do occasionally die; scavengers certainly will try to do their job on the remains. That has been true for millennia.

Not one of these cases is likely to be explainable by this, much less all of them.

The owners are experienced ranchers and stockmen; they are familiar with carcasses, predators, and scavengers. The parts chosen, and the "surgical precision" that is always mentioned, leaves us right back with LGM! Many have been found where mud, dust, snow etc would require any animal or human perps to leave prints.

It is not so much the condition of the carcass, as the original mysterious CAUSE of the death, coupled with said SURGICAL PRECISION DECONSTRUCTION of the carcass--that puts a case into this category. In many/most of the cases, one of the mysteries IS precisely, why predators and scavengers have STEERED CLEAR of the remains for what is often quite some days, till found...

I stand on due alert for tinfoil charges and flames.

30 posted on 07/01/2002 9:07:04 PM PDT by crystalk
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To: vannrox
Recent mutilations of cattle and horses in the Argentine countryside were the work of rodents, scientists said on Monday, not ritualistic slayings by extraterrestrials or vampires as some farmers feared.

Oooooooooh. It's only ritualistic slayings by rodents.

I feel much safer knowing that.

31 posted on 07/01/2002 9:17:28 PM PDT by irv
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--exactly--twenty some years ago , a sheriff in Georgia, tired of getting called to every dead cow in the county, made a time lapse movie of a a slaughtered animal for about three days--the results convinced everyone who saw it that these "mutilations" are the work of bugs, birds amd small animals. The "blood drained" etc., is newspaper hype--
32 posted on 07/01/2002 9:53:00 PM PDT by rellimpank
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..but Senasa officials said the dozens of livestock whose genitals, tongues and other organs appeared to have been removed with surgical precision were victims of rodents, foxes or other animals...

Yep.

We've had the same problem with attacks by foxes on dairy cattle here, particularly in the state of Victoria. Hopefully the $10-per-fox bounty plan, which commenced yesterday, will be of help.

33 posted on 07/02/2002 12:58:26 AM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie
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Hopefully the $10-per-fox bounty plan, which commenced yesterday, will be of help.

Why do I have a picture in my head of gentlemen in hopelessly gay clothes astride horses with a Jack Russell Terrier seated up front, all being led about by 8 large hound dogs, and all tooting away on their hopelessly gay horns?

Sounds like fun.

34 posted on 07/02/2002 6:20:55 AM PDT by Palmetto
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