'Vampire Mouse' Cattle Mutilation Theory Rejected
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SENASA EXPLANATION FOUND UNCONVINCING IN RÍO CUARTO
ARGENTINA GOVT 'VAMPIRE MOUSE' CATTLE MUTILATION EXCUSE REJECTED
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,"
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.
PHOTO OF RED-MUZZLED MOUSE:
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