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Original Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 23:02:59 -0400
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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 10:22:03 -0400
Subject: Argentina: Full Version of SENASA Press Release
The following is the full text version of the SENASA Press
Release which attributes the mutilations to a small rodent. IHU
would like to thank Alejandro Agostinelli for providing this
Institute of Hispanic Ufology
Inexplicata--The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
SENASA PRESS RELEASE
OFFICIAL REPORT REGARDING INJURIES AND MUTILATIONS TO BOVINE
The National Health and Agroalimentary Quality Service (SENASA)
made known today the report entrusted to the Universidad
Nacional del Centro (UNICEN) in Tandil, which concludes that the
studies performed on dead and mutilated animals have established
that the deaths were the result of natural causes and the
injuries were provoked by predators, among them a rodent of the
genus Oxymcterus known as the "hocicudo rojizo" (red muzzle)
whose population has recently increased and whose nutritional
habits have changed.
The report points out that the deaths of 20 animals studied,
taken from livestock facilities in the Buenos Airean districts
of Olavarría, Tandil, Tres Arroyos, Coronel Pringles, Coronel
Dorrego and Balcarce are due to "natural causes and can be
attributed to metabolic or infectious diseases which occur
frequently this time of year," according to UNICEN's chancellor,
Dr. Néstor Auza.
Auza participated in a press conference at SENASA's
headquarters, headed by its president, Bernardo Cané, along with
Alejandro Soraci, dean of the School of Veterinary Sciences of
UNICEN, Ofelia Tapia, a toxicologist with the School of
Veterinary Sciences of UNICEN, and Ernesto Odriozola, a
technician with the Animal Production Department of INTA-
The conclusions reached by these studies dismiss the possibility
of radiation, as well as narcotics, at the locations where the
animals studied were found, according to technical reports from
the schools of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Pharmacy
and Biochemistry of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), which
also participated in the analyses.
The report points out that "it was ascertained through direct
observation, and under a stereoscopic magnifying glass, that the
lesions on the animals' hide and organs were produced by
predators" such as rodents and foxes.
The absence of special elements in the incisions (heat-
cauterization) was further shown by means of histological tests.
Field observations confirmed "the presence of rodents around the
carcasses, inside the carcasses, and at the moment that animal
tissue was ingested." Some of these rodents were trapped and
subjected to laboratory testing, where they showed "a
particularly voraciousness for the organs provided" in the
The characteristics of the rodents correspond to a species that
is little developed in our environment, belonging to the genus
Oxymcterus, but which has proliferated of late, as well as
foxes, according to information recorded in previous studies by
UNICEN's fauna and biology group.
The report concludes that "there can be no doubt that a series
of environmental, management and production factors have been
present and which have impacted the ecosystem in different ways,
causing evident imbalances among species, as well as in their
The observations made by technicians made it possible to see
that the animals studied presented, in general terms, injuries
that followed a common pattern: strong association between the
presence of lesions and natural cavities such as mouths, ears,
mammary glands, rectums, vulvae and in exceptional cases--if the
animal had been dead for a longer period of time--the abdomen.
In order to secure additional information, newly-dead and
unmutilated animals were placed at selected locations to study
predator action, confirming that the lesions produced were
exactly the same as those found on the rest of the animals
studied and which had been found dead.
Cané noted that "at the start of the study, we did not discard
the possibility of human involvement, but it has been proven
that there was none because of the lack of narcotizing elements.
It was also proven in recently slain animals that the incisions
are not so precise as the are serrated, and the studies tell us
that the animals died of natural causes and not due to provoked
attacks," adding at the same time that "all public agencies
concur in this assessment."
The official added that "the most recent dead and mutilated
animal cases were involved with the greatest degree of rigor.
This is definite proof. This is what was proven."
Moreover, Dr. Tapia noted that "the rodents' diet is normally
based on worms and bugs, but there has evidently been a change
in this habit due to the lack of insects and worms. We are
thinking that there is a modification in the normal fauna
populations of the "red muzzle", but the explanation as to why
these rodents changed their dietary habits forms part of a much
The studies and analyses that contributed to the drafting of the
final report were handled by an interdisciplinary team composed
of researchers from various scientific and public specialty
institutions at the national level, and received cooperation
from professionals in the private sector.
The schools of Veterinary Medicine and Mathematics of UNICEN,
the INTA-Balcarce, the schools of Mathematics and Natural
Sciences and Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of
Buenos Aires also participated in the studies. There was also an
exchange of information with the schools of Veterinary Sciences
of the Universities of Río Cuarto, Cordoba and General Pico, La
**Buenos Aires, July 1, 2002**
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