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    BlankUFO ROUNDUP Volume 6, Number 5 February 1, 2001 Editor: Joseph Trainor NEW WEIRD CREATURE SIGHTED IN CALAMA A new weird creature was sighted in a rural
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      Volume 6, Number 5

      February 1, 2001

      Editor: Joseph Trainor



      A new weird creature was sighted in a rural district of Cala, a city in

      northern Chile that has been the scene of many Chupacabra sightings during

      the past year.

      Residents claimed that the new creature killed several dogs in the

      barrios of La Banda and Villa San Rafael.

      "The residents remain fearful of a creature they have described as

      'unknown' but left behind clear evidence of its passing."

      "First the people heard 'aircraft noises' passing overhead; then they

      saw 'the appearance of a strange creature measuring 50 centimeters (20

      inches) on height, humped and leaden (gray) in color. While looking for

      traces of the animal, they have found several balls of strange hair, which

      have been collected for subsequent analysis. Footprints of the creature were

      found on the ground'" in Villa San Rafael.

      "They have also heard screams coming from dogs 'as if they were being

      killed because they (the screams) are truly terrifying.'"

      ""They further stated that the predator generates some type of energy

      that affects human beings and must coincide with the energy it needs to


      In La Banda, "other residents did not conceal their suspicions regarding

      the large number of dead dogs turning up at that location."

      ""The other day (Wednesday, January 24, 2--1) they found two dogs slain

      at night (and their carcasses--S.C.) had disappeared by morning. 'I was

      surprised to find traces of the animals' having been dragged since there

      were hairs found on the ground,'" one resident said.

      (Editor's Note: This new mysterious predator does not have a name yet, so let

      me suggest one--Mataperro, which is Spanish for dog killer.)

      Not to be outdone, the Chupacabras continued their year-long rampage in

      the Calama region.

      "In recent days, the name of the 'mythic Chupacabras' has been heard

      more and more. Dozens of paranormal researchers have bought plane tickets to

      the 'Land of Sun and Copper" (Calama--J.T.) to verify on-site the appearance

      of strange creatures. and the prints left behind on a small farm in La

      Banda de Calama."

      "Residents of La Banda state that the strange noises have been heard in

      recent nights, A woman who declined to be identified revealed that 'Last

      night (Thursday, January 25, 2001) my children were playing in the paddock

      and they suddenly came running back home, frightened after having heard

      strange footsteps coming from inside the yard. They asked me to please

      believe them when they said that something was moving around the place, and

      refused to go outdoors again.'"

      "She said that people often visit the community offering money in

      exchange for the silence of those residents who have been affected by the


      Hair samples were found at the site where the creatures had attacked,

      leaving local residents in the grip of fear.. They have formed a group and

      all of them, in one way or another, have had contact with either the

      Chupacabras or with unidentified flying objects."

      "Sanra, one of the leaders of the group, which includes ten residents of

      Calama, claims having seen the Chupacabra near the Top Star Bridge 'around

      midnight or slightly later, but it's hairy and can stand on two legs when it

      wants to. It goes out alone often, and there could be more than one of them

      out there.'"

      "Furthermore, the rest of her friends have not only seen the Chupacabra,

      but also UFOs in the vicinity of the local airport."

      "'Specifically, four (UFOs) flying in formation, and we know they

      weren't airplanes because of the speed at which they were seen to fly,'" she


      Calama ufologist Jaime Ferrer has been collecting Chupacabra and

      Mataperro hair samples and taking plaster casts of the strange footprints.

      His investigation is continuing. (See La Estrella del Loa for January 26,

      2001, "Mysterious animal leaves prints in La Banda," and La Estrella del Norte

      for January 27, 2001, "New Chupacabra evidence found." Muchas gracias a

      Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y

      Forbidden Mexico y tambien Floria Coluchi para esos articulos de diario.)



      "A loud bang that rattled windows shortly after midnight sent some

      residents from far east Houston out into the streets looking for a cause

      that has not yet been found."

      "Emergency crews that responded to calls from the neighborhood around

      the 10200 block of Gloria Drive were unable to find either a cause for the

      blast or any damage, although residents said the windows rattled and the

      houses shook."

      "Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the cause probably was

      a 'flare,'" from one of the local oil refineries. "But which one could not

      be determined."

      "Evans explained that combustible gases being released to a flare

      sometimes accumulate and mix with air before they ignite, and then go off

      with a loud bang."

      (See the Houston Chronicle for January 26, 2001, "Mysterious blast rattles

      neighborhood." Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for forwarding this newspaper


      (Editor's Comment: A UFO Roundup reader contacted us last week, pointing out

      that the sky boom in Ashtabula, Ohio was followed a week later by an

      earthquake in Cleveland, 90 miles to the west, that measured 4.7 on the

      Richter scale. She suggested that the Ashtabula boom may have been a

      "pre-quake" rather than a departing UFO. Let's keep an eye on Houston during

      the coming weeks, eh?)



      "Mysterious booming noises that have shaken the Cape Fear coast from

      time to time returned last week, prompting calls to meteorologists and

      earthquake specialists from concerned residents."

      "The National Weather Service received several phone calls concerning

      houses shaking and unexplained loud noises about 11 p.m. Thursday," January

      25, 2001. "

      "'I thought we were having an earthquake and ran to get my children,'

      said Sarah McKenzie, who lives in an apartment complex in Wilmington, N.C.

      (population 65,000)."

      "The National Earthquake Information Center in Boulder, Colorado

      detected no major earth movement in the area, said Richard Anthony, the

      National Weather Service meteorologist for the Wilmington area."

      "The Center received calls stretching from the University of North

      Carolina's campus a;; the way to Blades County."

      "'I have experienced the shakings, and I have heard the noises,' Anthony

      said, 'They may be traumatic, but no one has a really good explanation for


      "Meteorologists told callers that it might have been the 'Seneca Guns'

      referring to a folk legend about the mysterious seasonal booms that

      irregularly rattle the shoreline along the lower Cape Fear."

      (Editor's Note: Charles Fort noted a similar phenomenon in India, known as

      'the Barisal Guns.')

      "The legend dates back to the Nineteenth Century. After finding no

      explanation for the strange sounds, area residents concocted a myth about the

      Seneca Indians being edged out of their land by the Europeans' arrival. The

      sounds were supposedly the Indians returning for revenge with the white

      man's own weapons."

      "Wilmington geologists and others are researching the noises."

      "Meanwhile, some area residents are a little shaky."

      "'I wish someone would tell me what it is,' Ms. McKenzie said."

      Wilmington is on Interstate Highway I-40 approximately 130 miles (208

      kilometers) south of Raleigh, the state capital. (See the Winston-Salem,

      N.C. Journal for January 28, 2001, "Mysterious noise returns.")

      (Editor's Comment: Maybe North Carolina's Cape Fear area is in for an

      earthquake, too.

      Let's see what happens in a week or so.)



      "An airport in southern Siberia was shut down for an hour and a half

      Friday," January 26, 2001 "an unidentified flying object (UFO) was detected

      hovering above the runway, the (Russian) Interfax news agency reported."

      "The crew of an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane refused to take off, claiming

      they saw a luminescent object hovering above the runway of Siberia's Barnaul

      regional airport., local aviation company director Ivan Komarov was quoted as


      "The crew of another cargo plane refusing to use the runway" at Barnaul

      "for the same reason, landed their jet at another airport, Komarov said."

      "The UFO took off and vanished from the airport 90 minutes later,

      according to the Interfax report."

      Barnaul is a mid-sized city in southern Siberia, located 200 kilometers

      (120 miles) south of Novosibirsk and about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) east

      of Moscow, the capital of Russia. (See the Agence France Presse report for

      January 27, 2001. Merci beaucoup a l'Ambrovista pour cette nouvelles.)



      "Eight unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were spotted in USJ" near

      Kuala Lumpur "and in Gopeng, Perak province, Malaysia on Sunday, January 21,


      The nation of Malaysia, in Southeast Asia, has had several UFO flaps

      during the past few years.

      In USJ, near the national capital of Kuala Lumpur, a housewife told the

      New Straits Times that "she and her son had seen two UFOs--red in

      color--moving towards Kampung and Rawang at 10 p.m." that Sunday night.

      Mrs. Dahlia Bidin "called the New Straits Times at 10:40 p.m. to say she

      saw six UFOs--orange in color--in the sky over Gopeng."

      "'I am seeing them now. So are a lot of other people. It's causing a

      stir. Please check with the Ipok Airport and tell me what they are,' she


      "Her husband, Ismail Bidin, who is the honorary secretary for an

      orphanage in Sungai Itek, Gopeng, said he was among the first to see the


      "'All of the 38 children there saw the objects, so did their religious

      teachers and the villagers from neighboring Kamping Pintu Padang.'"

      "He said the UFOs appeared to be in formation and then formed a straight

      line. The objects were seen for about ten minutes before they disappeared."

      "A policeman in the Gopeng police station, when contacted about 20

      minutes later" by the newspaper, "said he had not received any information

      about the sightings."

      "A spokesman for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang said

      no such objects were tracked" on radar. (See the New Straits Times for

      January 22, 2001, "UFO sightings in USJ and Gopeng." Many thanks to Gerry

      Lovell for forwarding this newspaper article.)



      A large triangular UFO was seen in the Derbyshire Dales region of UK

      last week.

      "UFO spotters should start looking at the skies again., following one of

      the most spectacular sightings in the (Derbyshire) Dales yet."

      "Now the little green men are back. At 11:20 p.m. Wednesday (January

      17, 2001), 44-year-old Anne Saunders of Matlock saw a spaceship hovering over


      "She said, 'I looked through the bedroom window and saw a massive

      triangle in the sky. I thought, Good God! I am a sceptic--or at least I

      was--I thought it was a reflection in my glasses. But it was no reflection.'"

      "After further investigation, mom-of-two Mrs. Saunders said she couldn't

      believe her eyes. The retired local government official and her husband

      studied the craft for three minutes."

      "The triangle was full of pulsating coloured lights with a black

      centre. It made no noise."

      "Then the front-end bit broke away, continued Mrs. Saunders, and flew

      across the sky at tremendous speed towards the Masson Hillside. When it

      stopped, there was no definition. It was just a random shape of pulsating

      lights clustering together."

      "'I was absolutely gobsmacked (astounded--J.T.) I was looking from one

      to the other and thinking I must be dreaming. It was massive. This has

      entirely convinced me to be a (UFO) believer.'"

      Mrs. Saunders is no going to bed at night with binoculars and a

      camera--just in case."

      For more on the recent UFO sightings in Derbyshire Dales, see UFO

      Roundup, volume 5, number 52 for December 28, 2000, "UFOs seen repeatedly in

      Derbyshire Dales, UK," page 3. (Mrs. Saunders's sighting can be found in the

      Matlock Mercury for January 17, 2001. Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for this

      newspaper article.)



      On the night of Thursday, January 26, 2001, Wendy Plenaar reports,

      "while driving home from a restaurant, my husband, myself and our four

      children saw a blazing light, not exactly fire, in the night sky. It was

      running very fast and we could only see the flames, not really any

      (definable) shape of whatever we saw."

      "After a few seconds, it seemed to just peter out and die. We were

      traveling northwards, and the object was moving fast in the opposite

      direction (south)."

      "I think this must have been visible to quite a few other people if

      they happened to look up at that time," she added. (Many thanks to Wendy

      Plenaar for this report.)



      On Thursday, January 11, 2001, at 8:20 p.m., Ernest C. and his daughter

      were outdoors in Portland, Oregon's largest city, "facing south, looking

      about straight up" when "we saw two large globes hovering in the sky. The

      objects were straight up. They were just hovering in the sky. They were

      large round white globes."

      "My friend from work says he saw a reporter on Channel 8 reporting the

      same thing. He said the report matched up with what my daughter and I saw."

      (Email Form Report)



      On Sunday, January 21, 2001, at 2:34 p.m., Steve Volk, who lives in

      Edmonton, in Canada's Alberta province, said he was downloading some files

      from the Internet onto his home computer "when a black helicopter flew not

      more than 100 feet (30 meters) over my house. It then flew a half-circle

      back and forth within viewing distance. I videotaped the whole thing for 20

      minutes. This is precisely what I mean about harassment of Americans living

      in Canada!"

      On Saturday, January 20, 2001, at 10:45 a.m., Charles M. was driving

      home to his ranch near Powell, Wyoming (population 5,600). He was driving

      south on Highway 10 midway between Powell and the Montana state line when he

      heard the sound of a helicopter engine.

      "I was driving along, and I looked out the (truck) cab's passenger

      window (i.e. to the west--J.T.), and I saw a herd of elk browsing at the edge

      of the woods," he reported, "That's when I heard the chopper's engine

      roaring. I slowed down to see what was going on. It was a (UH-60)

      Blackhawk. It was all black with no markings on it. It came in low over the

      trees, flying south. It spat out two plumes of white smoke. It was like a

      cropduster, but it was spraying the elk. The chopper flew around just south

      of me for a minute or two, then swung around to the southeast towards Cody."

      (Many thanks to Steve Volk and Frank Running Elk for these reports.)


      Concerning last week's issue, UFO Roundup, volume 6, number 4 for

      January 25, 2001, we have a couple of corrections to make.

      In "Triangular UFO hovers over the Isle of Man": page 3, the correct

      date of this encounter was Sunday, January 14, 2001 and not Friday, January


      In "Loren Coleman's classic is back in print," page 6, the year of

      publication of Coleman's Mysterious America by Faber & Faber was 1983, not

      1982. Loren also stated "I'm not a professor of biology at the University of

      Southern Maine, but of the social impact of documentary film."

      UFO Roundup regrets the errors.


      From the UFO Files...



      The small city of Orange, in the Western Plains of New South Wales,

      Australia, is best known for its thriving fruit orchards and its reputation

      as the hometown of Andrew Boyle "Banjo" Peterson, the composer who wrote

      Waltzing Matilda.

      Little do local residents realize it but, about 200 meters (660 feet)

      below the intersection of Byng and Anson Streets, is a large cavern that may

      be linked to Binoomea, the legendary underground world of the Aborigines.

      According to Australian paranormal researcher Rex Gilroy, Aboriginal

      people speak of their ancestors "walking under the mountains" of the Great

      Dividing Range. A vast network of interlocking caverns and tunnels, similar

      to the Flint Ridge and Mammoth Cave system in the USA's state of Kentucky,

      stretches hundreds of kilometers from Tamworth, N.S.W. south to Canberra, the

      national capital.

      Chief among these Aboriginal legends is that of Binoomea, a vast

      underground cavern with cathedral-high ceilings and a large underground lake.

      It all sounds a bit like the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge..."Where

      Alph the sacred river ran/Through caverns measureless to man/Down to a

      sunless sea."

      Binoomea is said to be inhabited by some very unusual creatures. And

      these have actually been seen by Australians living on the surface.

      In August 1942, several captured Japanese soldiers broke out of the

      Allied P.O.W. (Prisoner of War--J.T.) camp at Cowra, N.S.W. Allied troops

      were sent into the Western Plains area to flush them out of hiding.

      . Among these was a squad of Australian Army soldiers led by Sgt. Bert


      MacCorkindale and his men were driven by truck from Orange to Garra,


      west of Molong. They were ordered to search the bush west of the creek,

      moving towards the hills northwest of Manildra.

      Shortly after they crossed the creek, the soldiers discovered a small

      cave opening. Sgt. MacCorkindale thought the Japanese P.O.W.s might be

      hiding in there, so he ordered the men to crawl through the opening, one at a

      time. Soon they found themselves in a cool cavern brimming with stalactites.

      Certain he had found the prisoners' hideout, the sergeant ordered the men to

      push on.

      Down into the tunnel they went, for perhaps two miles, heading generally

      southeast towards Orange. The squad noticed that the caverns were getting

      bigger and bigger the further in they went. Soon they all had their torches

      (flashlights in the USA--J.T.) out.

      Sgt. MacCorkindale was beginning to have his doubts. Surely the


      wouldn't have gone this far into the caves. And what were these caves,

      anyway? He'd never heard of such a system under the Western Plains before.

      They sauntered into yet another cavern. The men pointed their torches

      upward. Their light beams didn't even touch the ceiling. Several gaped in


      "Push on," the sergeant said, "One more bloody cave, and we'll have a

      bit of smoke." (take a break in the USA--J.T.)

      As they moved into the next cavern, they squad stopped short. One

      soldier blurted, "Cor! Will ya look at that!?"

      The limestone walls were faintly luminous, "studded with glow-worms,"

      one soldier put it, offering enough pallid light to make out stalactites,

      stalagmites and flowstone deposits.

      Suddenly, the squad heard an odd sound.

      "What's that?" one asked.

      "Sounds like a bloody broken steam pipe," his buddy replied.

      The weird hissing grew louder. They heard something solid slowly

      scraping along the flat rocky floor. Then a monstrous reptilian head poked

      up from behind a jumble of fallen boulders. Its tongue flicked between scaly

      lips. Again it emitted a rattling hiss.

      The newcomer was a lizard, similar in form to the goanna lizard found in

      the Australian Outback, but much, much larger. The creature measured six

      meters (20 feet) from its blunt snout to the tip of its heavy tail. It was a

      mottled gray in color, with spiky scale-armored brows over its cold yellow


      The men stared in open-mouthed disbelief. They had all very likely seen

      the movie King Kong, and now here was a giant reptile that looked as if it

      had stepped right out of that 1933 film.

      The giant lizard lumbered towards them. Yelling in panic, the men

      leveled their Lee-Enfield rifles and opened fire. The lizard hesitated but

      only for a few moments. It crawled forward once again, head low, hissing

      even louder.

      "Bren gunner!" the sergeant yelled, in a voice even louder than the

      giant lizard.

      One soldier planted the bipod of the Bren gun (World War Two light

      machine gun--J.T.) on a flat limestone boulder and took aim. When Sgt.

      MacCorkindale yelled, "Fire!" the gunner cut loose with a full automatic


      Stung by the stream of high-velocity bullets, the giant lizard averted

      its face, turned as quickly as its size would allow, and lumbered back into

      the side tunnel, dragging its ponderous tail behind it.

      The squad beat a hasty retreat to the surface.

      Five years later, "one day in 1947, Warwick Bills, then 16 years of age,

      was out alone picking mushrooms on a property near Dubbo," a town about 64

      kilometers (40 miles) north of Orange, "in central western N.S.W. The

      location was in hilly country and only five miles (8 kilometers) from the

      town. There was a 15-acre swampland interspersed with swamp oaks and a

      nearby creek."

      "It was next to this creek that Warwick was standing, about 10 a.m. on

      this particular morning, when he spotted a large goanna lying in the shade of

      a large swamp oak 50 feet away. It was 12 feet (3.8 meters) in length and

      its leathery skin was greyish in colour with lighter and darker patches. It

      had a large head and big eyes."

      "'Its large eyes were looking in my direction. I saw it rise up about

      two feet on its thick, powerful legs. I left the scene pretty quick,' he

      told me," author Rex Gilroy in 1983.

      Lizards as big as a diesel locomotive--that's just one of the strange

      secrets of Australia's underground world of Binoomea. (See the books

      Mysterious Australia by Rex Gilroy, Nexus Publishing, Mapleton, Qlnd.,

      Australia, 1985, pages 43, 119 and 123; Let's Go--Australia , St. Martin's

      Press, New York, N.Y., 1998, pages 143 and 144; and Discover Australia by

      4WD, edited by Ron and Vivo Moon, Hema Maps Ltd., Slacks Creek, Qlnd.,

      1997, page 116.)

      Well, that's it for this week. Join us in seven days for more UFO and

      paranormal news from around the world, brought to you by "the paper that goes

      home--UFO Roundup." See you then!

      UFO ROUNDUP: Copyright 2001 by Masinaigan Productions, all rights reserved.

      Readers may post news items from UFO Roundup on their websites or in

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      and list the date of issue in which the item first appeared.

    • Bret
      UFO ROUNDUP Volume 8, Number 10 March 5, 2003 Editor: Joseph Trainor http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/ HAIRY HOMINID TERRORIZES
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        Volume 8, Number 10

        March 5, 2003

        Editor: Joseph Trainor





        Northern Argentina was in turmoil last week as

        reports poured in about a tall, Bigfoot-like creature

        sighted near Rosario de la Frontera, a small city 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of Salta, the provincial capital.

        "Three residents of the barrio Juan Domingo Peron

        (neighborhood) claimed having seen the strange, 2-meter (6 feet, 6 inches) tall biped whose existence has kept all residents of Rosario de la Frontera on edge after terrifying and detailed accounts by people who claim having been attacked by the strange beast."

        "The new reports were from Demetrio Villalba, 43; Eleuteria del Carmen Alvarez, 72, and Nerida del Valle Marearena, 53, who, in spite of living in different parts of the residential subdivision and not knowing each other, made almost identical descriptions of the creature they had seen at around the same time on the morning of January 13 (2003)."

        "The initial reports on the animal, described as a

        fierce plantigrade of large size and humanoid mien, were reported by rancher Rogelio Martinez some two years ago (2001), who has since then made numerous reports about the beast devouring his (ranch) animals on a recurrent basis."

        "Reports on sightings and traumatic encounters with

        the animal intensified in recent days, according to

        reports by El Tribuno in its two previous issues."

        "Pedro Villalba, who resides at Soldado Madrid

        (Street) 245 in the barrio Peron, said that 'in the early

        hours of January 13, alarmed by the barking and howling of

        the dogs, I looked out the window and saw it. It was an enormous hairy animal. I couldn't believe it. It was walking on two legs and waddled from one side to another, waving its arms, which ended in thick, curved claws. The dogs growled, barked and howled but did not dare attack it. It suddenly broke into a run and became lost in the wilderness.'"

        "Eleuteria del Carmen Alvarez and Nerida del Valle Marearena, mother and daughter, offered an analagous

        account: 'The time was approximately 3 in the morning.

        Our dog howled desperately, squirming around, and was

        peeing herself out of sheer fright. We went outside to

        see what was happening, and we saw it. It was horrible. Enormous with clawed hands and covered in hair from head to toe. We were almost paralyzed with fright when we saw it because, at a given moment, it turned its head toward the window we were looking through. However, it kept on walking, turned at the next block towards the east and we didn't see it again, although we could hear dogs howling throughout the neighborhood--they had gone crazy. If we didn't mention this before, it was out of a sense of shame (and not wanting to be) dismissed as lunatics. But now that the story has come out and other people have seen the same thing we did, we've decided to tell of our own experience to see if our accounts can assist in solving this enigma.'"

        "Patricio Saldano, custodian of the municipal garbage

        dump" in Rosario de la Frontera "and his family had quite

        a fright on (Sunday) February 23 (2003) at 10 p.m.

        Alerted by the howling of his hounds, who ran frantically

        from one side to the other in the vicinity of a pig pen, lighting a flashlight (torch in UK--J.T.), he went out to investigate."

        "'I couldn't believe it, Less than 10 meters (33

        feet) away was the strange hairy animal that people have reported, standing on two legs. It was like an enormous monkey. It made no noise. It just looked at me fixedly with its red eyes and every so often moved its powerful arms to frighten my dogs, who were harassing it but not attacking,'" Saldano said. (Editor's Note: Saldano's description of 'an enormous monkey' suggests that the creature might be a Mapinguary, or South American Bigfoot, which is usually seen in the jungles of Brazil and Bolivia. This mapinguary must have wandered south out of the pantanal into the rain forest of northern Argentina.)

        "'The beast, belonging to a species I had never seen

        in books, had (finger) nails as long as daggers, which

        shined in the light,' he said."

        "Patricio is 62 years old and has been in charge of

        the municipal dump for 15 years. He lives there with his

        wife, three male children, an 8-year-old daughter and a 4- year-old granddaughter."

        "When the encounter occurred, he was in the company

        of his wife and the girls. 'I didn't believe the story everyone's talking about,' he stated, referring to eyewitness claims about being attacked in Arroyo Salado, 6 kilometers (4 miles) east of" Rosario's main plaza.

        "'But some days ago, a man came around these parts

        (Juan Carlos Rivas--J.T.) to ask if I had seen a colt he'd lost. Later I found out that it was discovered hereabouts, dead and devoured. That's why, when the dogs barked, I thought about the pigs. And it dawned on me that it could be an old puma (cougar or mountain lion in the USA--J.T.). But there it was: quiet and looking at me intently. Suddenly, it turned on a heel and began to walk away.'"

        "'It was an animal, but it walked like a man.'

        Saldano said that his wife and two girls were able to see

        the creature from a distance. 'I've told them not to go

        out at night or wander away from the house.'" (See the newspaper El Tribuno of Salta, Argentina for February 22, 2003, "New eyewitness accounts of strange bipedal animal," and for February 28, 2003, "Strange hairy biped terrorizes family." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Cristian Hernan Quintero para eses articulos de diario.) (Editor's Comment: And welcome to Creatures on the Loose Week here at UFO Roundup. The weird critters were having a field day last week, so read on...)




        "Some 20 rabbits were found dead yesterday (Saturday,

        February 22, 2003) in some cages of the barrio Ollas of

        Santa Isabel," near Ponce, Puerto Rico.

        "Residents accused the Chupacabras of perpetrating

        the brutal slayings."

        "The incident allegedly occurred in the early hours

        of the morning in the backyard of the house owned by

        William Maldonado Sanchez. There were several rabbit

        cages at the site, but the only cages attacked were the

        ones containing female specimens."

        "Maldonado's neighbors claim having heard noises

        coming from the backyard at around 1 a.m. but didn't

        notice anything strange. Maldonado did not blame the Chupacabras for the events--he said that something strange had happened in the backyard; only four of the rabbits showed signs of violence; one of the four had a wound on the neck; another two had abdominal injuries; and another had scratches on its paw. Some of the rabbits were found dead in the cages; others on the ground near the entrance of the house. The male rabbits were spared, he says, because their cage was stronger."

        "Maldonado Sanchez, who phoned the police to report

        the incident, explained that he had female rabbits for

        purposes of raising the animals commercially...It was

        reported yesterday that a (foot) print with three

        prominent indentations was found under one of his cages."

        On Friday, February 21, 2003, "Channel 4 (TV)

        reported animal mutilations in La Cuchilla de Candelero

        Debaso in Humacao," a port city on the eastern shore of

        Puerto Rico.

        "The television report states that an unknown animal killed all of the pigs in their pens and ripped apart 9 male rabbits, leaving one female alone. It was also noted that a duck survived the assault."

        "Eyewitnesses were only able to see a shadowy form

        that ran away. At the scene of that incident, it was

        possible to recover a plaster cast of a feline paw print.

        The print is in the custody of the (Puerto Rican)

        Department of Natural Resources. The (Channel 4) video documentary also shows scratches on the pens' wooden parts which were apparently made by the animal in question."

        "The Channel 4 report was prepared by Epron Arroyo

        and photojournalist Humberto Mercado Nazario. (The reader

        must be aware that there are no predatory feline species

        native to Puerto Rico--S.C.)"

        "Another incident took place during the early hours

        of (Monday) February 17 (2003) in a neighborhood in the

        city of Anasco on Puerto Rico's western coast. In this

        event, 26 rabbits were mutilated, presenting different injuries. Some of them were torn apart."

        "An elderly man reported hearing shrill squeals and

        the sensation that a humanoid form was leaping over the rooftops. Another witness reported not hearing any sounds, but that his dogs were nervous and frightened to such an extent that they hid under the bed." (See the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia for February 23, 2003, "Intriguing death of 20 rabbits." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Dr. Jose I. Gomez, Lucy Guzman y Orlando Pla para eses informes.)




        The weird black-panther-like creature sometimes known

        as the Outback Terror made a surprise appearance last week

        in Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia. Lithgow has a long history of such sightings.

        "Just when you thought that Lithgow's mysterious

        'black panther' had departed when the October (2002)

        bushfires ripped through his familiar terrain, then think again. Old Blackie is back!"

        "The latest sighting, the first in more than six

        months, left a young woman badly shaken by her


        "The Lithgow woman was one of a group of animal

        welfare volunteers who have been seeking to retrieve a

        batch of kittens they heard had been dumped on the

        hillside behind Morts Estate," a local subdivision.

        "The trio had commented during the week on the number

        of unusually large paw prints they had encountered along Farmers Creek."

        "Just on dusk on Saturday night (February 22, 2003)

        one member of the group went to inspect cat traps along

        the railway line that lead to the State Mine Museum when

        she had what she described as the most frightening

        experience of her life."

        "The woman said it was about 8:20 p.m. when she heard

        a loud scuffling noise in the bushes nearby which she

        thought was a wild pig."

        "It was then that she saw 'a very large cat-like

        animal' that she said was 'definitely not a dog.'"

        "She had a good view of the animal before it moved

        away, covering more than 10 metres (33 feet) in just two bounds."

        "'It was leaping, not running like a dog,' she said." (Editor's Comment: Rex Gilroy and other Australian paranormal researchers believe that the Outback Terror is an unknown species of marsupial predator, which evolved over millions of years within Australia's marsupial- dominated ecosystem.) "Leaping" rather than running suggests that it might be a marsupial rather than a feline and similar to the kangaroo, which is also a marsupial.)

        "The woman, who did not wish to be identified

        'because people think you're mad when you report these

        things,' ran in a terrified state to a nearby house for


        "She later reported the sighting to Lithgow police."

        "The woman was still visibly shaken when she spoke to

        the Mercury the next morning."

        "'There's no way I'll be going back on that

        mountain,' she said."

        "She and her two companions indicated the large paw prints in the sand beside the creek, but they (the prints) had been affected by the overnight rain."

        "The paw prints did not show any claw marks and were bigger than those left by a large Rottweiler (dog) owned by one of the group."

        "The Lithgow Panther gained national publicity some

        18 months ago when residents filmed a very large cat-like animal around the mountain close to a block of town houses on Mort Street."

        "Experts who examined the film were unable to

        identify the animal with any degree of certainty."

        "Since then, there have been other unexplained

        sightings in the general area, further around the mountain

        at the Vale of Clwydd and at Clarence, N.S.W. The last reported sighting was by a woman and her son near the Mort Street town houses in July (2002) last year."

        Lithgow, N.S.W. is about 200 kilometers (120 miles)

        west of Sydney. (See the Lithgow, N.S.W. Mercury for

        February 25, 2003, "'That cat' still creates stir." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for forwarding this newspaper





        "Investigators have found a heat-resistant tile from

        the shuttle Columbia that was gouged by intense heat and speckled with an orange substance that NASA has never seen before."

        "'I am told this is not typical of a re-entry tile,' retired admiral Harold Gehman, chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board said Tuesday," February 25, 2003. "'This is very unusual.'"

        "The first display of clues from Columbia's wreckage offered tantalizing hints about what might have happened, but did little to unravel the mystery of why the shuttle broke apart during re-entry (on Saturday) February 1 (2003)."

        "The tile, recovered in Powell, Texas, about 50 miles

        (80 kilometers) south of Dallas, is important because it

        was found in the westernmost area of the main (shuttle)

        debris field. That indicates it may have come off in the

        early stages of the disaster."

        "The side of the tile that was attached to the

        shuttle was deformed by heat. Gehman said that could

        indicate that heat from within the orbiter burned the

        tile. Investigators believe that hot gas entered the left

        wing as the shuttle flew at more than 200,000 feet (60,000 meters)."

        "But Gehman cautioned that the marks left by the heat

        could simply have occurred after the shuttle broke apart. Investigators do not know where the tile came from on the shuttle."

        "The other side of the shuttle, which would normally

        fend off temperatures that reach thousands of degrees, was mottled and laced with an unknown orange compound."

        "In the final two seconds of data that has been recovered, the navigation, computer and power systems were functioning normally. But signals from the left wing had ceased. This suggests that the seven astronauts could have known of the impending disaster."

        "Investigators confirmed that another fragment of

        tile was found more than 350 miles (560 kilometers) west

        and north of Dallas. It may have come from the area where

        the left wing was attached to the fuselage."

        On Thursday, February 27, 2003, "the accident investigation board, meanwhile, released two new photos. One is an image showing the leading edge of Columbia's left wing the first day in orbit. The leading edge, which withstands intense heat in re-entry appears to be normal."

        "The other photo, taken after the disaster, shows heat-resistant tiles on a portion of the left wing's wheel well area, where sensors suggest the problems originated. The tiles appear scorched, but the board did not say whether they were damaged after the shuttle broke apart or by searing heat."

        "A team of aerodynamic experts is studying Columbia's

        path in its final minutes to learn what increased drag the

        left wing, which prompted the shuttle to try to correct

        itself before it broke apart. The data may identify where

        the damage occurred and its size at different points of

        the re-entry."

        "Thermodynamic experts are attempting to determine whether heat from re-entry alone, or in combination with damage to the tiles, could explain the breakup. On previous re-entries, Columbia had heated more than normal because turbulent airflows rippled across its underside." (See USA Today for February 24, 2003, "Investigators think they'll pinpoint shuttle breach," page 5A; for February 26, 2003, "Scarred shuttle tile 'very unusual'," page 1A; and for February 28, 2003, "Congress confronts NASA chief on emails," page 2A.) (Editor's Comment: And thereby hangs the tale. What caused the heat damage to Columbia? Plasma leaking into the shuttle via a breach in the left wing? Increased temperatures due to skewed airflows? Or was it the strange energy bolt that struck Columbia over California? For more on the energy bolt, which was photographed by an amateur astronomer in San Francisco, see UFO Roundup, volume 8, number 7 for February 12, 2003, "Columbia destroyed by weird energy bolt?" page 1.)



        IN PUNE, INDIA

        On Monday, February 24, 2003, at 8:30 p.m., Dinesh Hukmani was at home in the city of Pune, in Maharashtra state, India when he spotted a UFO.

        "I was relaxing on my fifth-floor balcony, gazing at

        the stars, when suddenly, in the clear sky amidst lots of stars, there appeared this light, star-like but very bright. It appeared out of nowhere, grew in intensity, diminished and then disappeared. It was all over in a matter of three seconds."

        Dinesh Hukmani described the UFO as "round in shape, silvery white, star-like, very bright."

        Pune (pronounced Poo-nah--J.T.) is located 180

        kilometers (108 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India's

        largest city.




        On Friday, February 28, 2003, at 6:20 a.m., Ricardo Barraza was driving to work in Vina del Mar, a port in Chile, when "he looked to the southern sky" and "noticed a pulsating luminous object that began to move quickly towards the south. He noticed that the light was being followed by an enormous dark mass that was easily concealed by the darkness of the sky at this early hour."

        Vina del Mar is a suburb just north of the large

        Chilean port city of Valparaiso. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Rodrigo Cuadra Salazar de la revista

        Tecnologia: OVNIs y Ciencia para eso informe.)




        On Saturday, February 22, 2003, at 6:45 p.m., Steve Goldman reports, "I was facing north, coming off the highway, Interstate I-25, at the Griegos exit" in Albuquerque, New Mexico (population 448,607) when "a bright flourescent blue lozenge-shaped object flew from the west, coming down at around 30 degrees. It seemed to be traveling very fast, crossing about a third of my view of the horizon in about two seconds. When it reached what appeared to be the height of Sandia Peak, 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) it simply 'turned off' and disappeared from view."

        "The object was about the size of an aspirin held at arm's length and was a very bright flourescent blue until it disappeared. The brightness and color were constant while it was in view." (Email Form Report)




        On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 9 p.m., David

        Boone was outdoors in a rural area near Hemingway, South Carolina (population 573) when he spotted a UFO "with many colored lights."

        David reported, "I saw a ball of lights going into

        the woods" just off Highway 51. "At first I thought it

        was a helicopter. It was just off Balex Road, where the

        cows graze. It was a ball of lights. It was big. It had

        all kinds of colored lights on it."

        Hemingway, S.C. is on Highway 51 about 20 miles (32

        kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach. (Email Form Report)




        Giorgio Piacenza of Peru writes, "I never mentioned anything about an ET princess wearing something like a Tanga (Brazilian string bikini--J.T.) The report from Panamericana Television in Lima does not mention this, either. Please correct this information which is highly inaccurate and detracts from my reputation and from the serious and genuine UFO events taking place in northern Peru."

        In Peru's department (state) of Piura, "there are sightings witnessed by many people and even filmed by some. They are occurring close to an archaeological area where the pre-Incan Vicus culture thrived. This is the news I sent to UFOINFO." (Editor's Comment: Giorgio is referring to the story that appeared in UFO Roundup, Volume 8, Number 8 for February 19, 2003, "UFO flap reported in northern Peru," page 5. This story was rewritten and appeared in the Spanish- language newsletter NotiOVNI for February 23, 2003. The original UFO Roundup story listed "Giorgio Piacenza y Monica Gaetano de Silva" as sources, which was true enough. Giorgio provided the report on the TV broadcast of UFO sightings in Chulucanas and Piura La Vieja. Sra. de Silva provided a short report on the "Jelu sighting" in nearby Tangarara. Since the reported incidents all took place in the same area, your editor combined them into one story about northern Peru and listed Giorgio and Sra. de Silva in the attribution line. However, when NotiOVNI re- ran the story in Spanish, they omitted Sra. de Silva's name. In retrospect, the fault is your editor's--I should have been a lot more specific in the attribution, and I apologize. So let me clear this up right now. Giorgio Piacenza contributed the report about Television Panamericana, Canal (Channel) 5 in Lima's 15-minute news special on the UFO sightings and videotapings in Chulucanas and Piura La Vieja--Monica Gaetano de Silva contributed the report about la princesa de los hermanos espaciales appearing in Tangarara.)


        From the UFO Files...

        1978: THE LOURDES OF


        Our Story So Far: "In 1907, following a fatal attempt

        to halt a runaway train carriage, a young rail worker,

        William T. Steenson, was laid to rest" at the old Pioneer Cemetery on Terania Street in North Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. "Soon after his death, the graveyard ceased taking new burials and became overgrown."

        During World War I, "locals began to notice the cross

        on Steenson's grave glowing in the dark" like an electric

        light bulb. The cross, made of Balmoral red granite from Scotland, bore Steenson's name and a carving of a Masonic compass-and-square symbol.

        Throughout the Twentieth Century, "the Lismore cross"

        periodically manifested its unearthly light. As late as

        1968, the manifestation remained a local phenomenon. All

        that changed, however, ten years later, in 1978...

        "A two-metre-high granite cross which lights up every

        night near an abandoned North Lismore cemetery has the

        people of Lismore mystified and some people terrified."

        "The cross was erected over the grave of a 29-year-

        old railway guard more than 70 years ago."

        "Now each night the headstone which once stood over Steenson's grave glows spectacularly. It lights up as a perfectly formed cross among dozens of other headstones."

        "People go there every night. Some kneel in front of

        it and others talk to it."

        "So far there is no scientific explanation for the phenomenon other than that the granite is somehow reflecting light."

        "But the nearest street lights are nearly a kilometre

        away, and the cross glows when there is no moon."

        "Hundreds of people last night (Friday, February 17,

        2003) gathered at North Lismore to witness the mysterious glowing cross at the old North Lismore cemetery."

        "People from all parts of Lismore lined an old wire

        fence adjacent to the cemetery in threes and fours to see

        the strange phenomenon for themselves."

        "Cars lined Terania Street for more than 50 metres

        (165 feet). People lined up in the corridor from which

        the glowing cross of granite can be seen."

        "More than 120 people were already at the viewing

        site at 8:15 p.m. when The Northern Star arrived. More

        came during the next hour."

        When The Northern Star published its photos of the glowing cross the following day, the phenomenon became a media sensation.

        On Tuesday, February 21, 1978, "television crews from

        Channels 7, 9 and 10 in Sydney and cameramen from the

        Sydney Mirror and Sydney Sun had a field day on the

        cemetery hill."

        "The hardened newsmen and cameramen from the

        television stations and newspapers said the trip had been

        more than worthwhile."

        "'It impressed me and I've seen a lot of impressive things in 20 years in journalism,' one of them said."

        "The old cemetery has never seen scenes like it before--nor has Lismore for that matter."

        Neville Steenson, the grandson of W.T. Steenson,

        pleaded in vain with the crowds to leave his grandfather's grave undisturbed. Vandals and souvenir hunters were using hammers, stone chisels and rocks to chip off pieces of "the magic headstone."

        But no one could figure out just why this strange manifestation was going on. Although a member of several fraternal lodges, W.T. Steenson had no known interest in religious or occult matters.

        Within a week, pilgrims from elsewhere in Australia

        began arriving in force.

        "Mrs. Zillah McJannett, a (Queensland) Gold Coast housewife, says the cross could help to give people like herself peace and there was nothing wrong with that."

        "'They could make a walkway to the cross or a shrine there,' Mrs. McJannett said. 'Some church people are saying that Lismore should not become another Lourdes. Why not?'"

        Rev. A. Dann of the Bible Methodist Church of

        Australia agreed with Mrs. McJannett and suggested that "Lismore's glowing cross could become a new Lourdes."

        But the prospect horrified other churchmen. "Mr.

        Dann's claim that the cross could lead to the

        establishment of another Lourdes was rejected yesterday by

        the Bishop of Lismore, Dr. J.S. Satterthwaite, and the

        Rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, the Rev. A.


        "Dr. Satterthwaite said the cross was not a religious

        shrine 'and I am not going to start leading pilgrimages to it.'"

        That didn't keep the pilgrims away, though. Nine

        months later, in November 1978, David Elizalde, "a

        Filipino faith healer from Sydney led a group of five

        families from various suburbs of Sydney to see Lismore's mysterious glowing cross...The group arrived on Friday and visited the cross of light that evening."

        Local motel owner Bill Swaby told The Northern Star:

        "A steady flow of people has been visiting Lismore just to

        see the cross. The first thing they ask is: Where is the glowing cross?"

        The manifestation also brought forward a witness to a

        similar phenomenon--Mrs. Marianne Kempnich, who wrote, "My husband and I recently spent two years teaching at the small north-western town of Mungindi. While there, the locals often spoke of a glowing headstone at the cemetery." (Editor's Note: If any of our Australian readers have more information about the phenomenon in Mungindi, please send an email to UFO Roundup.)

        In February 1978, Rev. Dann warned that unless the Steenson cross was "fenced off or moved...the cross would be defaced or stolen."

        Eight years later, on Tuesday, March 18, 1986, the minister's prediction came true. Chief health surveyor J. Douglass "said that his works supervisor, Mr. Jim Ward, had told him that the cross was missing" and "that the 1.3 metre (4-foot) high granite cross had been removed from its pedestal 'during the past month.'"

        Seventeen years later, "the Lismore cross" is still missing. But it has become one of Australia's enduring mysteries. (See the Sunday Telegraph for December 22, 2002, "Cross that glowed," page 114; the Sydney Morning Herald for February 21, 1978, "Mystery of the glowing cross," page 3; The Northern Star for February 18, 1978, "Lismore's fiery cross," page 1; for February 22, 1978, "Media converges on cross," page 2; for February 23, 1978, "'Cross could become a new Lourdes,'" page 3; for February 24, 1978, "Phenomenon can 'bring people closer to God,'" page 3; for November 3, 1978, "Faith pilgrimage to glowing cross," page 5; and for March 21, 1986, "Mystery cross disappears," page 1. Many thanks to Jeremy Fenton and Steven Fawcett for forwarding the Australian newspaper


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