UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 8 Number 37
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 8, Number 37
October 1, 2003
Editor: Joseph Trainor
MUTATED RATS OVERRUN
FARMS IN KIRGHIZSTAN
"An unusual breed of rats is inflicting damage in
Kirghizstan's Dzhalal-Abad region."
"The rats are 'killing numerous farm birds, are
damaging grape and corn crops, and have destroyed 14
hectares of grain in one of the districts. These rats can
climb trees and are destroying apples, pears and other
"'The rat invasion may also give rise to different
epidemics,' (Kirghiz) Parliament member Dooronbek
Sadyrbayev told the Russian news agency Interfax."
"The rats frequently attack people and children are
"Sanitary resources are unable to deal with the
"'The enormous number of rats cannot be satiated,'
Sadyrbayev said, 'The rats are not susceptible to typical
"An Uzbek scientist bred the species by crossing an
ordinary rat wth a muskrat, he said."
"Parliament members asked the (Kirghiz) government to
resolve the problem."
Kirghizstan is a small country in central Asia north
of Afghanistan. (See the Iraqi newspaper Al-Ahali for
September 20, 2003. Many thanks to Mohammed Daud al-
Hayyat for this news story.)
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to Tom and Jerry Week here at
UFO Roundup. Not only do we have mystery rodents, we have
mystery cats, too!)
PHANTOM PANTHER ELUDES
AIR PATROLS IN ULSTER
"One of the most unusual police operations in
Northern Ireland began this morning," Wednesday, September
24, 2003, "as animal officers embarked on a big cat hunt
on the north (County) Antrim coast."
"Heat-seeking equipment and a helicopter are being
used in the latest attempt to capture the puma which has
been on the loose in the Ballybogey area for five weeks."
"USPCA (Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals--J.T.) experts armed with tranquilliser guns
joined PSNI (police) officers in the biggest hunt to date
to track the killer puma, which has mauled livestock and
terrorised the north Antrim farming community."
"However, it is feared that the animal may have to be
shot on sight by police marksmen in the interest of public
"USPCA officers are hoping that if the beast is
captured its owner can be identified and may be
"The puma is thought to have escaped from a private
collector who has not yet come forward to claim the
ownership of the animal."
"Today's search is focusing on a 10-mile (16-
kilometer) area between Ballycastle and Coleraine" in
Northern Ireland, "where the wild cat has been spotted on
"It is understood that the last known sighting of the
animal was at approximately 7 p.m. on Monday evening,"
September 22, 2003, "when it was seen stalking cattle near
"The elusive animal, which has killed four times,
appears to have been keeping a low profile in recent weeks
and no further killings have been reported to police."
"Local farmers are convinced that the animal is
living in a remote area of woodland known as the Virgin
Moss and say the beast is seen roaming in that location at
least once a day."
"The first sightings of the cat were reported in
early August (2003) in the Portrush, Portballintrae and
"A few days later, paw prints found in the area were
identified as being made by a mountain lion, possibly a
puma or panther."
"On 20 August, a farmer in the Bushmills area blamed
the cat for attacking a flock of sheep, killing a ram."
"Earlier in the week, police marksmen were called to
Cookstown in County Tyrone after a reported attack on a
However, the USPCA "said a black panther was living
near the village of Ballybogey, outside Portrush, and a
brown-coloured puma was roaming the hills near
Ballycastle." (See the Belfast Telegraph for September
24, 2003, "Hunt for big cat takes to the air." Many
thanks to UFO Roundup's phantom panther expert, Robert
Fischer, for this newspaper article.)
PHANTOM PANTHERS RUN
WILD IN SCOTLAND
Last week saw a big upsurge in the phenomenon known as
alien big cats (ABCs) (phantom panthers in the USA--J.T.)
"Two young sisters were frozen in fear when they
confronted a 'panther' in a forest on the Black Isle" in
Ross-shire, Scotland, UK.
"Josie Gaitens, 12, and sister Hannah, 8, were
walking in the woods near their village, Avoch, when they
saw something in the bushes and saw 'a large black head.'"
"The sighting is one of several in the area and has
heightened fears that that an escaped wild panther or puma
is roaming through Ross-shire."
"Two pensioners were shocked when they came face to
face with a big cat near their house."
"The couple were living near Kilmacolm when they
caught the beast in their headlights."
"They were so amazed by the incident, when they got
home they immediately notified the Scottish Big Cat
Society. They said they had never seen anything like it
"The animal was seen on the (motorway) B788 between
Cairncurran and Milton at around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday,"
September 14, 2003.
"It is described as being three feet (0.9 meters)
long and as tall as a fully grown Labrador (dog), a tawny
brown colour with small pointed ears."
Elsewhere in Scotland, "a large cat-like creature the
size of a collie-dog has been spotted in the Nairn area.
A couple reported seeing the beast in a field on the
(motorway) A96 northeast of Aulderan while driving from
their house in Elgin to Inverness."
"The pair, who do not want to be named, say they saw
the big cat while driving along the road between Broombank
and Gallows Hill at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday of this week
(September 17, 2003). The woman said they had just passed
Gallows Hill when her husband, who was driving, revealed
that 'there was a big black cat in the field.'"
"She said, 'I looked to his side of the road and saw
a pitch black cat walking slowly away from a house at the
edge of a hayfield. Its back was straight, and its head
was held down slightly lower than its back. It was
definitely a cat. A very big cat. The tail was very long
and held down with a curved-up tip. Its neck was long and
its head was surprisingly slow.'" (See the Scottish
newspapers Evening Express for September 13, 2003,
"Panther fear after sighting;" the Daily Express for
September 18, 2003, "Beastly encounter--couple comes face
to face with big cat on country road;" the Greenoch
Telegraph for September 18, 2003, "Mystery beast sighting
at Aulderan;" and the Aberdeen Press and Journal for
September 20, 2003, "Girls in panther ordeal." Again,
many thanks to Robert Fischer for his extensive coverage
of the phantom panther phenomenon.)
GIGANTIC SAUCER SEEN IN
On Monday, September 22, 2003, at 7:30 p.m., a family
in Ghanna, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, spotted a gigantic
dark disc hovering over their neighborhood.
Eyewitness Daryl, 32, a husband and father of two
children, reported, "This was not just a light in the sky.
It was a huge black 'thing' shaped like a disc."
The family "was driving north on Beaverbrook Road
around 7:30 p.m. as dusk was setting in. There was still
residual daylight visible when a massive aerial object
became apparent to them. The disc-shaped object was in
front of their car and slowly heading west, almost seeming
to float silently."
"At first I thought it was a shadow, but then I
understood it was in the sky, and I'm still trying to
comprehend what I saw," Daryl said, "I've never been a UFO
believer, but I cannot deny what I saw. It was massive."
According to Cincinnati ufologist Kenny Young, "The
immense object appeared directly in front of them and
occupied a space, from their perspective, that filled the
entire windshield of their 1994 Honda."
"The first thing I started looking for was wings. I
kept trying to see wings," Daryl said, "But there weren't
any. The object looked like it was just floating, really
low, just above the treetops."
Young added, "When first seen by the family, there
were lights around the object. The daughter thought they
were orange, while the wife said they were multiple-
colored lights. The lights that surrounded the disc-
shaped object were non-flashing but, more or less, changed
color 'in unison.'"
"What was very strange was when the lights went out,
and the object went totally black," Daryl said.
"It was just so huge. I still can't believe it," he
added, "At one point, it blocked out the sun, and we were
in its shadow. It was so low that the trees were blocking
it. It seemed like it took forever for the object to pass
because it was so slow. I could not discern any surface
material, structure or color. This thing was pitch black
after its lights went out. You couldn't see any surface
detail. It was a monster." (Many thanks to Kenny Young
of Cincinnati UFO Research for this report.)
TRIANGULAR UFO CAUGHT
ON VIDEO IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
On Sunday, September 21, 2003, at 3:30 p.m., Paul
Spera "was sitting at my window" at his home in Franklin,
New Hampshire (population 8,405) "and noticed the object
came down out of a cloud. It looked strange, so I ran and
got my camera and videotaped the object."
The UFO "consisted of 3 to 5 white balls of light
shaped in a line and then in a triangle. The lights also
turned different colors on the tape. The UFO was no more
than 1,000 feet (300 meters) up and traveled to the west
at a rapid pace."
Franklin, N.H. is at the intersection of Routes 3 and
11 approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of
Concord, the state capital. (Email Form Report)
HOVERING DAYLIGHT DISC
SPOTTED IN NEW MEXICO
On Friday, September 19, 2003, at 2 p.m., trucker
Steve Goldman "was traveling south on Eubank Boulevard,
from Montgomery Boulevard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
(population 448,607)" when he spotted "a stationary UFO."
"For about 30 to 40 minutes, I observed a strange,
visibly-white orb or disc-shaped object suspended
absolutely motionless over the Sandia Labs."
"It was a really-white semi-transparent disc or orb-
shaped object with three cylindrical protrusions jutting
from the bottom on one side of the craft. The bottom
right-hand side of the craft. It was at 10,000 feet
(3,000 meters) in altitude and absolutely motionless."
"My observation lasted about 20 minutes. When I got
home, I ran in to get my binoculars to get a closer look."
Albuquerque, N.M.is on Interstate Highways I-25 and
I-40, located 58 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of Santa
Fe. (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Note: The Sandia National Labs are the one of
the most important nuclear energy research sites operated
by the U.S. Department of Defense.)
SILVER SPHERE UFO SEEN
IN HUGO, OKLAHOMA
On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at 2 p.m., Larry W.
Taylor and his wife "went to town to check the mail at the
Hugo, Oklahoma post office and to eat at our favorite
Circus City diner."
"After eating, we were driving home from Hugo, when
my wife said, 'What is that!?'" Larry reported.
"She pointed up toward the sky. It was just about 3
p.m., and the sky was clear and sunny. Just a slight
breeze from the north. I looked up through the windshield
and saw a bright silver orb or ball-shaped object. It was
very clearly visible and bright silver. Just my guess,
but maybe it was 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) in the sky and
"We watched it for three to four minutes, and I drove
home and was thinking, Why didn't I have a camera?"
"After that three to four minutes, the color went
from bright silver to dull grey, and it was not visible
Hugo, Okla. (population 5,536) is on the Indian
Nation Turnpike about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of
McAlester. (Many thanks to Jim Hickman and John
Schuessler for this report.)
FLASHING MYSTERY LIGHTS
SIGHTED IN WISCONSIN
On Thursday, September 18, 2003, at 9:45 p.m., the
female witness reported, at their home in Westfield,
Wisconsin (population 1,217), "My husband went out to the
upper deck to smoke. He came back in and got me up.
'You're not gonna believe this.'"
"I looked up and saw these flashing lights: red,
green, orange, yellow, blue... flashing! We watched them
through the telescope and binoculars. They didn't seem to
move, except up and down."
"The next night (Friday, September 19, 2003), there
were two of them. Same bright colors and flashing. I
called the air-to-ground missile range the next day
(Saturday, September 20, 2003) to see if they were doing
anything, and they said they don't have anything like
Westfield, Wis. is just west of Interstate Highway I-
39, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of
Madison, the state capital. (Many thanks to John and
Jenny Hoppe of UFO Wisconsin for this report.)
RECTANGULAR UFO SEEN
TWICE IN QUEENSLAND
On Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at 8:40 p.m., a woman
named "Louise said she had seen a UFO on her way home from
shopping while driving on the Brisbane Valley highway" in
Borallon, near Lowood, Queensland, Australia.
"Louise said the object was enormous. It had a black
base and covered the entire road. It was a box-shaped UFO
with a searchlight in front and red lights down the
Louise's twin sister, Tracy, "rang her to say, 'Sis,
you're not going to believe this, but I saw a UFO on my
way home from work.'"
Tracy's sighting took place at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 16, 2003. "Tracy told Louise that she saw the
UFO over the Borallon area near Lowood." (Many thanks to
John Hayes and Diane Harrison of the Australian UFO
Research Network for these reports.)
BROWN GOOP FALLS FROM
THE SKY IN NEW ZEALAND
"Victims of unidentified offensive brown muck
showering people, houses and cars are popping up all over"
"Many are blaming aircraft sewage, but no one knows
what the splatter is or where it is from."
"Hamilton roofer Peter Lowe observed a two-metre (6
feet, 6 inch) wide strip of brown muck splattered across
the roof he was building in Te Awamutu
when he turned up for work on Tuesday," September 23, 2003.
"'I've been doing this for 17 years, and I've never
seen anything like it,' he said."
"He is the latest in what is emerging to be a string
"Shonnie Gordon's Takapu Valley farmhouse, near Tawa,
Wellington," on New Zealand's North Island, "was showered
with muck on Sunday," September 14, 2003.
"Certain an aeroplane was to blame, she called the
(New Zealand) Civil Aviation Authority. Their tests ruled
"Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Bill Sommer said
he received seven more calls from people in Christchurch,
Palmerston North, Wellington and Hutt claiming to have
been showered by gunk in the past month."
"A number of farmers suggested ducks were
responsible, and an Auckland man said he had been showered
with what proved to be duck droppings."
"Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Ms.
Gordon took her own sample to a laboratory for testing.
Sadly, the results came back inconclusive yesterday."
"'I'm disappointed, but it's just one of those
things,' she said."
"Another victim, who does not want to be identified,
has also come forward. His family home on Paekakariki
Hill Road was hit 11 years ago."
"While he searched the sky for the 'giant seagull,'
he quickly removed downpipes (drainpipes in the USA--J.T.)
from his roof, upon which he depended for water."
"'It was analysed, and they said it was definitely
poo,' he said."
"He never saw a plane but believes one was the
culprit as the substance had a chemical smell reminiscent
of the long drop (outhouse in the USA--J.T.) he used as a
"Wellington Zoo Trust bird and reptile expert Geert
van Eyken said it was probably a flock of the biggest
birds in New Zealand, relieving themselves
in unison, that could have caused the latest messes."
"'Birds also drop stuff when they fly...but if it
were birds, it would have been more spattered,' he said."
(See the Dominion Post of New Zealand for September 25,
2003, "More mystery showers of unidentified muck." Many
thanks to T. Peter Park for this newspaper article.)
GALILEO ENDS ITS EPIC
"NASA's aging Galileo spacecraft deliberately plunged
into Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere Sunday," September 21,
2003, "bringing a fiery conclusion to a 14-year $1.5
billion exploration of the solar system's largest planet
and its moons."
"The unmanned spacecraft, travelling at nearly
108,000 miles per hour, was torn apart and vaporized by
the heat and friction of its fall through the clouds after
it dove into the (Jovian) atmosphere at 2:57 p.m. Eastern
"At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hundreds of
scientists, engineers and their families counted down the
last seconds before the spacecraft ended its 2.8-billion-
mile journey from Earth."
"'We haven't lost a spacecraft, we've gained a new
stepping stone in exploration,' said John Torrance, the
mission's project scientist."
"Rosaly Lopes, another scientist on the mission,
called Galileo's descent 'a spectacular end to a
"'Personally, I am a little sad. I had the time of
my life on Galileo and I'm a little sad to say goodbye to
an old friend,' Lopes added."
"Despite the glitches that plagued Galileo since its
1989 launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, it was one
of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's
most fruitful missions."
"During its thrice-extended mission, Galileo
discovered the first moon of an asteroid, witnessed the
impact of a comet into Jupiter and provided firm evidence
of salty oceans on three of the planet's moons.
Scientists consider one of the three, Europa, the most
likely place in the solar system to harbor
"Among the most stunning of the 14,000 images
returned by Galileo were those of the moon Io. Galileo
caught some of the moon's more than 150 volcanoes actively
spewing lava and plumes of dust and gas."
"'It had more surprises, better stuff waiting to be
discovered than we ever could have imagined,' said Andy
Ingersol, a Jupiter scientist at the California Institute
"The last of Galileo's science measurements arrived
on Earth after the spacecraft was destroyed, taking 43
minutes to cross half a billion miles at the speed of
"'I just can't believe the spacecraft collected data
all the way in,' said a tearful Claudia Alexander,
Galileo's seventh and last project manager."
"NASA initially considered leaving Galileo in orbit
after it depleted its onboard store of fuel, which was
used to trim its course on each of its 35 spins around
"Instead" NASA "opted to crash the 3,000-pound
Galileo to eliminate the possibility it could smack into
the watery moon Europa and contaminate it with any
microbes aboard. Were Earth bugs to survive on Europa,
they could compromise future attempts to probe the moon
for indigenous life, scientists feared."
"NASA intends to return to Jupiter in a decade with
another unmanned spacecraft called the Jupiter Icy Moons
Orbiter." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
September 22, 2003, "Galileo ends its mission in a blaze
of glory," page 4A.)
Another mysterious electrical blackout occurred last
week, this time denying power to four million people in
Denmark and Sweden.
"A power outage left nearly 4 million people without
electricity in eastern Denmark and southern Sweden.
Utility officials said the outage was caused by a faulty
transmission line separating the two countries."
"Power was being gradually restored after three
hours" of blackout on Tuesday, September 23, 2003.
"Trains in Denmark's driverless subway system stopped and
passengers had to be evacuated. Flights to Copenhagen
airport were diverted to Sweden. And the Oresund bridge
and tunnel, which connects Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden,
was closed to traffic." (See USA Today for September 24,
2003, "4 million lose power in Denmark, Sweden," page
BETTY HILL IS AILING, SO
SEND THOSE LETTERS
Betty Hill, "the world's first alien abductee, just
celebrated the 42nd anniversary of her abduction--and it
might be her last."
"Friends of Betty Hill say the 84-year-old, who
currently lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is suffering
from lung cancer."
"That didn't stop her from recently celebrating the
42nd anniversary of her abduction," which took place near
Littleton, New Hampshire on September
"On that night, Betty and her husband, Barney, were
reportedly taken aboard a disc-shaped craft and given a
medical examination by a group of aliens," the Zeta
"Mrs. Hill claims her extraterrestrial examiners were
bald, big-eyed, only 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall but
otherwise looked human."
"Most people don't like being probed, but Mrs. Hill
says the examination wasn't bad and told the E.T.s to stop
UFO Roundup readers who want to send Betty a letter
or a get-well card can reach her at this address:
Mrs. Betty Hill
753 State Street
From the UFO Files...
1940: THE MAN WITH NO FACE
If there's a Nostradamus Award for "Best Paranormal
Comedy," then Fortean writer/researcher John Michell is a
cinch to win. And he'll win it with this tale...
"A form of conspiracy theory was already well-
established among us, thanks to government propaganda. It
was during the Second World War and spy mania was raging.
The public had been instructed to watch out for mysterious
strangers, lights, signalling and other indications of
enemy espionage. This call was most warmly responded to
by schoolboys. A popular tale in magazines of the time
was of brave boys unmasking a German agent, and a spy-
catching craze swept the boarding schools of Britain."
"The authorities, not being readers of boys' comics,
had no idea what was going on. Thus many odd incidents
"At Wellesley preparatory school at Broadstairs, it
became obvious to the pupils that their Latin master was a
German spy. He bore a peculiar resemblance to an
obnoxious gauleiter depicted in The Hotspur, and a skin
ailment had given his face the colour and texture of
(Editor's Note: In commercials on USA network television,
this condition is sometimes called "the heartbreak of
"It was therefore assumed he was wearing a mask."
"Little Heathcote Williams, future poet and
playwright, took on the task of exposing him. During
Latin class he rose from his desk, ran up to the master
and began scrabbling at his face."
"It's a fake!" the boy yelled, "Let's see what you
really look like!"
"Even as he did so, the absurdity of the whole thing
became suddenly apparent to him, but it was too late to
turn back. The rest of the class urged him on with cries
of 'Spy!' until the master lost his nerve and bolted for
"The headmaster was unable to make sense of what had
happened so no one was punished."
Having the last word was Inspector Hugh MacBride of
the C.I.D.: "And there'll be no more of that, thank you
very much!" (See the book Eccentric Lives, Peculiar
Notions by John Michell, Black Dog and Leventhal
Publishers, New York, N.Y., 1999, pages 62 and 63.)
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