UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 40
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 7, Number 40
October 1, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor
19 FARM ANIMALS IN
PONCE, PUERTO RICO
"The story of the so-called Chupacabra, the shadowy
character that attacks and slays animals, emerged once
again in Ponce," a city on Puerto Rico's southern coast,
"when 19 fighting roosters, rabbits, ducks and
chickens turned up dead at a residence in the La Calzada
"'This is weird. I think it was the Chupacabra who
slew my animals. I'm scared and alarmed by what
occurred,' said the animals' owner, Ramon Luis
"Some of the animals were found yesterday morning
(Sunday, September 22, 2002) by Guzman Colon outside
their cages and others still within them. A rooster was
dragged 30 meters (100 feet) from its cage and was still
agonizing on Sunday afternoon. Four of the fighting
roosters were dead, one beside the other, and in a
strange case, two roosters were changed from their
respective cages and were found dead facing each other."
"'It's weird. They swapped the roosters from one
cage to another,'" he said.
"All of the animals have wounds on their necks or
backs. Dozens of neighbors and curiosity seekers from
other sections of Ponce swarmed around the humble
dwelling for a glimpse of the strange event."
"'At two o'clock in the morning, I heard the dog
barking in the alley, and when I came downstairs, the dog
vanished. I heard no noise whatsoever and went back to
bed,' noted Guzman Colon, 53, who is unemployed since the
shutdown of the Central Mercedita sugar refinery."
"'I got up at 6:30 in the morning and found the 19
animals, largely roosters, dead. This is very weird,' he
added, 'The way in which they were bitten, the same area
(cannot be attributed--S.C.) to dogs.'"
"A black-and-white dog was (found) hiding in the
hollow of a tree on Sunday."
"'Even the dog is scared. Something weird is going
on,' said Guzman Colon, who showed some large tracks
which he alleged 'belong to the animal that did this.'"
"'Look at these tracks. They're not those of a dog.
They belong to a strange animal.'"
"Guzman Colon pointed out that he has 12 chickens
and roosters left and showed some of the broken cages.
'The animal responsible for this is short (in stature--
S.C.) because it broke the cages from below,' he
"Carlos Soto, a neighbor of the affected party,
believes that a snake could have dragged itself from the
adjacent lot and caused the deaths, but Guzman Colon
insisted that serpents cannot break into cages."
"The legend of the Chupacabra emerged several years
ago," following widespread reports in Puerto Rico in
1995, "when it allegedly killed cows, dogs and other
animals. It is even believed that it did the same thing
in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican Republic (and
Brazil--J.T.). The alleged incidents began in the
municipality of Canovanas, P.R." (See the Puerto Rican
newspaper Primera Hora for September 23, 2002,
"Chupacabra reappears in Ponce, Puerto Rico." Muchas
gracias a Scott Corrales y Jose I. Gomez para eso
articulo de diario.)
TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
OVER LONG ISLAND, N.Y.
On Sunday, September 8, 2002, at 11:30 a.m., Scott
McIntosh "was sitting on my stoop" in Bellmore, Long
Island, N.Y. "and saw something come over the house.
Living between John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports,
that's not uncommon. But this wasn't an airplane."
"When it got above the house behind ours, it seemed
to stop for a matter of two or three minutes. Long
enough for me to have my girl friend and her mom come
"We watched this for a long time as it turned west
and was gone out of sight. I was even watching it
through glasses, so I got a good look at it. But it
wasn't like anything I've ever seen. This was
triangular-shaped and made no noise whatsoever."
"The object was white with some black on it. Was
hard to tell. It was pretty high up. There wasn't a
cloud in the sky. When it came over our house, it was
moving fast but seemed to stop. I first thought it was a
military aircraft." (Email Form Report)
CIGAR-SHAPED UFO APPEARS
OVER NORTHERN ARIZONA
On Tuesday, September 10, 2002, at 7:40 p.m., B.H.
was on the deck outside her home in Prescott Valley,
Arizona (population 23,535), about 100 miles (160
kilometers) north of Phoenix, when she saw something
unusual in the sky.
"I usually sit on my deck at night to stargaze," she
reported, "This object, very large, cigar-shaped, was
approaching rapidly out of the northwest. When I observe
something like this, I fix my binoculars on a nearby star
to get an idea of the speed of the object. I tried this
four times but the craft was moving too fast."
"It had deep red and bright white lights pulsing
back and forth down the length of the craft that seemed
to be moving about as fast as the object itself was.
There was no sound as it flew low, as I have seen twin
engines (airplanes) do just taking off from our airport
nearby. I watched it disappear from sight to the
"Approximately five to six minutes later, I heard a
roar in the sky behind me (the east--B.H.) and turned to
see the strobing flash of two jet fighters dropping down
out of the sky to about the same altitude as the UFO.
They made a turn in the same direction (southeast) and
followed the same flight path out of sight."
The UFO's "exact speed unknown, but as fast as I
have seen jet fighters fly. It flew right over our
(Prescott Valley) airport, which is probably what
triggered the jet fighters being sent out." (Email Form
TRIANGULAR UFO FLIES OVER
A BRIDGE IN MONTREAL
The UFO flap in Canada's Quebec province continued
last week with a sighting over the Champlain Bridge in
On Friday, September 27, 2002, at 7:40 p.m., the
male witness "was driving on the Champlain Bridge, going
south. It was raining. I was in the middle lane and
almost on the high point of the bridge when I saw from
the corner of my eye what looked like a plane flying
extremely low, coming from my right (the west--J.T.)."
"As I was getting to the highest point of the bridge
(under the metal structure), the lights flew over the
bridge in a horizontal flight pattern. It slowed down
when crossing over the bridge. I then had a good look at
this light formation. It then increased speed, when it
broke its flight line (flight path--J.T.) at a right
angle, going up into the sky over St.-Lambert," Quebec,
"As I was driving under the (metal) structure, I
realized that what I was looking at was not a plane. The
light formation was not a plane or anything I had ever
seen before. It seemed that cars slowed down. I was
"The basic shape of the craft looked like a small
square which is wider at the top, almost like a truncated
triangle or a geometric U that widens halfway up."
(Editor's Note: Sort of like this...\_/...)
"The whole thing was the size of a small truck. I
have a feeling I was looking at the end of the craft
because I saw a light formation with lights that were
circular, flat and red, and the diameter of the lights
was the size of a dinner plate. Four lights on each side
and three lights at the bottom of the geometric U."
(Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for these
TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
NEAR WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
On Monday, July 15, 2002, "in the early morning
between 1 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a friend and I were going
out for a cigarette when my friend noticed something in
the sky," eyewitness J.C. reported, "It was triangular in
shape and extremely silent for an object hovering roughly
350 to 450 meters (1,155 to 1,485 feet) in the air. As
the object started moving, it made a slight 15-degree
turn right and then another 15-degree turn right before
going straight off into the cloudy night," eastward
towards Winnipeg, the largest city in Canada's Manitoba
"Color of the object seen was reddish-brown. It was
triangular in shape and fairly large (larger than a
single-engine plane--J.C.). Underneath the body was a
highly-definable boomerang shape. In the boomerang shape
were roughly five to seven glowing reddish balls that
illuminated the sky."
"The speed of the object was extremely slow. It was
practically hovering in one spot for four seconds before
it began moving. Last seen heading east of the city
"Coincidentally, my father, who was at work a few
weeks later, was listening to (Canadian radio station)
CJOB in the evening, when a caller called and reported
seeing the same type of object roughly around the same
time that we had seen ours." (Email Form Report)
UNUSUAL SKY BOOM HEARD
IN PORTLAND, MAINE
On Thursday, September 26, 2002, at 9:40 p.m.,
Morgan Cathbadh was at her home in Portland, Maine
(population 64,249) when a tremendous reverberating boom
rattled her house.
"This is not a sighting but a 'hearing'," Morgan
reported, "We had a big sonic boom, which lasted a very
long time. Several minutes, at least. Rolled along like
thunder. The reverberations shook the house. But it
wasn't a jet's sonic boom, and it wasn't thunder. It was
"We live near the airport. Sonic booms are common.
But this one was very different. There has been a lot of
UFO activity here in Portland, Maine since the 1980s.
Did anybody else hear it?" (Email Form Report)
MYSTERIOUS LIONS KILLED
IN QUITMAN, ARKANSAS
"Lisa Vaughan says her log cabin in the woods was so
peaceful that sometimes the only sound that could be
heard was the trees swaying in the wind."
"Now she's listening for lions."
"In the past week, four 600- to 800-pound African
lions believed to have some connection to a nearby exotic
animal farm have been killed near" Quitman, Arkansas
(population 714). "And residents say the terror may not
be over because no one knows for sure whether more lions
are on the loose."
"'I had a terrible headache, and my blood pressure
has been up...It's been a terrible ordeal,' says Vaughan,
whose husband, Johnny, killed two of the lions with his
30.06 (calibre) rifle."
"'Everybody is scared around here,' neighbor Arvil
Skinner says. 'People have to sit out with a high-
powered rifle just to let their kids play in the yard.
That's just how serious it is. It might be all right,
and it might not. They might still be out there. We
just don't know.'"
"The Vaughans say they believe that the lions belong
to animal farm operator Steve Henning, who moved in on
the other side of the patch of trees almost a year ago.
He brought with him 11 African lions, 30 tigers, five
mountain lions and a lynx."
"Henning says the lions killed in the woods were not
his. He speculates that someone who tried to give him
lions last week turned them loose on the 44-acre property
of Safari Unlimited, the lion and tiger farm he
"The farm is not open to the public, Henning says.
Aside from the pens where Henning keeps his (big) cats,
the property is not fully fenced."
"Neighbors express disbelief over Henning's
response. 'That really blows my mind how anyone could
believe that story,' Lisa Vaughan says."
"Henning was not able to give Cleburne County
Sheriff's deputies or the Arkansas Fish and Game
Commission the name of a person they could track down,
authorities say. 'Mr. Henning told us the guy goes by
different names, and he doesn't know where he lives,'
Deputy Jack Allen says."
"Sheriff Dudley Lemon, who has inspected Safari
Unlimited, says he thinks Henning is telling the truth.
But, he adds, believing Henning's story does mean more
big cats could be roaming the woods."
"Johnny Vaughan says he will be the first to
apologize to Henning if it's proven the lions that have
been killed didn't belong to him."
"But he and his neighbors in this town of 700 people
about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Little Rock want
local laws amended so that Henning can't keep lions and
tigers in their neighborhood."
A few days later, "The Turpentine Creek Wildlife
Refuge near Eureka Springs," Ark. (population 2,500)
"said it would accept 56 tigers, lions and other big cats
now living at Safari Unlimited."
"Four lions were shot and killed last week after
roaming free in the woods near Safari Unlimited...The
farm's owner said the animals weren't his." (See USA
Today for September 24, 2002, "Four lions killed; Ark.
town fears more are loose," page 9A., and USA Today for
September 27, 2002, "Arkansas," page 5A.)
(Editor's Note: In Forteana, this type of event falls
under the heading of phantom panthers. Black panthers
are the usual animals seen, caught or killed, but
occasionally it's lions or tigers. Classic phantom
panther cases include Pittsburgh, Pa. in July 1907;
Gardner, Mass. in December 1909 and Decatur, Illinois in
July 1917. More recently, in January 1999, an out-of-
place Siberian tiger was shot and killed in central New
Jersey. For more on this tiger, see UFO Roundup, volume
4, number 5 for February 1, 1999, "Mysterious tiger on
the prowl in New Jersey," page 6.)
BENGAL TIGER KILLED IN
"A 400-pound (1,000-kilogram) Bengal tiger escaped
from its owner's trailer and hid in shrubbery just
outside a residential neighborhood" in Bloomington,
Illinois (population 64,808) "for about eight hours
before police shot and killed it."
"Residents had been warned to stay indoors Saturday
morning," September 28, 2002, "while police and zoo
experts tried to capture the tiger using tranquilizer
"They fired four darts but failed to hit the tiger
and ended up shooting it when it tried to sneak away from
the area where officers had it cornered, Bloomington
Police spokesman Duane Moss said."
"The tiger had escaped from the trailer at a truck
stop about 5 a.m. and hid for most of the afternoon near
a six-foot (1.8-meter) high fence line just beyond homes.
Police shot it when it started toward a truck on which
two Illinois Conservation Officers were standing."
"Police said the escaped tiger belonged to a Texas
woman who was convicted in Illinois of endangering a
child after the tiger bit a young girl. Mary Jeane
Williams, 44, had been ordered by a judge on Thursday,"
September 26, 2002, "to remove the tiger from the state."
(See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 30,
2002, "Officials kill escaped tiger," page 2A.)
(Editor's Comment: Although, unlike Quitman, Arkansas,
this tiger's ownership and presence have been clearly
established, it's strange that we've had two "big cat"
episodes in the USA during the past week. Synchronicity,
The controversry over "switchover mode," UFO
Roundup's method of printing measurements in both English
and metric, generated a lot of reader responses. The
majority responding were in favor of keeping it, as
you'll see in the letters below:
READERS SAY, "KEEP METRIC!"
Jean Waskiewicz (USA) - "Joseph, I, for one,
appreciate the metric conversions and would like them
left in your newsletters. These conversons, as well as
your geographic notations, are a great help to me in
visualizing where the event took place. Please keep both
Gary Smith (USA) - "I think Bob was a little too
critical in his comment. I see you trying to put out
something of interest in your way related to what few
others try to do. It is easy to critique the cooking of
Dale Hoover (USA) - "Regarding Bob Reid's
complaints, please continue with the 'switchover mode.'
Those millions of us in the U.S. with just a public
school education are so lacking in geography knowledge,
metric system knowledge and so much more! Your
thoroughness in this regard is so very helpful and
appreciated. Perhaps Bob can just speed-read over the
parts that 'bug' him."
Peter van der Male (Australia) - "Please continue
with the metric measurements in your articles. Those of
us not used to Imperial (English in the USA--J.T.)
measurements and such are glad that you are taking the
time to put in the metric measurements. '14,000 feet'
means nothing to us, whereas in metric it's a little bit
Doris Render (USA) - "Don't listen to this guy. You
are trying to make things clearer for everyone. If I
already knew it--no harm. If I don't, you've taught me
something. I especially enjoy your historical stories at
the end. I really like them."
Jim Deardorff (USA) - "Regarding your question on
metric-English units, I wouldn't mind seeing your
inclusion of the metric units continue, myself. It's
subliminally educational for those who have fallen back
into depending only on English units and have forgotten
the metric, especially during the Bush years when only
the United States and our systems count."
Dr. Grey M. Woodman (South Africa) - "I am not too
proud to accept your help in translation from inches to
meters. Keep right on with the good work."
Jim Corbett (UK) - "Your cogent and thoughtful use
of crossover empirical and observation data is very well
accepted. Your readership is aware of both systems, but
the general mass only uses one of the two in their
everyday life...and having the familiar measure at our
immediate reference actually makes the intake of the data
much smoother than stopping to interface or convert the
data to the other format."
Rose Vrabel (USA) - "Keep them conversions coming.
I don't know a meter from a mile and really don't intend
to learn. You do a great job."
David Baker (USA) - "I like your use of the
'switchover mode,' even to the extent that I have adapted
it in some of my writing, as well. It adds to my
understanding of the story, and it conveys to me that you
have an interest in your readers. Thank you."
J.M. Kriek (South Africa) - "I personally appreciate
the explanations. I cannot make these conversions
(Editor's Comment: However, Bob Reid has his supporters,
too. Read on...)
BOB REID IS RIGHT. DUMP METRIC.
Sonya Porter (UK) - "By all means, tell the
Americans that a torch is a flashlight, but I should
forget about metric measurements. Even young children
still measure their height in feet and inches; try asking
a a teenager his chest size or a woman of any age her hip
size. Everyone can calculate in metric (which was
wrongly measured to begin with, back in the late 18th
Century and is not a division of the world's surface,
after all--S.P.) since it's been taught along with
Imperial for over a century. But people know what
Imperial is. Even the French still sell tomatoes and
bread in pounds and cut wood lengths to one metre, 20
centimetres so that it can be divided into thirds,
quarters, eighths, etc. And I gather that all sorts of
odd things are still sold and calculated in Imperial
because it is more practical. So--you can save space by
omitting metric in your reports!"
From the UFO Files...
1995: SAUCER LANDS IN
"On 15 September 1995, at 22 h 20 (10:20 p.m.) local
time, a black farmer, Mr. Peter Lachasa, notified Sgt.
Thobo of the Leribe Police Department that he found a
very strange-looking craft on his farm, which lay 12
kilometers (7 miles) west of the Madibamatso River in
(Editor's Note: Lesotho is a small independent nation
entirely surrounded by the nation of South Africa.)
"According to Mr. Lachasa, at 21 h 15 (9:15 p.m.)
local time, he heard a strange sound in the sky near his
farm which frightened his cattle and livestock.
Approximately two minutes later (9:17 p.m.) a dull
explosion was heard. The complainant then went outside
his house to investigate the cause."
"Friends of Mr. Lachasa, who also live in the
boundaries of his farm, informed him that they had been
watching a bright light in the sky that was slowly
descending on a course toward the Lesotho foothills.
According to the witnesses, the object exploded on
impact, giving off a series of blinding flashes."
(Editor's Note: From this point on, the Leribe Police
report refers to Peter Lachasa as "the primary witness.")
"According to the primary witness (Lachasa), an
electronic humming sound emanated from the craft, after
which the light around it diminished, and the object
became dull grey in colour. An intense heat field
surrounded the craft, which made close-up inspection by
the primary witness impossible. Dry grass in the area
was set alight by the intense field surrounding the
"Fearing that the craft might have injured
occupants, the primary witness decided to inform the
local police department at Leribe of the incident."
After Lachasa visited the Leribe police station, "at
22 h 34 (10:34 p.m.) local time, Sgt. Thobo and Constable
Nandi escorted the witnesses to the site to investigate
the complaint. On arrival the police officers made the
following entry into their Incident Report."
"(1) A large, round, disk-shaped object lay within
the boundaries of Mr. Lachasa's farm."
"(2) The object measured approximately 18 meters (60
feet) in length and 3 meters (10 feet) in height."
"(3) The object was dull grey in colour."
"(4) No windows/portholes or any form of entry/exit
could be seen on the craft."
"(5) The craft did not appear to have any external
damage breakage even though the terrain surrounding the
craft was severely disturbed."
"Sgt. Thobo radioed his observations to the Leribe
Police Department whilst on the site and was instructed
to return to the department and make an official report."
"At 00 h 15 (12:15 a.m., September 16, 1995) local
time, a Lesotho Government official was contacted, and a
report consisting of two pages was faxed to South African
Military Command, SAI Intelligence Unit in Bloemfontein
(South Africa) on authorization of the Lesotho
"The Intelligence Unit at 1 SAI received a fax from
the Lesotho Ministry of Defence in Maseru at 00 h 17
(12:17 a.m.) local time regarding a crash of an alleged
unidentified/unconventional flying object that impacted
on the farm of Mr. Peter Lachasa, a black cattle and
livestock farmer who is located 12 kilometers west of the
Madibamatso River near Leribe."
"Due to the nature of the incident, it was decided
to request information and possible confirmation from
military air traffic control in Bloemfontein on any
military/civilian aircraft in the sector at the time of
"It was noted that there was no aircraft in the area
other than a routine (South African) Air Force Puma
helicopter, which patrolled the South African/Lesotho
border approximately 30 minutes before the alleged
incident took place."
"Commander George Human from the Airborne Division
at 1 SAI/1 PARA (Parachute or Airborne--J.T.) Battalion
instructed an aerial assessment of the area in question.
Two (SAAF) Alouette rescue helicopters were sent into the
area. At 01 h 17 (1:17 a.m.) local time, Captain Manie
Louw reported that he was at the designated area and that
a fierce veldt (prairie in the USA--J.T.) fire had
engulfed the area."
Captain Louw "then went on to report his
observations of the area as follows:"
"(1) An area of approximately 400 square meters
engulfed in fire."
"(2) A disc-shaped, metallic-looking object of about
20 meters (66 feet) in length that seemed to be intact."
"(3) The terrain around the object was torn up and
severely disturbed by the impact."
"(4) Due to the fact that it was night, and smoke
from the fire obscured vision, clear observations could
not be made at the time."
"Captain Manie Louw was instructed to patrol/secure
the area until further instructions were given."
"Military Intelligence in Pretoria (South Africa's
capital--J.T.) was informed and instructed 1 SAI Intel
(Intelligence Unit) to maintain a sterile area of 150
meters (500 feet) around the craft, after which they will
take complete control over the situation."
"Third Battalion from 1 SAI Intelligence Unit was
flown to the area to guard/secure the object until
Foreign Technology Recovery Division from (SAAF) Valhalla
Air Force Base arrived at the site."
"At 03 h 47 (3:47 a.m.) local time, the area and
object was secured and Operation ROLD TSR came into
effect. Due to the fact that this was a military
intelligence operation dealing with an unidentifiable
foreign technology, all members of Third Battalion were
issued orders to arrest any intruders who strayed into
the secured area."
"The area remained sterile until Foreign Technology
Recovery Unit arrived at 05 h 55 (5:55 a.m.) local time."
(See Extra-Terrestrial Association Newsletter #3 for
1999, "Leribe Police Department Secret/Geheim Priority
Internal Report" and "Military Report, Military Command/1
SAI Intelligence Unit, Bloemfontein," pages 4 and 5.
Many thanks to Roger Day of South Africa's Extra-
Terrestrial Association for the copy of the newsletter.)
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