UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 9
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 9
March 2, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
DAYLIGHT DISCS TRIGGER
MAJOR FLAP IN UK
Sunday, February 20, 2005, turned out to be "Invasion
Day" for the United Kingdom as daylight discs appeared in
four separate locations within minutes of each other.
Mike Taylor was driving along the (motorway) A39 in
Somerset, near Bridgwater, when he had his encounter.
Mike reported, "I was taking my son, in the car, to his
rugby club on Sunday, 20th February. It was about 9:55
a.m. We were travelling along the A39 toward Bridgwater.
It was a clear blue sky, the weather was cold but bright,
and the sun was behind us."
"I noticed an object in the sky. I initially thought
it was a low-flying (RAF) fighter jet plane. (They
sometimes fly over our area--M.T.) travelling behind the
trees at about 1,000 feet (300 meters). I pointed this
out to my son and said, 'Oh, look at that!'"
"As it cleared the trees, we got our first clear look
at it. But it was nothing like any plane I had seen
before. It was a silvery object with a hint of a light
shade of green/blue. It was travelling very, very fast in
a straight line and had a short white vapour trail."
"As we watched it (travelling in a north to northwest
direction--M.T.), it just seemed to melt away (disappear)
leaving behind the vapour trail which gradually dissolved.
My son, who is 8, said, 'Wow! It just turned into
"I was completely flabbergasted and slightly scared
by what I saw. It was very real and quite big, but I must
have seen it for only 4 or 5 seconds. We had a CD on in
the car (not too loud--M.T.) but I heard no noise. If it
was a jet, I'm sure I would have heard something."
"This is not a hoax, though I am sure I would not
believe it if someone told me this account--I personally
do not believe in little green men, but I cannot think of
what it might have been. I crave a second and longer look
at it, if you know what I mean."
At 9:54 a.m., Lyn R. was at Boothtown, Halifax, West
Yorkshire, when she spied "a strange object approaching
from the south, from the direction of Halifax. My partner
was sitting beside our front window when he shouted, 'Look
at that!' By the time I had arrived, though, the object
"So it was only visible for one-and-a-half seconds.
He said it was a strange greeny-white colour with a trail
behind as a plane would have. But it moved far too
quickly. I have just tracked a plane covering the same
distance, and it took 15 seconds (Meaning the UFO was
traveling at an estimated 6,500 miles per hour--J.T.)
Does a fighter jet run 10 times faster than a plane? Were
there any RAF planes flying at this time?"
"My partner and I have also seen a few strange
objects over the last ten years in Todmorden and
Boothtown/Queensbury, so now we've decided to report each
sighting immediately. We'd be interested to see if anyone
else in the area observed this."
At 9:58 a.m. on "Invasion Sunday," eyewitness P.E.
was at Elworth, Sandbach, Cheshire when "the UFO
approached from the south. It appeared as a small flash
to the left as it came into my sight. Tail of light green
although the head was white. It was seen for a couple of
seconds, travelling faster than a plane. It was on a
horizontal flight path against a blue sky. No vapour
trail. Not like anything I have ever seen before. Sort
of a bullet appearance. A few thousand feet up, heading
over house tops. I was not looking straight up."
At 9:57 a.m. the same morning, eyewitness A.M. was
"travelling along the (motorway) A470 between Llanidloes
and Llangurig in central Wales. It was travelling west
across the sky. It simply disappeared or burnt itself
out. Two of us saw it while travelling south along the
A470. A very bright yellow and violet, not very large but
a longish shape. Travelling at rocket speed across the
sky. It lasted maybe a couple of seconds. No idea of the
height but quite high." (Many thanks to Canadian
ufologist Brian Vike for these reports.)
HOVERING NIGHT SAUCER
SEEN IN TASMANIA
"Investigators are perplexed by the sighting of a
hovering, saucer-like object by three men in Australia's
island state of Tasmania."
"The report falls into the five percent of UFO
sightings that cannot be explained, an official in
Tasmania said yesterday (Saturday, February 19, 2005)."
"'We checked up with the airport, helicopter
companies, the navy and the Department of Defence and hit
a block on all of them,' said Keith Roberts, coordinator
of UFO Reports and Sightings-Tasmania."
"The report Monday night (February 14, 2005) was made
by a 43-year-old man from Kingston, Australia who was
driving in Tasmania's Midland Highway with his sister and
a friend. The woman, who said she was inclined not to
believe in aliens, reported they first spotted a bright
light but moments later the light appeared to be heading
"She said the object was about half the size of a
house and had one red pulsating light on one side and a
similar blue light on the other. The woman got out of the
car after pulling over and, within minutes, the object was
only about 300 yards (270 meters) from them and hovering
100 feet (30 meters) above the ground."
"The witness told the paper (Hobart Mercury) that as
the craft came towards them, it appeared to be shaped like
an oblong Australian football. But as it grew nearer, she
surmised that it was a saucer shape."
"Roberts said there was a similar sighting in the
area in the 1970s when a driver saw a bright mass of light
before his car went dead. At the moment, he said, the
latest mystery in unexplained, and he hopes others will
come forward with information." (See the Hobart, Tasmania
Mercury for February 19, 2005, "Mystery of UFO deepens."
Many thanks to Nathan Lockhart for this newspaper
CYLINDER-SHAPED UFO SEEN
OVER KIRKLAND, WASH.
On Friday, February 18, 2005, at 4 p.m., Mario L. was
driving through his hometown of Kirkland, Washington
(population 45,054) when he spotted something unusual in
"It was a sunny day and no clouds," Mario reported,
"The object was on the east side as we were traveling
south. The object was just floating on the air for like
about two or three minutes and then took off at a fast
speed. We were facing south when we suddenly hit a curve,
and that's when I decided to turn my head. And there it
was in the sky."
"I was inside my friend's car, and we were going home
from work. That's when I saw this shiny object in the
sky. The object was shaped like a pencil. The color was
silver and I think it had a reflection of the sun on it.
The object was about the same height (altitude) as an
Kirkland, Wash. is on the eastern shore of Lake
Washington, on Interstate Highway I-405 about 12 miles (20
kilometers) northeast of Seattle. (Email Form Report)
LARGE UFO SIGHTED IN
THE CALIFORNIA DESERT
On Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 1 a.m., Paul T. was
outdoors in Desert Hot Springs, California (population
16,582) when he saw "the UFO approach from the west. Too
dark out to see any shape. It was 8,000 feet (2,400
meters) or higher, moving slower than an airplane but it
sounded a lot like one. Had a long row of very bright
lights along the side, with three large and also very
bright lights to the rear and on the same level as the row
lights. The three bright lights to the rear were spaced,
and the other two were as far apart as the 'side' row was
long. Also, the three lights were aimed back in the
direction it came."
"The (Little San Bernardino) mountains in the area
are between 9,000 and 12,000 feet (2,700 to 3,600 meters).
I am sure it was a lot lower than that. Don't know what
it was as I've never seen an aircraft with three 'landing
lights' let alone pointed back! The object's height was
about 7,000 to 8,000 feet (2,100 to 2,400 meters) and it
was going maybe 80 miles per hour (128 kilometers per
Desert Hot Springs, Cal. is just east of Highway 62,
located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Palm
Springs. (Email Form Report)
THREE DAYLIGHT DISCS
SIGHTED IN CLEVELAND
On Tuesday, January 18, 2005, Gary Kubalski was at
his home near Rocky River Drive in Cleveland, Ohio
(population 478,403) when he spotted something strange.
"I woke up at approximately 10 a.m. on the morning of
January 18," Gary reported, "It's unusual for me to wake
up this late. I looked out my second-floor bedroom window
to an awfully bright January day of clear blue skies."
"I immediately noticed two grey luminescent disks the
size of nail heads traveling in formation at a high
altitude, separated a football field apart, moving in an
east to west direction. I knew I was witnessing something
unique, because traveling in the same direction were
several planes in the morning sky, one east, another
southeast, and the area where I live is close to the air
traffic routes to and from Cleveland Hopkins International
Airport. As the disks had no visible wing shape and
traveled in a swift, steady and straight motion as if on
an imaginary string in mid-air, perfectly stable while
going from east to west."
"They eventually disappeared gradually into the
horizon, blending into the clouded sky to the west."
"I continued watching and, after a minute or two, a
single silver disk appeared, traveling the same flight
path by itself. I was still wondering about what I was
seeing and questioning its validity when this craft made a
striking stop in mid-air, hovering still for about five
seconds, then made what I could only describe as an 'Etch-
A-Sketch' (zigzag) course change by making a 90 degree
change to the south for a few hundred feet, followed by a
lightning-fast 90 degree course change with no gradual
deviation, no radius, no curving or banking of its bodily
The third disc "then traveled even for some time,
then reversed course back to its original heading, again
disappearing into the haze of horizon. The whole event
with the three disks took about 10 minutes." (Email Form
TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
OVER AURORA, ILLINOIS
On Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at 8:30 p.m., the male
witness was outdoors at his home in Aurora, Illinois
(population 142,990) when he spotted something unusual in
the sky, approaching from the southwest.
"I was in my backyard, having a cigarette when I
noticed something in the sky," he reported, "It was a very
overcast night, and the city lights illuminated the clouds
pretty well that night. I was facing east and the object
came out of the southwest and was out in front of me at
about a 90 degree angle. The object was just above the
ceiling of clouds, and I could make out the shape of a
triangle through the clouds. There was no noise and no
lights that I could see, but I could see the shape very
distinctly because of the lights from the city."
"The object continued on a northeasterly path, moving
at a high rate of speed. How fast, I'm not sure, but the
whole event took about three seconds, so it was moving
good. It flew in a straight line, no deviation, again,
that I could see. The trees around my house have no
leaves on them, so I could see the whole sky pretty well.
I tracked it until it was out of sight."
"I'd have to say the object was bigger than a
commercial airliner and was flying at about 300 to 500
feet (90 to 150 meters) off the ground. Very low as the
cloud cover was very low that night, also."
"The distance it covered from when I first saw it
till I couldn't was about one mile (1.6 kilometers). As
for the speed, all I can say is that it was fast. If I
had to guess, I'd have to say 300 to 400 miles per hour
(480 to 640 kilometers per hour)."
Aurora, Illinois is just south of Interstate Highway
I-88, located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of
Chicago. (Many thanks to Brian Vike for this report.)
HOVERING UFO SEEN IN
On Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at 6:05 a.m., Angela
Ross walked into the kitchen of her home in Killeen, Texas
(population 86,911). She reported, "I had been up a few
short minutes making my tea. I started to fill up the
pitcher with water and looked out" the window "at the sky,
as it was still dark at this time. I saw what I thought
was a full moon at the top of some trees, but then saw the
bright object move away from the trees."
"It zigzagged and then disappeared into thin air
right before my eyes. I was facing west. The object was
white and round and very bright. It was moving probably
30 to 40 miles per hour (48 to 64 kilometers per hour)."
Killeen, Texas is on Highway 190 about 30 miles (48
kilometers) southwest of Waco. The town is just south of
the U.S. Army's Fort Hood. (Email Form Report)
CYLINDRICAL UFO VISITS
MEXICO CITY'S SUBURBS
"On (Thursday) February 17, 2005, I witnessed the
transit of an unidentified flying object over the eastern
regions of Mexico City," ufologist Ana Luisa Cid Fernandez
reported, "I was writing an article on my computer when
something made me turn to the left and look out the
window. It was an elongated structure of considerable
size, visible to the unaided eye, which traveled
horizontally at great speed."
"When I reached for my camcorder to shoot some video,
the brilliant structure made a sudden reverse motion and
hid behind the rooftops. I remained patient and waited
for it to emerge, obtaining some good images."
"I would have wanted to follow its trajectory, but my
young daughter was asleep, so I contacted my colleagues so
they could continue tracking the strange flying object."
The UFO left Mexico City, crossing Route 136 just
north of Aztahuacan and Los Reyes. It was last seen
heading for Ixtapaluca and the ancient Toltec ruins at
Tlapacoya. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Ana Luisa
Cid Fernandez para estas noticias.)
DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED
IN CHILE'S FAR SOUTH
On Sunday, February 20, 2005, "around 3 p.m., Walter
Jara and his cousin, Luis Aguilar, saw a UFO fly over a
mountain, Cerro Hornopiren," near Puerto Montt, a city on
the Golfo de Ancud in Chile's far south.
"According to Jara's account, the UFO flew over the
summit before his startled eyes and, a few seconds later,
he gathered his wits and managed to take a digital
photograph of the object."
"Jara said that at the moment of the photograph he
was not aware that it was a flying object. He was
surprised a few minutes later. At first he thought it
could have been a spot on the camera lens."
"But after keeping the UFO in sight for 60 seconds,
his perspective and that of his camera had changed."
"According to his story, the flying saucer was not
visible in plain sight. However, when he zoomed the
camera lens, he was able to see the object clearly."
"'It was a moment of wonder and amazement,' said
Jara, 'The day was clear and cloudless. The object
oscillated violently in the sky. I saw that it was not a
bird because they move differently.'"
"He added that the UFO was grey in color and oval-
"Jara's friend, Fernando Garces, said that his family
lives in Hornopiren and has never seen any object with the
characteristics witnessed by Walter Jara. The Meteorology
Office at Puerto Montt's Tepual Airport dismissed the
possibility that weather balloons could be involved, since
these are launched at 8 a.m. and fly over the area for a
maximum time of two hours."
"According to weather official Gaston Munoz, by 11
o'clock (a.m.) the (weather) ballons have burst." (See
the Chilean newspaper El Llanhique for February 21, 2005,
"Eyewitness saw UFO flying over Cerro Hornopiren for 60
seconds." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Liliana Nunez
Orellana por este articulo de diario.)
MOUNTAIN CLIMBER SNAPS
UFO PHOTO IN ARGENTINA
"An unidentified flying object of prodigious size,
silver in color and with the characteristic shape of the
so-called 'flying saucers,' was photographed with a high-
definition camera by a Buenos Aires mountaineer during an
ascent of Nevado de Cachi" mountain in northwestern
Argentina, "one of the greatest challenges for South
"The photograph, of extraordinary clarity, was taken
while the sportsman was at Las Pailas, an inhabited
location halfway up the summit at an elevation of 3,500
meters (11,550 feet) above sea level, which includes the
ruins of an ancient (pre-Columbian) Chalchaqui
"The protagonist of the event was Guillermo Martin,
an instructor with the Buenos Aires-based Entrenamientos
de Montana (Spanish for Mountain Trainee --J.T.) club."
"The photo was taken in November 2004 but was made
known only last week. 'I didn't realize I had taken the
shot until I saw it as a print,' Martin said, 'We
researched it with speculations, and there was no error or
damage to the systems. Nor does it appear that the object
was the result of an undesired chemical reaction of some
"What the camera did record, for no reason, perhaps
due to the 'thing's' speed, could not be seen by human
eyes, according to the sportsman, who forwarded the
startling images to Antonio Zuleta, a Cachi UFO
researcher, also an enthusiastic mountaineer and host of a
radio show on FM Radio San Jose. He also managed to send
the object on a videotape."
"Cachi, located 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the
provincial capital" of Salta "and some 2,200 meters (7,260
feet in elevation) high, has become a worldwide center of
interest for lovers of this mysterious and intriguing
"Martin has returned to this locale once more since
last week and is attempting a new ascent of El Nevado de
Cachi," which stands "6,380 meters (21,004 feet) above sea
level, this time with a team of eight mountaineers."
"'The day I took the photos--around noon--the skies
were clear, cloudless, the sun was shining, there was no
sound and the temperature was quite pleasant,' Martin told
Zuleta, who in turn forwarded a transcript of the
sportsman's statements to El Tribuno."
Salta, capital of the province of the same name, is
located 800 kilometers (500 miles) northwest of Buenos
Aires, the capital of Argentina. (See the Argentinian
newspaper El Tribuno for February 24, 2005, "Mountain
climber photographs a large UFO." Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Mercedes Casas por este articulo de diario.)
HUGE OVAL UFO APPEARS
A huge oval UFO with blue lights was seen hovering
over towns in southern Saskatchewan province, Canada,
which are famous for their previous outbreaks of crop
According to Canadian ufologist Barb Campbell, "A
gentleman in North Battleford, Sask. at 10 p.m. on Monday,
February 21, 2005, reported 'a very large, bright,
greenish-blue round object travelling northwest to
southeast' over the city of North Battleford. He
described the object as 'travelling slower than a falling
star and unlike any plane' he has ever seen. It appeared
as though it had travelled toward the hospital. The
gentleman almost jumped into his car to drive down to the
river to see if it had landed. The object then
disappeared over the horizon."
"At 10:15 p.m., a woman in Midale, Sask. happened to
notice something outside her window. She yelled to her
husband, 'Look out the window!' The husband then saw a
large silver object emitting a green glow travel right
past the window."
"The husband described it as 'big, oval in shape,
travelling at high speed just above the trees across the
alley.' The wife said the object seemed to be rotating as
it moved. The bedroom window faces northeast, and the
object was travelling in a southerly direction."
"The whole event took place within a matter of two or
three seconds. A silverish-white trail was seen behind
the object. There are houses on the other side of the
alley. It was determined that the object was no more than
a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from these houses."
"When questioned, the husband held an orange up to
his line of sight at the window, adding that this is how
big the UFO was."
"At the time of the incident, no electrical
interference had been noticed. However, the next morning
(Tuesday, February 22, 2005), when the husband was getting
ready for work, he was unable to listen to the Environment
Canada broadcast on VHF frequency 162.400 Megaherz."
"Indeed, the SaskTel tower was off the air Tuesday
and Wednesday (February 22 and 23, 2005) following. There
is a major power grid close to Midale, approximately 2
miles (3.2 kilometers) away, coming from a coal-generating
power plant at Estevan," 25 miles (40 kilometers)
southeast of Midale.
The oval UFO is believed to have crossed the border
into the USA just east of Ambrose, North Dakota
(population 17), a village on Highway 43 located about 70
miles (116 kilometers) north-northwest of Minot, N.D.
(Many thanks to Barb Campbell for these news stories.)
(Editor's Note: Extraterrestrials have a strange affinity
for the name Ambrose. In the Twentieth Century, people
who were taken away and never brought back included
Ambrose J. Beirce (1913), Ambrose Small (1922), Ambrose
Dexter (1937) and Ambrose Allen Jr. (1964).)
[A map showing the path of the object is available at:
http://www.nwsurc.com/ssr-04-37.htm . Anyone having seen
anything unusual Monday February 21, 2005 is asked to
contact NWSURC at 306-893-4009 or iva e-mail at:
contactus@... - John @ UFOINFO].
OUT-OF-PLACE TIGER SHOT
IN MOORPARK, CALIFORNIA
"That wasn't just any big cat prowling near the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library" in Moorpark,
California (population 31,415)--it was a tiger."
"The big cat was shot and killed Wednesday," February
23, 2005, "just a few hundred yards from school soccer and
baseball fields near a housing development, said Lorna
Bernard, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish
"State wildlife trackers had been searching for the
animal for more than a week using infrared equipment and
setting traps with goat meat and chickens."
"Bernard said it was 'unfortunate' the tiger had been
"On the other hand, she said it's more unfortunate
the tiger's owner didn't come forward right away, when it
would have been easier to catch it."
"The hunt began after discovery of huge paw prints on
a ranch near the Reagan library. The size of the tracks
indicated the animal weighed as much as 600 pounds. The
animal's body was removed in a net carried by helicopter."
Florida had a "strange tiger" incident, as well.
In Wellington, Florida (population 38,216), "a 500-
pound Bengal tiger roamed free for more than two hours
inside a sanctuary after managing to escape from his cage
that wasn't fully latched after a feeding. Tristan, a 4-
year-old tiger, was tranquilized by wildlife officials.
The tiger never made it outside of the sanctuary."
(See the Los Angeles Times for February 24, 2005, "Tiger
killed near Reagan library," and USA Today for February
28, 2005, "Around the USA--Florida," page 13A. Many
thanks to Tiffany Burton for these newspaper articles.)
(Editor's Note: For more on out-of-place lions and tigers
in the USA, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 40 for
October 1, 2002, "Mysterious lions killed in Quitman,
Arkansas," page 4; and UFO Roundup, volume 4, number 5 for
February 1, 1999, "Mysterious tigers on the prowl in New
Jersey," page 6.)
ICE FALLS FROM THE SKY
IN DECATUR, ILLINOIS
"The sky, apparently, is falling. Its point of
impact: the backyard of William and Anna Mae Beals at 6060
Thomas Road," Decatur, Illinois (population 81,860).
"A slab of ice the size of a concrete block hurtled
from the heavens Wednesday morning," February 23, 2005,
"toward their house in southeast Decatur. Fortunately, no
one was hurt."
"But their neighbors were shaken when they saw the
chilly visitor land."
"Dolores Scribner was sipping coffee and watching
birds out her backyard window with her sister and cousin
when a white flash descended toward the earth."
"'We were shocked,' said her sister, Jo Ann Wheeler."
"'I've never seen anything like that before in my
life,' said her cousin, Joyce Wetzel."
"So where did the icy chunk come from?"
"'I don't have a clue,' said a puzzled Anna Mae
"Could it have fallen from an airplane's wing?
That's unlikely, aviation experts say. Ice can cause
serious problems if not removed from a plane's wings."
"'We take great pains to make sure airplanes are de-
iced,' said Elizabeth Isham Cory, spokesman for the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."
"'Something this big on an aircraft doesn't sound
right,' said Gene Marcinkowski, Decatur Airport director."
"Could the ice cake be the frozen flush of a portable
toilet aboard a high-flying plane? Nope. Waste is
removed when the plane touches down. Plus, the neighbors
concluded, the ice cake was white and clean--not the
typical color of a potty flush."
"Could it be a freak weather phenomenon? The chunk
of ice initially stumped Jim Angel, state climatologist
with the Illinois State Water Survey."
"'That's a real mystery,' Angel said."
"Angel then recalled reports of large ice chunks
falling from the skies in places as far away as Spain."
Ice "usually fell in January, February and March and can
weigh as much as 30 pounds. Experts call them
megacryometeors. It's not clear why they fall."
(Editor's Note: The all-time champ is the ice block that
fell at Seringapatam, 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of
Mysore, India, in 1800. It was as big as an elephant and
took three days to melt. See The Complete Books of
Charles Fort, Dover Publications Inc., New York, N.Y.,
1974, page 19.)
"'One of these things is very weird,' Angel said,
'It's not like it doesn't happen to other people. It
happens rarely, but it does happen.'"
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman, who was born in
Decatur, had this to say: "A block of ice falls from the
sky in Decatur, involving a Beals, a Wetzel and even an
Angel. Any time a Wetzel is involved, this is a sign of
high strangeness. Very weird, indeed." (See the Decatur,
Ill. Herald and Review for February 24, 2005, "Ice chunk
that fell from the sky hitting homeowner's yard defies
explanation." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this
(Editor's Note: Decatur...I thought that name sounded
familiar. Decatur is the Fortean capital of Illinois.
Crazy crocs and out-of-place animals are the usual weird
phenomena there. In July 1917, a 300-man posse spent
several days searching the woods on the Sangamon River for
"an African lion." Four people driving west on Highway 36
were terrified when the critter jumped into the back seat
of their Pierce Arrow touring car. Then, on June 25,
1965, a "phantom panther," described as a "big, black,
catlike animal" frightened a woman driving into her yard.
Three days later, this beast "ate a sack lunch of three
children on an outing in Lincoln Park."
Crazy crocs were sighted in Decatur on three separate
occasions--on August 30, 1937, then on October 24, 1966;
and finally, on June 26, 1967, a 10-inch (25-centimeter)
alligator was caught at 895 West Eldorado Street in
Decatur. See Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton
Co., New York, N.Y., 1978, page 78.)
WORST SNOWFALL IN
DECADES HITS KASHMIR
"Avalanches and slides triggered by heavy weekend
snowfall in India's portion of Kashmir," a plateau country
in the Himalayas, "have killed at least 154 people and
left 200 missing, an official said Monday," February 21,
Up to 35 centimeters (14 inches) of snow fell on
Kashmir beginning Saturday morning, February 19, 2005,
"closing the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the main route
through the Panjal mountain range" and effectively cutting
off the province from the rest of India.
"Much of the region remained cut off for three
straight days," including the towns of Shupinan, Tangmarg,
Sopur and Bandipura, "blanketed under the heaviest
snowfall in 15 years."
"At least 117 people were killed in avalanches that
began Sunday night," February 20, 2005, "in a series of
Kashmiri villages south of Srinigar, Kashmir's main city,
said police officer Imtiyaz Ahmed, who said the toll of
dead and missing remained incomplete."
"Elsewhere in the region, three separate landslides
killed eight people, police said."
Another heavy snowfall took place on Monday, February
19, 2005, again closing the Jammu-Srinigar highway. A
second round of "avalanches and extreme cold killed 107
people in the divided Himalayan province, Indian and
Pakistani officials said." (See the Deccan Chronicle for
February 21 and February 23, 2005. Many thanks to
Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for the Indian newspaper
MAJOR QUAKE DAMAGES
"A powerful earthquake shook southeastern Iran on
Tuesday," February 22, 2005, "destroying villages and
killing over 400 people," Iran's state-run TV station
The quake measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and
"injured over 900 people. Torrential rains and winter
cold following the tremor hampered rescue efforts."
"The quake's epicenter was on the outskirts of
Zarand, Iran's geological authority said. The town of
15,000 is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southeast of
Tehran," the national capital."
"Under a driving rain, survivors wailed over the
bodies of the dead and dug through the ruins of mud-brick
houses searching for their loved ones after a powerful
earthquake flattened villages. At least 420 people were
"About 30,000 people in the region near Kerman, the
provincial capital were affected, and many were left
homeless. The tiny villages that cover the mountain were
"In Dahoueieh, every building except a golden-domed
mosque had collapsed."
"In Sartagh, most of the buildings were leveled."
"'Where have you gone? I had a lot of plans for
you,' Hossein Golestani sang softly as he held the
lifeless form of his daughter, Fatima, age 7. The body of
another daughter, Mariam, 8, lay beside him in the
devastated village of Hoktan. Golestani and his wife were
tending their goats just before 6 a.m. when the quake
wrecked their home."
"Others slapped their faces in grief as they sat next
to the dead at hospital morgues and on roadsides."
"Two young women were found alive in the ruins of
flattened villages in central Iran on Wednesday," February
23, 2005, "as officials raised the death toll to 500
"In Hotkan, shouts of 'Allahu akbar!' (Arabic for God
is great!--J.T.) erupted after Zehra Hosseini, 14, was
found alive. Earlier in the day, Zehra Mirzaei, 18, was
pulled from the ruins."
"The Zarand earthquake struck a region 240 kilometers
(150 miles) northwest of Bam, site of a devastating
earthquake" that measured 6.9 on the Richter scale and
"killed 26,000 people and leveled the historic city in
"Though comparable in strength to the Bam quake,
Tuesday's temblor hit a more sparsely populated area and
was 40 kilometers (25 miles) deep" within the earth. By
comparison, the Bam quake of 2003 occurred only 10
kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface.
"At dusk, temperatures fell and rain turned to snow
in parts of the mountains. Survivors huddled around fires
to keep warm. About 1,500 rescue workers from the Iranian
Red Crescent fanned out in teams with tents and tarps for
"Mohammed Javad Fadei, deputy governor of Kerman
province, said that while Iran will not ask for aid" from
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, "'we'll take tents,
blankets, cash and earth-moving machinery,' if offered."
The Zarand earthquake came on the heels of last
week's earthquake just south of Sulawesi in Indonesia,
which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale and caused a small
tsunami in the Flores Sea. (See the Iranian newspaper Al-
Mehr for February 23 and 24, 2005; also USA Today for
February 23, 2005, "Searches continue for survivors of
Iran quake," page 8A. Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi
and Kufa Yildaz for the Iranian newspaper articles.)
(Editor's Comment: If the current round of earthquakes
won't make you a believer in earth changes, the bizarre
weather in California certainly will. Read on...)
FLOODS LOS ANGELES
An inexplicable change in the jet stream over the USA
has sent a williwaw, a winter rainstorm more suited to
British Columbia and the Alaska panhandle, into southern
But while the temperate rain forests of the Pacific
Northwest can handle that kind of downpour, the dry hills
and deserts of southern California are getting drenched
with floods and buried in mudslides.
"The storm has spawned hail, thunder and tornadoes
since it moved in Thursday night," February 17, 2005. "It
has sent mud and boulders down rain-weakened hillsides,
flooded highways and railroads and cut power to as many as
"The storm claimed its third life early Monday,"
February 21, 2005, "in Woodland Hills, a San Fernando
Valley neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. There, a
wave of mud rushed down a slope, smashed into a house and
buried a 63-year-old man under four feet (1.3 meters) of
"In Silverado Canyon, in Orange County," Caitlin Oto,
16, "died Sunday," February 20, 2005, "when a boulder,
loosened by rain," rolled down a Santa Ana mountainside
"and crashed into her family's apartment, where she was
working at her computer."
"Also on Sunday, Rory Shaw, 47, a Los Angeles city
engineer," was "supervising the repair of a giant
sinkhole" on a street in Sun Valley, just north of Studio
City and Burbank, when "he fell 30 feet (9 meters) to his
In Glendale (population 194,973), "mudsides and
flooding Monday forced 30 people in 11 homes to evacuate."
In Fullerton (population 126,000), an overflowing
creek flooded 10 homes on Monday.
In Hacienda Heights (population 53,122), "a mudslide
poured into a housing development Monday. Rescuers pulled
three people from 10 feet (3 meters) of mud that flowed
into a townhouse. The three were trapped for two hours"
before rescuers arrived.
"A 300-mile (480-kilometer) expanse of California was
battered for days by a storm system that killed" about a
dozen people "and disrupted life for hundreds of thousands
"The latest in an almost unbroken series of winter
rainstorms drenched areas from central California to the
Los Angeles suburbs. Residents are coping with problems
from power outages and closed freeways to mudslides
crashing into bedrooms in hillside towns."
"Downpours have broken a 115-year-old Los Angeles
record for precipitation during the winter rainy season,
measured from December through February. Downtown Los
Angeles has had 27.37 inches (88 centimeters) of rain
since December 1 (2004), exceeding the 25 inches (83
centimeters) recorded over the (same) three months in
"Southern California's extraordinary string of storms
this winter is the result of an unexpected convergence of
climate factors from the Arctic and the tropics."
"Late last year (2004), atmospheric conditions over
Alaska's Aleutian Islands blocked the jet stream, the
high-altitude band of wind that carries storms east across
North America. Instead of taking its usual path across
the northern states, the jet stream swung much farther
south to California."
"The results: record amounts of rain and snow in
December and storms in January that ordinarily would have
hit the Pacific Northwest and states to the east."
"The fierce weather didn't spare areas of affluence:
In Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighborhood, a swimming
pool slid down a hill and doused neighboring houses with
"In La Conchita, the seaside community of 190 homes
where 10 people died in a mudslide January 10 (2005), all
but 39 residents had moved out before the latest storm
hit. Those who had stayed cast anxious eyes on the
weakend bluff above the town, but only six people chose to
"In Hollywood, hundreds of vehicles were trapped for
several hours in a flood on the Hollywood Freeway before
emergency crews pumped water off the road at 2 a.m. on
Tuesday," February 22, 2005.
"The California Highway Patrol reported 120 traffic
accidents on L.A. streets during the morning commute
Tuesday, up from 50 accidents a week earlier."
"Most of the trouble was in mountain areas linking
the coast with suburban valleys. Many motorists were
forced to find roundabout routes."
"Slides closed Malibu Canyon Road. Nearby Topanga
Canyon Boulevard, a major artery between the Pacific Coast
Highway and the San Fernando Valley, remained closed to
all but canyon residents--as it has been for the past
(Editor's Note: Topanga Canyon was the site of a famous
UFO contactee case back in 1952.)
"In Orange County's Silverado Canyon, residents
planned a pancake breakfast March 5 to raise money for the
family of Caitlin Oto, 16. She was killed by a falling
boulder Sunday as she worked at her computer in the
apartment above the country store run by her stepfather
and her mother."
"'It's very sad,' said Rachel Brown, 28, a waitress
at the Silverado Cafe who has lived in the canyon all her
life. 'They've lost their home, their store and their
"The boulder incident reminded longtime residents of
a 1969 mudslide that killed five people taking refuge at a
fire station in the canyon."
"But 'nobody is ready to leave,' Brown says." (See
USA Today for February 22, 2005, "Deadly S. California
storm rages into its 5th day," page 3A; and for February
23, 2005, "Rain, mud pouring down in Calif.," page 3A.)
FROZEN SEA DISCOVERED
AT ELYSIUM ON MARS
"A huge frozen sea lies just below the surface of
Mars, a team of European scientists has announced."
"Their assessment is based on pictures of the
planet's equatorial Elysium region that show plated and
rutted features across an area 800 by 900 kilometers (480
by 540 miles)."
"The team thinks a catastrophic event flooded the
landscape five million years ago and then froze intact."
"Large reserves of water ice are known to be held at
the poles on Mars, but if this discovery is confirmed by
followup observations, it would be a first for a region at
such low latitude."
"'It's been predicted for a long time that you should
find water close to the surface of Mars near the equator,'
Jan-Peter Muller from University College, London, said."
"'This is an area where there are a lot of river
features, but no one has ever seen a sea before, and
certainly no one has ever seen pack ice before,' he told
"The interpretation is based on images taken by the
High Resolution Stereo Camera aboard Europe's Mars Express
spacecraft. These show extensive fields of large, platy
features--reminiscent of fractured ice floes found in the
polar regions on Earth," which are covered with a layer of
"Finding exposed ice at the (Martian) equator will be
unlikely. Very low (air) pressure on the planet would
lead to sublimation, i.e. the ice would change over time
straight to water vapour."
"But the research group, led by John Murphy from Open
University, UK told (the science journal) Nature, that a
crust of dust and volcanic ash, perhaps four to five
centimetres (1.5 to 2 inches) thick, has prevented this
"'The story runs that the water flowed in some kind
of massive cataclysmic event; pack ice formed on that body
of water and broke up; and then the whole thing froze
rigid,' explained Prof. Muller."
"'Large amounts of dust then fell over this area.
The dust fell through the water and on top of the pack
ice, which explains why the pack ice is a different hue to
the area around it.'"
"The water that formed the sea in southern Elysium,
five degrees north of the (Martian) equator, seems to have
originated beneath the surface of Mars, erupting from a
series of fissures known as Cerberus Fossae."
"Many of the features seen by the Mars Express have
also been picked up by the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard the
(USA's) Mars Global Surveyor."
"The Mars Express has been in orbit around the Red
Planet for a year." (See BBC News for February 21, 2005,
"Mars pictures reveal frozen sea." Many thanks to Steve
Wilson Sr. for this news story.)
CASSINI SNAPS PICTURES
"Saturn's small snow-white moon Enceladus has
revealed a turbulent history, according to the latest
images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft."
Enceladus was discovered in 1789 by the astronomer
Sir William Herschel (1738-1822). He named the small
moon, approximately 500 kilometers (300 miles) in
diameter, after a giant of Greek mythology who rebelled
against the gods of Olympus. Enceladus orbits Saturn at a
distance of 238,100 kilometers (147,950 miles).
"The moon is covered in smoking ridges, chasms and
scratches, which probably means that the moon has been
squeezed and stretched."
"Cassini passed within 1,200 kilometers (720 miles)
of Enceladus on Thursday, February 17, 2005, "taking
detailed photos of the surface, revealing details as tiny
as 60 meters (200 feet) across."
"Enceladus is a geologist's paradise,' said William
McKinnon of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
'It has endless sets of closely-spaced fractures and
"He added that there are also blocks of high terrain
and a variety of rifts."
"This is all evidence of a tumultuous past, according
to Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in
Houston, Texas. 'It has been pulled, stretched and
compressed in multiple episodes of deformation and
"The gravity of Saturn and another moon, Dione, are
probably combining to distort the interior of Enceladus,
causing" the folding and fracturing. "The same processes
may have destroyed old craters, heating the surface so
that it slowly slumps--even causing floods of icy lava."
"'I'm betting that liquid ammonia-water is involved,'
says McKinnon. He also points out what seems to be
volcanic ice ridges."
"And Enceladus's bright surface suggests there may be
even more energetic volcanism at work. It is the
brightest object in the solar system, so close to pure
white that it must be covered in fresh ice--or snow--fired
out of ice geysers. These geysers might blast some of the
snow into orbit around Saturn, forming the (big) planet's
tenuous E-ring, suggest scientists."
"They are looking out for volcanic plumes on the
moon's horizon, where they will be the easiest to spot
against the inky blackness of space."
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said he was "still
hopeful" that someday Enceladus would become the home of a
space colony of UFO enthusiasts.
"It'll happen long after my time," Trainor said, "But
I'm hoping that future ufologists who keep the Roundup
going will someday transmit our weekly newspaper from
"Actually, Enceladus is a good choice for space
homesteading," he added, "There's plenty of snow, which
can be melted down into water. The water can be used in
hydroponic gardens to grow vegetables. Water can also be
broken down via electrolysis into hydrogen and oxygen.
The hydrogen can be used for cooking and energy; the
oxygen for spacesuits to explore the terrain. Best of
all, you have a great view of Saturn--the ringed planet
fills much of the sky!"
Trainor said he envisioned a space colony made up of
"small homesteads, a science complex, a school and public
library, and a central community center with the offices
of UFO Roundup on the top floor. Truck farming will
probably be the main industry. We'll sell fresh produce
to passing alien spacecraft." (See New Scientist for
February 18, 2005, "Survey shows Enceladus a 'geologist's
paradise.'" Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this
FORT: ANOMALOUS TSUNAMIS
ARE NOT THAT UNIQUE
The anomalous tsunami that washed ashore in Argentina
in January 2005 was not that unique. A similar event was
studied in the early 1920s by the "Father of Ufology,"
Charles Hoy Fort. (See UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 3
for January 19, 2005, "Anomalous tsunami hits beach in
Argentina," page 4.)
While researching phenomena at the British Museum in
London, Fort (1874-1932) came across a strange case that
took place in the South Pacific on August 15, 1868.
"Australian coast--not at Melbourne but at Sydney and
Adelaide: wave 4 feet (1.3 meters) high met steamers and
turned them around," Fort wrote in his data notes, which
he kept in cardboard shoe boxes.
Also on August 15, 1868, "Samoa--tidal wave (tsunami-
-J.T.) 2:30 a.m. and (continues) for two hours, only upon
the northern side." That is, from Cape Mulinuu to Puupua
on Savaii Island; from Leulumoega to Tiavea on Upolu
Island; and from Cape Taputapu to Cape Matutula on Tutuila
Island. "At Upolo, tidal wave at 2 a.m."
The same day, "immense wave shakes New Zealand. At
Chatham Islands, 35 feet (10.6 meters) high and did great
damage and stirred turbulent seas for 48 hours...Chatham
Island settlement destroyed by three waves."
A tsunami came ashore at Newcastle, N.S.W., 120
kilometers (72 miles) north of Sydney, "tidal effects
observed at 6 a.m."
Amazingly, the tsunami in New Zealand was predicted.
Fort wrote, "According to the Wellington Independent, for
a week it had been rumoured around Wellington that on the
(August) 15th there was going to be a big wave and shocks.
'In every public house, the common expression in a half-
incredulous manner was, 'We're going to be swamped
Saturday (August 15, 1868).' At 8:30 a.m., the water did
rise and there was excitement in town...There were shocks
at 9:55 a.m."
Across the Pacific, the same day, "Off San Pedro,
Southern California, a series of waves flowed in,
'elevating the tide 63 to 64 feet (21 meters) above the
ordinary high water mark.' The phenomenon is attributed
to submarine disturbances."
But there were no "submarine disturbances" just prior
to or during the various tsunamis. In fact, the first
earthquake wasn't recorded until the following day,
Sunday, August 16, 1868. Fort wrote, "Quake at Quito
(Ecuador) at 1:20 a.m."
"Lylletton, N.Z.: the wave at 4 a.m. An hour before
it came, sound was heard and shocks felt but (the
newspaper) said that at this time water (was) noticed
going out of the harbour."
Fort's notes list his sources as the Wellington, N.Z.
Independent for August 29, 1868, page 5; the Melbourne Age
for October 17, 1868; the Wellington Independent for
August 20, 1868, page 5; the Taranak, N.Z. Herald for
August 29, 1868; and the New York Tribune for August 21,
1868, page 1.
The cause of the tsunamis in Australia, New Zealand,
Samoa and southern California was never determined.
BRITISH ROBOT SUB
SUNK BY A USO?
"Lost: much-loved robot submarine, last seen under
200 meters (660 feet) of Antarctic ice last Wednesday,"
February 16, 2005, "answers to the name Autosub."
"The British unmanned research submarine," valued at
1.5 million pounds sterline, "was investigating the waters
below the Fimbul ice shelf when it became trapped.
Scientists don't know what went wrong, but say the
submarine is stuck and is unlikely to be rescued."
"Gwyn Griffiths, an ocean engineer at the Southampton
Oceanography Centre" in UK, "who built the Autosub, said,
'It isn't going to come back. We've lived with this
vehicle for eight years, and it's done 382 missions. But
every time we put it out, there's a chance it isn't going
to return. It was sort of inevitable.'"
"Scientists sent the submarine under the ice shelf,
one of the most inaccessible and poorly-known environments
on Earth, to collect information about the role of the
ocean in climate change. It was also to investigate
whether global warming is accelerating, how the ice melts
and what sort of creatures live in Antarctic waters."
"The conditions and terrain on the ice shelf are so
treacherous that collecting data at the surface, even
using tethered robotic vehicles, is dangerous."
"The seven-metre (22-foot) Autosub, also known as an
automatic underwater vehicle, was about to return to the
British Antarctic Survey's research ship James Clark Ross
"Instead, it began to broadcast a distress signal
from a position about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the
ship under the 200-metre (660-foot) thick ice sheet."
"The sub is not remote-controlled--its route is
programmed before departure, and it uses an onboard system
"Powered by 5,160 D-cell batteries, it can run for
about 300 miles (500 kilometers) over several days."
"The vehicle is not insured--scientists knew that if
it got into trouble under the ice, it would be impossible
to rescue." (See The Guardian of UK for February 21,
2005, "Has anyone seen our submarine?")
From the UFO Files...
1958: THE EMMAVILLE
Black panthers are not indigenous to the island
continent of Australia, but people have reported seeing
them--or creatures like them--since the 1780s.
Rex Gilroy and other Fortean researchers in Australia
have theorized that what is often described as a "black
panther" Down Under is actually a large predator of the
marsupial family, a distant relative of the opossum and
the kangaroo. Some have dubbed this mysterious beast "the
Forty-seven years ago, in February 1958, the biggest
"panther" flap in Australian history broke out in the bush
country around Emmaville, a small community about 200
kilometers (120 miles) west of Grafton, New South Wales.
In his book Mysterious Australia, Rex Gilroy writes,
"One of the largest Australian 'panthers' ever reported
was claimed seen in 1949 by Mr. Harry Waters, who told me
the following story in 1979:"
"'I was out shooting deer in Rangers Valley (situated
between Glen Innes and Emmaville--R.G.) The time was 11
a.m., when in pine-forest country, I walked onto a hilltop
to get a view of the surrounding country.'"
"'As I stood there, admiring the view, I saw below
me, 40 yards (36 meters) down the hillside, an enormous,
black panther-type animal standing looking up at me. It
was a good eight feet (2.4 meters) long from head to tail,
and about three foot, six inches (1.1 meters) off the
ground on all fours. It had yellow eyes and its fur was a
shiny black colour but not very long.'"
"'It just stood there watching me for about five
minutes. I had a 'Number One' shotgun with me and could
have dropped the creature if it made a move in my
direction, but it just remained where it was. I decided
that 'discretion was the better part of valour,' so I
turned and left the spot in haste. As I did so, however,
I spotted the giant cat loping off into the forest in the
"Graziers and other inhabitants of the Emmaville
district still talk of the big outbreak of 'Emmaville
Panther' sightings that occurred during 1958."
The flap "can said to have started at 2 p.m. on 19th
February (1958) near Coolatai, west of Emmaville. Kenneth
Outzens, then 16 years old, was on horseback in bushland
and was almost thrown from his horse when the animal
bolted at seeing a large, black-furred, panther-like beast
suddenly appear on a rock 10 feet (3 meters) away."
"Outzens and a friend, Laurance Miller, then 40 years
old, had a terrifying experience three nights later
(February 22, 1958) in the same area. They were forced to
stay locked in their caravan (trailer in the USA--J.T.)
while what appeared to be the same creature prowled around
the vehicle, leaving tracks which they found the next
"Then, on the night of 25th February (1958), a Dr.
R.S. Patterson was driving on the Inverell-Emmaville road
when he caught sight of a 'large black animal' in the
headlights barely 100 years (90 meters) ahead of him."
"'I swung at it, knowing it was not a dog, and just
caught him. I saw a large black paw come up, and when I
stopped the car there were heavy scratch marks on the
side. I raced to the town to get a gun and tell police,'
(Dr. Patterson) told a journalist later."
"It was about this time that Donald Clifford, then 15
years of age and grandson of the then-Severn Shire Council
President, Mr. E. Clifford, was searching for lost horses
when he spotted a large cat-like beast a mere 'thirty
paces ahead' in bushland outside Emmaville."
"These monster cats were creating a wave of terror
across a wide area of New England (a region in northern
New South Wales--J.T.) at the time. Some graziers
(ranchers in the USA--J.T.) lost thousands of pounds'
worth of valuable stock, and many suffered some financial
"For example, Mr. Clive Berry of Kingston was
reported to have had two thousand pounds worth of sheep
destroyed; and at Emmaville in mid-1958, seven big steers
were torn to pieces by one or more of these monsters."
"In another incident, a farmer discovered one of his
rams dead, ripped up and wedged between the fork of a tree
limb high up off the ground. Deep scratch mark on the
tree trunk told him that one of the 'big cats' of
Emmaville was responsible."
"No one went about in the bush alone without a gun.
Tracks of mystery beasts were being found all over the
Emmaville district and beyond."
"Finally on 25th June of that year (1958), Sir Edward
Hallstrom, Director of Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo, offered
rewards of 1,000 and 500 (Australian) pounds for the
capture of the beast, or beasts, alive or dead, but the
giant creatures eluded would-be reward hunters."
But that wasn't the end of the Outback Terror. The
mysterious panther-like creature continued to be seen over
In 1960, "further south, around Armidale (N.S.W.),
locals were having their own problems."
"Mr. Ted Bell of Mereworth, Black Mountain, near
Armidale, was convinced that a 'panther' was responsible."
"'I have seen it twice at night and heard it four
times. It has a high, blood-curdling scream. I lost 100
sheep to it one winter. The animal tears the side out and
eats both the kidneys and the tongue,' he said to a
"Typical of these reports is the story of Steve and
Judy Beaty who were driving near Emmaville one night in
April 1975. As they passed a property, they saw it in the
bright moonlight, 'a cow-length, shiny, black-furred
panther-type animal,' jump the fence and dash across the
road in front of them. They saw it illuminated by the
headlights momentarily as it scrambled into thick roadside
scrub, leaving them both very shaken by their experience."
"On Sunday morning, 2nd February 1986, Mr. Stan
Nelson was out bowhunting for rabbits around 6:30 a.m. in
the Moonbi Ranges above Kootingal when, on an opposite
ridge, he saw a slender Alsatian dog-sized, black-furred,
panther-like animal with a round-type head and a tail
about as long as its body. Mr. Nelson observed it for
about one-and-a-half minutes before it walked away into
"At nearby Kootingal in September 1990, a number of
people saw a large, six-foot (1.8-meter) long, black
doglike/catlike 'panther' dragging a sheep across a
paddock into granite mountain country."
In early April 1993, "a Tamworth sportsman and cross-
country runner, Mr. Mathew Kalunder, claimed to have seen
a panther-type creature. His sighting received local
"...while training for the national mountain-running
championship, he was running up Kamilaroi walking track,
not far from Oxley Lookout which overlooks Tamworth
(N.S.W.) on its eastern side, when he came face to face
with a large black 'cat' crouching beside the track on
this rugged, scrub-covered mountainside."
"'I was just as surprised as the animal,' Mathew
"'It was just after 6 p.m. around dusk. I was
running up the hill, and about 20 metres (66 feet) ahead
of me there was this animal with its back to the track.
It looked over its shoulder when it heard me and crouched
down, but then it headed off into the bush.'"
"'I wasn't seeing things. I'm a bit of a sceptic. I
know what a dog looks like, but I'd never seen anything
like this before. Nobody's going to believe me, but this
really was fair dinkum,' he said."
Rex Gilroy added, "A major contribution to the study
of the 'Australian panther' migratory habits was made by
researcher Michael Roberts in the late 1950s. The
frequency with which these marauding catlike beasts
emerged each year from the wilderness country of the
Queensland/New South Wales border led Mr. Roberts to make
a study of the dates on which sightings of the animal were
made. He found that the creature's movements coincided
with the start of the dry season hereabouts..."
"The animals usually begin their 'run' in February
around Coolatai, west of Ashford, then arrived in Ashford
about April. They reached Emmaville in June, and Glen
Innes that same month. Then they moved southward to
Armidale and Uralla in July, from where they crossed the
Moonbi Range into the Manilla district and travelled
northward to Barraba by the end of that month. They were
finally seen around Warialda, southwest of Coolatai, by
September, thus completing an approximate seven-month
"A number of researchers believe that the creatures
follow the native food chain, preying upon farm stock
along the way." (See the book Mysterious Australia by Rex
Gilroy, Nexus Publishing, Mapleton, Qlnd., Australia,
1995, pages 97, 98, 99, 100 and 101.)
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