Chupacabra in the Argentine

In this report we again have the dominant theme ofblood consumption.  I really would liketo see a victim autopsied in order to prove that the blood has beenextracted.  It seems likely, but all therelated evidence appears to change from one geographical region to the next.

We have prospective vampire bats in the otherexamples, but here we get large bird tracks. Or possibly, the victims were felled at night and the vultures arrivedat dawn to check out the situation and tore off some meat.

A vampire bat would alight on the animal and drawblood from the neck in the case of a sheep and from the arteries feeding theudder in the case of a cow.

Later predation by other scavengers could wellexplain the remaining evidence in all cases. With the blood extracted, the meat taken would be bloodless and therewould be little mess.  Yet the odditycould discourage predators from continuing their meal.  I notice that no one claims that flies stayedaway.

The only creditable (by that I mean biologicallypossible) explanation that fits the blood taking is a large nocturnal vampirebat as large as any large bird that lives of taking large animals at night.

It explains cattle mutilation particularly and allthese other cases we have seen.  Tissueharvesting is consistent with other predation by scavengers who nibbled andleft.  That soft tissue was typically takenis merely what normally happens first. It is unusual for the carcasses to be found early.  That they exist at all is because thescavengers lost interest.

A large vampire bat can alight on a large animaland go immediately for a key blood vessel like the jugular vein.  The victim would quickly lose consciousnessand collapse in seconds as the animal’s heart pumps the blood directly into theVampire.  It would all be over in acouple of minutes.

This shows us that a well fed bat needs ten sheepor a single cow at one sitting.

Of course only what we can call the expulsionfraction actually gets taken as the animal is quickly shutting down.  Thus we are likely looking at a feedingproviding around a total of ten or more pounds in total which fits the likelyneeds of a thirty pound bird and its carrying capacity.  This may also last it quite some time and itmay not need to feed again for week or so.

ChupacabrasAttacks in Argentina? or just a vulture ?
Forteanschronicles (english)

Dimanche12 Décembre 2010
Lu 141fois

On fewoccasions in this investigation have we had all of the elements on hand tofinally reach some conclusions on this phenomenon. First, to bring our readersup to speed, we shall provide you with backup information on the story.

News ItemFrom the Misiones Media:

Ten sheep were mortally attacked in recent weeks in a livestockfarmer’s field in this locality, according to eyewitness information presentedto the Sheriff’s office, the body that has been investigating the strange eventthat has shaken the residents of this rural area.

Since the attacks occurred on two occasions and always at night, thecaretakers, farm employees and Police officers have set up a rotating watchagainst the possibility that the strange animal may reappear again. It leftsufficiently clear prints to increase suspicions that the police prefers not toencourage for the time being.

Jose Fraga, owner of the field and the animals, decided to report thehappenings to the Police, and while he wanted to file a complaint, theauthorities made him desist for the time being, saying “against who would thecomplaint be filed?” according to clarifications issued by the policedepartment.

Fraga explained that near one of the pens in his field, he found a large, deepfootprint with three long toes.” Like that of a bird, but somewhat larger,” hesaid, and with regard to the injuries to the animals’ bodies, he added: “Theall had bite marks on their necks.”

Andres Gonzalez, Sheriff of Campo Viera, confirmed that the attacks occurredtwice and that “it is truly remarkable that the animal did not devour any ofthe sheep. It merely killed them by biting their necks, and blood was onlyfound in that area of the body.
here was nothing found in the rest of their bodies.”

The sheriff noted that he had gone to Fraga’s field in person with others tosee the event for himself. “Sheep carcass samples were removed, because therewere traces of mucus and its possible to determine what attacked thesecreatures, and we will know in a few days,” he explained. “Many people aresaying other things, but we have to wait and avoid jumping to conclusions. Wereally don’t know what it may be, because a puma or a yaguareté would’ve devoured oneof the animals. But in this case there are 10 dead sheep and none of them weretouched, only to slay them...” said González.

The figure of the Chupacabras began to acquire shape in the locality, and cowsexhibiting strange bite-marks were found en in Campo Grande, attributed by connection to thestrange animal that has kept the owner of dozens of sheep and top-quality cowsin a state of restlessness.

In theNinth Section

Fraga’s field is located in the Ninth Section of Campo Viera, some fourkilometers away from the town center of the locality at the province’s heart,practically attached to Oberá. Yesterday, Miguel Figueredo – caretaker of the175 hectare spread – was startled by the events and for the time being caresfor the two sheep and one cow that survived the attack. “The sheep have injuriesto their necks, they’re clinging to life...they don’t drink or eat, they’re inpoor shape. The cow has bites on its teats and I heard over the radio thatother cows had been injured in the same area over in Campo Grande...” he explained, somewhat frightened.

“It’s as though all of the blood had been sucked out. The vet that came here,cut one of them (the sheep) and not even water came out,” he added withouthesitation.

In Fraga’s field, featuring a ranch up high, there are currently 18 sheep and50 cows, some of them nursing young. “That’s why we’re keeping a night watchwith the police, because there are many animals and we have to look out forthem.”

Most of the sheep chosen by the so-called Chupacabras were pregnant, increasinguncertainty about the creature that is loose in the area.

Next isthe report by Silvia Perez Simondini and members of the VISION OVNI group

Veterinarian: Arno Stockmanns
Animal Owner: José Fraga
Number of Deceased Animals: Ten (10)
Animals Surviving the Attack: Three (3) Sheep

Carcass Description: Ten (10)Sheep were mortally attacked, with exact incisions in their necks, bodiesexsanguinated. The attacker injured two more specimens and a cow’s udders. Thestrange animal’s attacks were exact in jugular area. In a matter of minutes, itdrained the blood from each slain animal.

Crows and caranchos (vultures)fly over the carcasses without coming near the injured parts, as if repelled bysomething. Other parts of the carcass, however, have been eaten.

A three fingered print was found.

Ants advanced over the sheep carcasses, but turned back upon reaching the neckarea.

Antibiotics have been unsuccessfully administered to one of the survivinganimals in an effort to halt the infection process: Irondel every 48 hours.Veterinarian Penz from the City of Oberátested other antibiotics which have hitherto yielded no results.

Based on the photographic material received from the animals’ owner, thefollowing patterns have been identified:

1) Acknowledged bovine cattle mutilations – incision with exposure of thejawbone, removal of tissue, tendons, ligaments and hide. Incision made to thelarynx without hyoid bone extirpation.
2) Incision to the animal’s nose area.
3) Marks on the animal’s back with wool removal.
4) Deep incision to the neck area with apparent exsanguination.
5) Lacerations on one specimen’s face.
6) Circular cut with nasal injury in another specimen.
7) Incised cut on the outer ear.


1) Well-defined, three-clawed marks were found near the carcasses (similar tothose of a very large bird, approximate length of 18 centimeters) which werewell-marked due to terrain conditions.

2) Another element observed is the strange behavior of the ants, which invadedthe body but died upon reaching the level of the injuries.

3) A deep incised cut on the animal’s hide was found. There is the possibilitythat the animal was “impaled” to hold it down when producing this cut.

This case was consulted with Dr. Alberto Pariani of the NationalUniversity of La Pampa, not only with regard to the injuries, but as how bestto work with the surviving animal, which now displays a process of infectionthat has not been controlled, despite the veterinarian’s efforts. Newantibiotics were suggested, and we are awaiting reports on their effect.

It should be highlighted that local authorities have behaved hesitantly in thiscase. We believe this is due to an inability to find a satisfactory conclusionto the events.

It is important that they intervene in the case, since the possibility ofcatching this creature alive makes it a very important item of research infinding a satisfactory answer through scientific means.

We are trying to find a way of getting the surviving specimen to the University of La Pampa, which is difficult due to thelack of financial resources to convey it.

The case remains open, awaiting the conclusions of the forensic authorities ofOberá, which we shall consult if the animals’ owner does not provide us with areply.

Our thanks to the Community Leader of Campo Viera, Mr. Juan Carlos Rios, andthe animals’ owner, Mr. Jose Fraga, for their help and for reporting the case.

(Translation (c) 2010, Scott Corrales,IHU)

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