Fear and incredulity will increase even more
in Parral when this news becomes known.
Specialists of the Legal Medical Service (SML)
concluded yesterday that what attacked peasant Juan
Roberto Acuna Pereira on Sunday morning was an animal,
but belonging to an unknown species. The resident
claimshaving been attacked that fateful night by two
beings resembling dogs, but winged and with demonic
strength. This was the incredible result reached by
the analyses performed by forensic doctors of
Cauquenes upon the wounds suffered by the Parral
resident on his arms, chest and legs, and which were
the subject of local and national media headlines
yesterday, including EL CENTRO newspaper.
The oral report was received last night by the
district attorney in charge of the case, Ricardo
Encina. The official reported that "the injuries
inflicted upon the Parral resident are compatible with
those caused by an animal, without specifying what
type. We are trying to deterime if there is
involvement by some person, but if animals are
involved we cannot continue our research, since that
would fall to other specialists," admitting that he is
faced with a very complex case.
Encina looked into the case afer Acuna reached the
Reina Luisa Carabineros (state police) station in a
state of terror on Sunday, reporting that two "winged
dogs" -- one large, one small -- had attacked him on
his way home. Such was their strength that the shocked
peasant had to jump into a nearby canal (Canal Fiscal)
to escape from his attackers.
The description of the unknown animals coincides with
the one delivered Friday by a resident of the town of
Buenos Aires, who claims having seen two flying
creatures taking off when he went out to investigate
why his dog was howling disconsolately, coming across
dozens of chickens torn to shreds.
Encina acknowledged that the tests did not included
the risk of possible infections, for which reason the
victim's biological processes will have to be
monitored, adding that only a doctor will be able to
ascertain the peasant's condition.
DIARIO EL CENTRO visited the man's home last night in
an effort to find out his reaction to the doctor's
report, but Acuna refused, saying he was tired of so
many visits by the media and interviews. He added that
some journalists urged him to fly to Santiago de Chile
for tests, and he refused. In spite of this, he said
that the experts suggested to him the possibility that
the attack had been perpetrated by a mountain lion,
which he flatly rejected, insisting in the "winged
dog" story.The sense of mystery and fear has increased
among Parral's citizenry and puts to rest the series
of jokes that circulatd on Sunday and yesterday, when
the fantastic events became widely known.
A cab passenger says that he reached the local train
station at 9 o'clock at night. He hailed a cab to go
home and remarked to his driver that the streets were
desolate. The cabbie replied that people were scared
of having "The chupacabras" appear before them,
alluding to the mythical creature usually blamed for
animal deaths and exsanguinations.
There were those who associated this attack with the
nervousness seen in recent nights among dogs, hens and
geese in Parral. A homeowner said that she felt a
commotion in her henhouse and found it odd, since at
that time of night the hens were asleep. Scared, she
took a flashlight to see what was going on. She
thought to talk to a neighbor, but thought twice about
it because she was afraid of being laughed out. The
Parral resident claims having heard "the chupacabras"
Another resident added that yesterday morning the
geese were also restless. The fact occured near Canal
Fiscal, where Acuna was attacked on Saturday night. He
pointed out that he heard two shots fired, which he
attributed to someone trying to scare off the alleged
animal. The subject couldn't even be obviated in the
courts. Court Attorney Roman Lazagy joked with D.A.
Ricardo Encina, saying: "If you're in charge of this
investigation, I don't give you more than 7 days to
apprehend the Chupacabras", causing peals of laughter
in the courtoom.
Panic in Parral - 14 sheep are found dead!
Fourteen sheep died
inexplicably last week, but that wasn't enough for two
families of shepherds from Parral to make a formal
report of the event, despite the fact that the
animals' bodies were found torn and bloodied but
without any traces of a predator that would have
feasted on them.
Everything changed in the last few hours, when word
spread of the attack on farmer Juan R. Acuna Pereira
by creatures unknown to doctors, and that he described
as 'winged dogs.'"
The (sheep) deaths occurred at Las Cabras farm and at
a smallholding located near the commune's hospital.
The affected parties say they gave no special
importance to the event, but in view of all that has
been published, they became afraid and decided to come
In the first case, eight sheep were found drained of
blood, at the rear of the Inapar Corporation. The
family running the premises, facing the hospital,
recorded the dead animals on their camcorder to leave
a document for the owner of the property and the
animals, in the hopes of avoiding any
Ever since the Acuna case became known, members of the
family have chosen to leave their clothes hanging
outside after nightfall instead of going out and
risking a similar attack. That is the level of their
"'They can't be dogs,' they said, requesting
anonymity, since 'dogs will eat the sheep, not bleed
it. This is the work of a strange animal.'"
The affected parties said they decided not to report
the incident to the Carabineros (Chilean national
police) because over 40 dead hens had been found under
similar circumstances last year (2003), and they
remember that the police had told them not to go out
at night, since a strange dangerous species could be
on the loose."
The second case corresponds to the death of six sheep
in the Paso Hondo rural area on the way to Cauquenes,
on the Las Cabras farm. A person came to the door to
confirm that (second) report:
“Yes, six dead sheep were found in the pasture, but it
was never known what killed them. I can't explain it.
All I know is that they had very little blood, because
they were brought in for the dogs, and their (fleece)
hides were removed.'"
Claudio Bravo, mayor of Parral, said:
“I have no greater opinion than what has appeared in
the media. I think calm should reign, first and
foremost. These cases are isolated and infrequent. The
fact is that we don't know--until the investigation is
well underway, if we are facing a new species or a
normal, everyday species. I call on the community to
But he also joked:
“If the Chupacabra has done anything positive by its
presence, it's that we have fewer people on the
streets at night, which I think is good. I hope the
Chupacabra won't attack decent folks, only the
delinquents who are up to no good in Parral.'"
"The Parralinos” (residents of Parral) interpretations
of the event range from skepticism to the Bible.
Nora Retamal, a secretary to Senator Jaime Naranjo,
has a view of the phenomenon that she relates to the
“That book (Revelations) tells us that different
things will come to pass. We know that the forces of
evil present themselves in different guises. God wants
us to be ready to witness some odd things."
Fidel Sanchez, who keeps his hand on the local
society's pulse, thinks that most Parralinos believe
that the attack on the farm was the work of
Chupacabras, adding that others believe it was just a
“All of these things give me goose pimples. The fact
that there could
be a mysterious creature wandering the night that
could attack you...all I can do is go to bed early.”
UFOs SEEN REPEATEDLY OVER TOWN IN ARGENTINA
"The UFO phenomenon in the town
of Gobernador Ugarte (population 300)," located about
150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Buenos Aires, the
capital of Argentina, "is ongoing. Strange lights and
maneuvers were reported this past weekend."
"One worker told the strange story of how his truck
lights turned on and off by themselves as he stopped
at a local ranch. Some residents say this is quite
normal in the area, while others express their fears."
The Argentinian newspaper "La Manana spoke yesterday
(Monday, July 12, 2004) with Hector Labaronne, who has
been filming UFOs for three years with his family. The
La Esperanza ranch is where the greatest number of
(UFO) sightings and ground prints have been reported
in recent times. The family possesses over five hours
of video recordings of the lights and objects that
appear in the night skies."
"The significance of these events has led to the
screening of a 90-minute video of the Ugarte
sightings," which will take place "on August 16, 2004
at the 8 p.m. in the Sala Pablo Picasso in Buenos
"La Manana ; 'How long have you been recording UFOs?'"
"Hector: 'More than three years now. The video to be
shown in Buenos Aires is just part of the five hours
recorded. Almost all of the images are similar, except
that some are on different days and nights.'"
"La Manana: 'How long since the last sighting?'
"Hector: 'We saw the lights last night (Sunday, July
11, 2004), also on Saturday (July 10, 2004), and there
are some things that occur that are beyond the norm,
For example, last Friday (July 9, 2004), one of the
rangers who lives in a shed had a strange experience.
At around 1 a.m., he saw a light, went outside, and
realized that his truck lights were on. He went to
turn them off but noticed that the pickup truck's
lights weren't on. (Meaning the dashboard light switch
was set on OFF--J.T.) The lights themselves went out
in the meantime. He thought it might be a loose wire
and went to bed again.'"
"'About an hour later, he woke up to find his truck
lights on again. This happened four times
successively. He didn't go out after that because he
was scared. The next day, he reflected about this
event, and some people told him that there were
'flying saucers' in the skies over the area, or that
strange lights are often seen.'"
"'He says that when he went to bed, he felt as though
someone was running at the edge of the shack. We still
don't know what it is, but we're sure there's
something to it.'"
"'The lights fly right over Ugarte--many people of the
town are seeing them. Since it is a normal occurrence,
no one pays them much attention. A large flying red
light 100 meters (330 feet) over Ugarte is a normal
"La Manana: 'What time of year does this most often
"Hector: 'The cooler it gets, the lower they fly. They
can move some 30 to 40 centimeters (12 to 16 inches)
over the ground. They don't leave traces. What we see
are lights and sometimes a solid object, like a
suspended deep bowl. We've had them close, but when we
get closer, they move away--this happens always. They
don't come over to where we are. They always avoid
"Research and inquiries have revealed (UFO) sightings
in previous decades. In the 1950s, personnel from the
Estancia San Jose del Socorro (ranch) reported the
surprising appearance of several circular marks (crop
circles--J.T.) near a eucalyptus forest. In the summer
of 1971, a 12-year-old boy witnessed the low-altitude
flight of a strange aerial artifact. In the mid-1990s,
a local resident claimed having been taken aboard a
spacecraft, providing details of his experience and
shiny marks on his arms."
"Gobernador Ugarte is located on Route 51 between the
cities of Chivilcoy and 25 de Mayo" in Buenos Aires
province in eastern Argentina. (See the Argentinian
newspaper La Manana of Buenos Aires for July 13, 2004,
"UFOs seen near 25 de Mayo." Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de diario.)
BRILLIANT WHITE UFO
SEEN NEAR SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
On Thursday, July 15, 2004, farm workers in the Serra
da Cantareira, a mountainous region north of Sao
Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in South America,
"spotted a UFO in the sky at approximately 7:08 p.m.
The object, which rotating on its own axis,' hovered
briefly over the mountainside before flying away."
"One witness said, 'The object appeared to be
Brazilian ufologists called the event "the most
exciting UFO incident in Sao Paulo state in years."
Later the same evening, at 11 p.m., "a flight of black
helicopters flew over Taquaritinga, S.P.," located
about 300 kilometers (180 miles) northwest of the city
of Sao Paulo. "There were seven helicopters, arrayed
in a without (navigational) lights." (Muito obrigado a
Atilio Coelho, Roberto Santram e Brunilda Barros para
esas informacoes brasilienses.)
"Winged Dogs" were
Juan R. Acuna Pereira, the Parral resident who was
assaulted by two strange beings qualified as “winged
dogs”, said yesterday (Sunday, July 11, 2004) that the
creature is identical to one shown in an image
presented by Corporacion GEO, depicting the mythical
Chupacabras, and which was done based on statements
from others who have suffered similar attacks.
"'It had no fangs, and it was just like a dog,
and with short ears, just like a dog, and it stood on
two legs and had shiny eyes,' he said, confirming the
computerized image belonging to Corporacion GEO. He
insisted that the
(creature) is just like a dog and without the fangs
shown in a Mexican photo last week. The only
difference is that the beleagured Parral native saw
both animals as black in color and flew around."
Despite his silence to the media, the victim's days
haven't been peaceful. His wife says that Juan
doesn't sleep at night and, when he manages to do so,
he has nightmares and delirium all night. Sometimes
he wakes up shrieking 'Attack! Attack!'"
What they are hoping is that a (medical) specialist
will offer him some assistance, since, after the night
of horror, Juan doesn't dare go outside after dark,
not even to the outhouse. He is with someone at all
times, whether a brother or his brother-in-law. He
will not remain home alone.
Juan Acuna said that a friend of his, Jorge Vejar,
told him a dog was found dead in a field" outside
Parral, near Temuco in southern Chile, "without a drop
When they opened the door to see what happened, the
other dogs entered the house and hid under the chairs,
visibly frightened and unwilling to go outside."
The Chilean newspaper "El Centro also had access to a
report by Susana Soto Yanez, the woman who offered
first aid to Acuna" after the attack. "The victim's
brother-in-law's spouse revealed that the attack by
the 'creatures' occurred near
Her relative (Acuna) was fleeing from the bridge along
the side of the canal, calling for help, at a time at
which they were both asleep."
Susana Soto did not understand, much less believe, the
story that some winged dogs had attacked her relative.
After changing his clothes and dressing his wounds,
because he had arrived practically naked at the house,
she went out to find a cell phone to summon an
ambulance, without positive results.
She says that she retraced her relative's route from
her house to the side of the canal towards the bridge
and noticed some strange noises, but she says she
entrusted herself to God, and nothing happened.
Unable to achieve her goal, she returned home and
asked her husband--he had had a few drinks, she
admitted, to go and find an ambulance. The husband
covered the same route as his wife, when upon reaching
the bridge, recalls
Marcelo Alberto Gajardo, he suffered a surprise attack
on his foot by one of the 'winged dogs.'"
He shouted in such a way that he managed to scare off
the 'critter.' Gajardo described the incident: 'It
was a thing that attacked my foot and hurled me
backwards. Good thing I was wearing leather boots. I
looked and saw it was flying. I let out a shout, and
it let go of me. There were two of them. They were
small, but they vanished. I didn't see if they flew
off or not - they just
vanished all of a sudden. If I don't scream, I told
myself, I'll die right here...and I don't blame this
situation on any rooster!" (See the Chilean newspaper
for July 12, 2004)
Scientists baffled in Chile
Specialists from the Museum of Natural History" in
Valparaiso, a seaport city in Chile, "are subjecting a
carcass found in Cerro Cordillera to a battery of
The situation came about a few days ago (Monday,
August 2, 2004) at the house of Manuel Otazo, who
found the corpse of a strange animal inside the
doghouse belonging to one of his animals.
"'We perceived the foul smell and thought at first
that someone had thrown away fish by-products. But
then we saw that our pet (dog) was frightened and
didn't want to go into his doghouse. Upon inspecting
it, we came across the monster,” said Sonia Valdivia,
the tearful homeowner.
Manuel Otazo explained that the animal had a small
head and red fur, with large fangs, claws and hands
resembling wings, different from any rodent or known
“At night we could hear noise on the rooftop, and
hens and rabbits died recently at a neighbor's house.
We think it could be the Chupacabra or one of his
relatives that was wounded and came to die in our
pet's doghouse. After burying it, the owners
subsequently contacted the Museum of Natural History
in alparaiso, who transferred the specimen to their
The animal is submerged in a special brine.
Fernando Soto, professor of biology, reported that the
carcass, in an advanced state of putrefaction, will be
submitted to a treatment based on choleopterids
that devour flesh to recover the skeleton. The bones
will be compared to the anatomies of known specimens.
Despite the a priori examination performed on the
animal, Dr. Soto noted that, while it could be a dog
or cat, he was surprised by some strange features,
such as the absence of incisors, the size of its
extremities, and the color of its fur.
The Museum of Natural History says that it isn't so
unusual to run into strange specimens in the area.
Only a few months ago, they received the carcass of a
pig with three eyes.
“The owners, who were from Cerro Baran, decapitated
it at once," Dr. Soto said, "Because they thought it
was a thing of the Devil rather than a genetic