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'Vampire Mouse' Cattle Mutilation Theory Rejected

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      From Scott Corrales <lornis1@...>
      La Voz del Interior (Cordoba, Argentina) / Rense Website
      July 3, 2002

      RIO Cuarto - Researchers at the Universidad Nacional De Rio Cuarto
      reiterated yesterday that the calf found mutilated yesterday in Berrotarán
      presented "clean incisions" in its hide, thus discarding any attacks by
      predators. They stated that "in principle, the conclusions applied by SENASA
      cannot be applied," referring to the University of Tandil's report which
      fingered the red-muzzled mouse (oxymycterus rufus) as the principal culprit
      in the cattle mutilations.
      Jaime Polop, a specialist in Rodent Ecology with the National University of
      Rio Cuarto, stated that the presence of this type of mouse is "minimal" in
      the southern provinces and expressed doubts regarding the possibility that
      this animal is the key to unlocking the natiowide mystery. Polop is an
      associate professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Mathematics, has 22
      years experience as a tenured researcher at UNRC ahd has spent over 24 years
      studying rodents. He declared that while the red-muzzle mouse is omnivorous
      and feeds on vegetable and animal organic matter, it is "very rare" that it
      should consume carrion. "The information from the Univ. of Tandil is the
      first we've received regarding this type of behavior by oxymycterus. There
      is no scientific background information in this regard," he said with
      Without wanting to dispute SENASA's report, Polop limited himself to saying
      that in the globality of cases registered in the country there could be
      different cases for the mutilations. Polop did address, however, the subject
      of the sheer number of rodents which would have been needed to produce the
      lesions found on the cows and rejected the possibility that these mice could
      produce clean incisions in the hides of other animals to feed on them. "The
      oxymycterus has chisel-shaped teeth, and it is impossible for that type of
      dentition to produce clean cuts on animal hides. It's bite is similar to any
      mouse chewing through would, which would never be mistaken for a surgical
      implement," he defined.
      He also noted that the muzzled mouse "is not a predator": "Normally, when a
      predator such as a fox begins [by eating] the entrails, it continues to feed
      from the same open wound. To find lesions on the mouth, abdomen, and anus,
      and to see this pattern repeating itself, draws my attention considerably,"
      added Polop.
      Meanwhile, another mutilated bovine, missing eyes and
      genitals--characteristics similar to other finds in other provinces--was
      discovered late yesterday in the town of San Pedro, Department of Santa
      Rosa, 150 km from the provincial seat. The National Health and
      Agroalimentary Service (SENASA) confirmed that "a Commission is working in
      the area to determine the discovery of a mutilated bovine animal."
      Translation (C) 2002 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology.
      Special thanks to Alicia Rossi.



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