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EL CHUPACABRA
LOCH NESS MONSTER
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THE ALMA and YETI - WILDMEN OF ASIA

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In early April, 2001, British scientists made a startling announcement. After examining the DNA in a strand of hair thought to come from a Yeti - the Asian cousin to America's Bigfoot - scientists were unable to identify it as coming from any known animal.
This astonishing discovery is the most recent peak of what has become a growing mountain of evidence that we share this planet with an as-yet undiscovered species - or perhaps several species - of bipedal primates. And whether they are a kind of ape or are more closely related to humans - or something in-between - is unknown. But this new scientific evidence combined with new detailed photos and an increasing number of compelling sightings holds the promise that we may be very close to solving the mystery.
The DNA Evidence
The great Himalayan mountain range lies on the border between India, Nepal and Tibet, which is now part of China. The existence of the Yeti has been known to the people of this region for centuries. The first reliable report of a sighting from a Westerner came in 1925 when N.A. Tombazi, a Greek photographer working as part of a British geological expedition, saw the creature from a distance of about 1,000 feet. Although he did not get a photo of the Yeti, he and other members of the expedition did find footprints. Over the years, many other stories of the Yeti surfaced, and in the West it became known popularly as "The Abominable Snowman." 
The long black strand of hair examined by the British scientists was found on the bark of cedar tree in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a small country on the eastern side of the Himalayas. The tall, hairy creature is believed by many locals to inhabit the forests and mountains of Bhutan, where it is called the Migyur. The British were led to this particular tree by Sonam Dhendup, the kingdom's official Yeti hunter. Locals had found a mysterious piece of skin in the hollow of the cedar tree, which they think the creature might have called home. Carefully examining the area, the British scientists found fresh footprints just a few hours old. Inside the tree, they noted claw-like scratch marks and found several strands of the hair.
Some of the hair was taken back to the UK for DNA testing. Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the Oxford Institute of Molecular Medicine and one of the world's leading experts on DNA analysis examined the hair. "We found some DNA in it," he said, "but we don't know what it is. It's not a human, not a bear not anything else we have so far been able to identify. It's a mystery and I never thought this would end in a mystery. We have never encountered DNA that we couldn't recognize before."
Several Bhutanese have actually seen the Yeti. Druk Sherrik, a former member of the country's royal guard, told the British expedition, "It was huge. It must have been nine feet tall. The arms were enormous and hairy. The face was red with a nose like a chimpanzee."
The Yeti has also been captured on video in the so-called Snow Walker footage. In 1996, two hikers making their way through the mountain snows of Nepal captured video of a hairy, upright walking creature trudging up the side of a hill. The video has yet to be proved or disproved.
But the DNA test has proved that there is an unknown creature out there. What kind of creature that hair belongs to is unknown, but when one considers it along with the footprints and the eyewitness sightings, the case for a previously unknown ape or hominid is strengthened. The DNA is likely to inspire new expeditions to find the Yeti.
 

 

LIVING DINOSAURS

For over 100 years, explorers have been told tantalizing tales of living, breathing dinosaurs that still inhabit remote areas of African rain forest. Could they be true? A new expedition will try to find out.
In 1997, a group of of Dolgan nomads in Siberia stumbled upon a huge tusk projecting from the frozen tundra. This chance discovery led to the recovery in October, 1999 of the body of a frozen, nearly intact woolly mammoth that died some 20,000 years ago, when pre-civilized man scavenged the land in packs like animals. The most astounding part of this story, however, is that scientists believe there may be enough DNA in the carcass to actually clone the ancient ancestor of the elephant. If the scientists are successful, woolly mammoths may once again walk the Earth.
Think of it. Humans will once again stand in the presence of a magnificent creature that has been extinct for tens of thousands of years. According to some crypto zoologists, however, some modern humans have set eyes on even more incredible animals with a far older lineage - dinosaurs.
Ever since dinosaur fossils have been recognized for what they are (this has been so for only about 150 years), fantasy writers have enjoyed the possibility that humans could meet these incredible monsters face to face. In The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envisioned adventurers finding surviving species of dinosaurs in unexplored areas of jungle. And more recently, in Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton detailed how dinosaurs could be recreated through cloning, with strands of their DNA extracted from dino-blood-filled mosquitoes encased in amber.
 

Crichton’s vision may take a step toward reality when the experiment with the mammoth begins sometime in the year 2000. And some say Doyle’s story might not be entirely fantasy. Living dinosaurs, they claim, have recently been seen, heard, and possibly even killed in nearly inaccessible parts of the African Congo.
Tales from the Jungle
The evidence for living dinosaurs is almost exclusively anecdotal. In fact, few people other than natives have claimed to have actually seen the animals:
In 1776, Abbe Proyhart wrote of the discovery of clawed footprints in West Africa that were as large as three feet in diameter.
The first recognized reports of what were described as dinosaur-like creatures emerged from central Africa in the late 1800s. Native tribe members told explorers of a large animal they called jago-nini, which translates to “giant diver.” Footprints said to be of this creature were about the size of a Frisbee. Other tribes who said they were familiar with this creature had other names for it, including dingonek, ol-umaina, and chipekwe.
In 1913, a German explorer named Captain Freiheer von Stein zu Lausnitz was told stories of an animal that was “brownish gray with a smooth skin, its size approximately that of an elephant, at least that of a hippopotamus.” The native Pygmies called it mok’ele-mbembe (meaning “stopper of rivers”) and described it as having a long, flexible neck and a vegetarian diet, but would kill humans if they came too close.
In 1932, cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson was told by tribesmen of a strange creature that left oversized hippo-like footprints, and which they called mgbulu-em’bembe.
Cryptozoologist Roy Mackel and herpetologist James Powell set off on their own expedition for mok’ele-mbembe in 1980. They returned only with interviews with natives who had heard of the long-necked, 30-foot-long creature. They said that around 1959 one had even been killed by natives along Lake Tele to stop it from interfering with their fishing. Their legend stated that whoever ate meat from the animal, died. When Powell showed pictures of various local animals to the natives, they correctly identified them. When he showed them a drawing of a sauropod dinosaur, they said that was mok’ele-mbembe.
Apart from these stories, there is no direct evidence for living dinosaurs. Some expeditions claimed to have photos of some large, unidentified creature, but the images are quite fuzzy and the results inconclusive, at best. In 1992, a Japanese expedition to the area returned with 15 seconds of film taken from an airplane flying over Lake Tele. The footage showed a large object moving across the surface of the water, leaving a V-shaped wake behind it. But the object could not be positively identified.

 

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BYRON BAY YOWIE

 

Stories of sightings of a tall ape-like animal have been told by Mrs. Sarah Ratcliff. Mrs. Ratcliff told how her father, Patrick Maher, was returning home to Targrah from Byron Bay on horseback, in 1904. It was about 10.30pm and after crossing the Belongil, the horse had become scared and when Patrick Maher looked back he saw the "Yowie" - "like a big hairy man with no neck" - standing on a heap of stones. It was judged to be 7 or 8 feet tall. The horse bolted and the Yowie gave chase. Mr Maher lost sight of it when he was thrown from the horse. He ran into the cane and stayed there all night. According to his daughter, he was still badly shaken when he reached home in the morning. The property was sold as quickly as possible and the family moved to Tumbulgum.
About a year later, an account of three brothers who lived nearby was reported. The lads had been returning on horseback, from a dance at Byron Bay. They were pursued by a beast, which leapt onto the rump of one of the ponies. The beast went with them hanging onto the saddle until they turned off the road into the home track. The rider's coat was torn and the horse was badly injured and had to be destroyed. The injured boy was put into Hospital, and according to the report, "They were all ill after their fright."
 

 

 

 

El Chupacabra

The first sightings of the terrifying and extraordinary Chupacabra occurred there in the early nineties although stories of similar beats have passed down through the ages. In the late 1990's reported sightings began in the US and Chile. In recent times they have appeared in Nicaragua and India

Descriptions range from a mix of vampire and marauding, furry lizard to a viscous red eyed alien like flying monkey, to a three foot rat-like creature, with horns and wings. Many in Puerto Rico, described the animal as having a "reptilian body, oval head, bulging red eyes, fanged teeth and long, darting tongue". Puerto Rico has been long thought to be a UFO hotspot. Rumors of secret US military bases and reports of mysterious lights in the sky have persisted. The massive Arecibo Observatory (below) is located on the North part of the island. and Puerto Rico harbours a number of military animal research laboratories. Chupacabra translates into 'Goat-Sucker', the name inspired by its' earliest attacks, where goats were found with their blood drained and with two peculiar puncture marks on their necks. There have been reports alleging that particular organs were missing from some of the victim's bodies, without any visible way for those organs to have been removed. It is one of the most closely studied beasts examined under the general heading of cryptozoology, the study of animals that may or may not be real. Chupacabra's are said to have spinal quills which double as wings. It is claimed that the Chupacabra is accompanied by an unusually strong scent of sulphur, not unlike the demonic creatures of folklore. Witness Madelyne Tolentino claimed, "it jumped like a kangaroo and smelled like sulfur." It has also been known, in some cases, to have supernatural strength. In one case, it allegedly tore a 16ft by 14ft iron gate off it's hinges to get to the animals. There has been rumor that the smell the creature emits is actually it's way of immobilizing the animals while it drains them of their blood. It is not only animals the creature is attacking, but also some humans. Angel Pulido, from Jalisco, reported getting bitten by something that was "a giant bat which looked like a witch". Also in Mexico, Teodora Reyes showed marks which were supposedly caused by the claws of the Chupacabra Speculation has placed the Chupacabra as a resident of another galaxy, or a half-man, half-beast vampire who roams the countryside terrorizing farm animals. Others say that the Chupacabra is panther-like. The truth could even lie within the UFO phenomena, the theory being that the Chupacabra is actually the pet panther, which hops like a kangaroo, of some irresponsible aliens who let it wander around. Like obnoxious relatives who let their children rampage through the house. Interestingly this is the theory held by many associated with the mysterious photographs of wild panthers seen roaming in Australia. They are said to be mascots and pets left behind by US military members who once served in areas where sightings have been made. These include parts of East Gippsland in Victoria where US personnel have served at the Sale Air Force Base. One of the big cats was filmed in the Blue Mountains (New South Wales) in May 2001. In every Chupacabra case, a predator appeared to wantonly kill livestock (usually goats or chickens), then mysteriously disappeared. No meat was taken, and only a small bite to the neck was apparent. And though no photographs of the Descriptions range from a mix of vampire and marauding, furry lizard to a viscous red eyed alien like flying monkey, to a three foot rat-like creature, with horns and wings. Many in Puerto Rico, described the animal as having a "reptilian body, oval head, bulging red eyes, fanged teeth and long, darting tongue". Puerto Rico has been long thought to be a UFO hotspot. Rumors of secret US military bases and reports of mysterious lights in the sky have persisted. The massive Arecibo Observatory (below) is located on the North part of the island. and Puerto Rico harbours a number of military animal research laboratories. Chupacabra translates into 'Goat-Sucker', the name inspired by its' earliest attacks, where goats were found with their blood drained and with two peculiar puncture marks on their necks. There have been reports alleging that particular organs were missing from some of the victim's bodies, without any visible way for those organs to have been removed. It is one of the most closely studied beasts examined under the general heading of cryptozoology, the study of animals that may or may not be real. Chupacabra's are said to have spinal quills which double as wings. It is claimed that the Chupacabra is accompanied by an unusually strong scent of sulphur, not unlike the demonic creatures of folklore. Witness Madelyne Tolentino claimed, "it jumped like a kangaroo and smelled like sulfur." It has also been known, in some cases, to have supernatural strength. In one case, it allegedly tore a 16ft by 14ft iron gate off it's hinges to get to the animals. There has been rumor that the smell the creature emits is actually it's way of immobilizing the animals while it drains them of their blood. It is not only animals the creature is attacking, but also some humans. Angel Pulido, from Jalisco, reported getting bitten by something that was "a giant bat which looked like a witch". Also in Mexico, Teodora Reyes showed marks which were supposedly caused by the claws of the Chupacabra Speculation has placed the Chupacabra as a resident of another galaxy , or a half-man, half-beast vampire who roams the countryside terrorizing farm animals. Others say that the Chupacabra is panther-like. The truth could even lie within the UFO phenomena, the theory being that the Chupacabra is actually the pet panther, which hops like a kangaroo, of some irresponsible aliens who let it wander around. Like obnoxious relatives who let their children rampage through the house. Interestingly this is the theory held by many associated with the mysterious photographs of wild panthers seen roaming in Australia. They are said to be mascots and pets left behind by US military members who once served in areas where sightings have been made. These include parts of East Gippsland in Victoria where US personnel have served at the Sale Air Force Base. One of the big cats was filmed in the Blue Mountains (New South Wales) in May 2001. In every Chupacabra case, a predator appeared to wantonly kill livestock (usually goats or chickens), then mysteriously disappeared. No meat was taken, and only a small bite to the neck was apparent. And though no photographs of the assailant itself exist, hundreds of photos of the dead animals are on record, eerily similar - drained of blood, but otherwise intact. And there are those eyewitnesses, from dozens of incidents in far-flung regions, all telling strikingly similar stories. The most recent episode of attacks which could be related to the mysterious El Chupacabra occurred in India. On May 15, 2001,100 people in New Dehli, were attacked by an animal with similarities to the Chupacabra. Witnesses said that the creature was a monkey man with a hairy body and sharp metal claws. The animal was described as a little over a metre tall with a dark face, large eyes and a human-like body. Most of those attacked had been driven to sleep on the roof by the sweltering Indian heat. The attacks happened over a wide area and if there was only one of the critters investigators say it must have had wings to be in so many places at once. The same newspaper followed up with a story on May 17 2000. Headed, 'Monkey Man Claims Two Lives', the correspondent stated that two people had died in the Indian capital after they jumped off roofs fearing the killer animal was nearby. One of the victims, a pregnant woman jumped to her death after she heard people screaming, 'the monkey has come!'. Reports of the animal's appearance varied with apparent characteristics being glowing red eyes and even a helmet. Some said it changed shape from a monkey in to a tawny coloured cat-like creature.
Nov 19, 1995 - 35 times in three months.
Canovanas Puerto Rico
Angela Laje saw it one afternoon in her back yard when it came out of the brush and bit the family dog. "I think it belongs to the monkey family, but it isn't a monkey exactly," he said. ``It ran like a monkey and was about four feet tall, but it didn't have a tail". This led to the mayor of Canovanas, Jose' Chemo' Soto (below), setting traps baited with goats in an unsuccessful attempt to trap a Chupacabra.
September 1, 2000
Leon, Nicaragua
The carcass of a creature believed to be the Chupacabra was found on the outskirts of a small Nicaraguan farm 92 miles from the city of Malpasillo. According to the farmer, Jorge Talavera, he shot the creature three days earlier and left the remains for the vultures. Talavera told Nicaraguan newspaper, La Prensa, that the creature sucked the blood of 25 of his sheep in just 15 days, and his neighbour lost 35 others - nearly five sheep were lost per night.
Malpasillo veterinarian Gioconda Chévez told La Prensa, "It could be a hybrid animal made up of several species, created in a laboratory by genetic engineering." But local authorities want to be sure.
The remains have been taken to the University of Nicaragua at Leon for study by veterinarians and biologists. Preliminary findings have uncovered some interesting anomalies, though specifics are few in number. According to a report on the Fortean Times (www.forteantimes.com/), professor Carlos Gomez, a biologist and specialist in morphology, thinks the animal could be a normal dog. The anomalous findings could be a result, he says, of the decomposition process. But final reports and DNA testing are not yet in, and other specialists are scratching their heads over the abnormal findings.
October 1999
Brazil
Brazil's Corriero Braziliense newspaper reported eight goats and three sheep dying of single wounds to the neck. Other Brazilian eyewitnesses claimed to have seen an animal that may fly or leap with powerful, monkey-like hind legs, attacking animals and humans both. Most witnesses also claim to have seen fangs. Whatever killed the livestock hadn't eaten them, but inexplicably drained the animals of blood and left the meat behind.
June 29, 1997
Brazil
A program aired on Brazilian television with the news that there had been several sightings of the Chupacabra's in Brazil, as well as an apparent killing of one. Two men were fishing at night when they spotted something coming out of the lake. They were unsure what it was, so they shot it, and the next morning they discovered that it was a Chupacabra. They cut off the creatures head and now are still in possession of it. On the television program, they showed the head and the interviewers asked the man to cut off part of the bone for analysis, but the man refused. Another part of the program had an American UFOlogist, who is living in Brazil, claiming that he had captured a live one. He refused to show it to local authorities, stating that he would only allow American investigators inside his house where the creature is kept. I'm sure he's hoping to get money for his "find". He described the creature as having "very large, slanted, glowing red eyes. Face is flat, perhaps simian-like, body some say is covered with spotted skin "like a frog's" or has "spikes on its head and back" with "chicken legs" that have a 3-toed foot about six inches long. Such tracks have been found and photographed in dirt near dead animals. This creature has been seen to hop, or fly, from the ground to a tree or from trees to the ground." "It attacks so fast, everything from horses to sheep. It sucks out the blood completely."
May 12, 1996
Mexico's southern state of Chiapas
28 dead rams found with puncture marks
May 11, 1996
The Chapucabra was spotted over the weekend May 10/11 1996 in Tucson Arizona by local resident Billy Nubian. Mr. Nubian currently resides in his trailer located on north Flanwell ave. Around two a.m. Mr. Nubian and his companion Nancy Pontiac awoke to the frantic bleats of their two goats Mattie and Delilah. Upon rushing from the trailer Nubian spotted a large "ratlike creature" wrestling with Mattie. "Tha little pisser had her pinned down in her pen, an when I came out an it seen me it let out this unhuman shriek like some fuckin' banshee or somthing!" said the visibly shaken resident. Ms. Pontiac emerged seconds later and saw nothing, and claims William is "Crazy as an elephant in heat". She did however admit to hearing the goats worried bleats, and does not dispute the monsters existance.
Here is a quote from the Arizona Daily Star Sunday May 11, 1996
Anxiety has swept Mexico as newspapers report dozens of sightings and attacks by goatsuckers, which reportedly look like 3-foot rats with wings and enormous teeth and suck the blood of livestock and humans.
"A lot of Mexicans believe in extraterrestrials, so that's what they think they are,'' said Cristina Fernandez, a Mexico City resident.
So severe has panic become that Mexican officials warned last week that important ecosystems are being threatened as rural farmers set fires in caves to kill off goatsuckers, which they think are related to vampires.
May 9, 1996
2 am. Espinoza Family - a front door was opened and a creature
was seen 3 to 4 foot high with scaly skin, clawed hands,
red eyes, and a row of spines from the skullcap and down
the back. The creature "mumbled and gestured".

5-5.3O a.m. - dawn
A seven year old boy in the same house said the creature
stood on his bed and briefly on his chest. Both the older
and younger Espinoza family members described a smell
"like a wet dog."
May 3, 1996
Calderon Village Sinaloa, Northern Mexico.
A giant bat-like creature terrorizes a village. Goats are found
daily with their blood sucked dry, witnesses
said today. Farmers have formed night vigilante squads.
"We are telling people to keep the women and children
locked up inside at night" a villager said, "Nobody knows
really what it is." Dozens of goats have fallen victim to
the bloodsucker. It has allegedly attacked one human.

May 3, 1996
Mexican State of Sonora - Veracruz and Agua Prieta.
Numerous animals drained of blood and a vague report of
a human suffering the same fate.

May 3, 1986
Sinaloa State, the state below Sonora State.
Dead cows and sheep. The animal(s) is described as 1-1.5 feet
and able to take flight.

May 3, 1996 Mexico
Six similar attacks are reported.
Thur May 2, 1996
Juarez Mexico
Many small mammels, dogs, etc. have met with this tall
"animal"-like being with three toed feet and hands, on haunches
with the fore arms suspended at chest level
very similar to a kangaroo. It has a row of spikes or
straight feather like projections from it's head and
down it's back that raise and lower and have been seen to
glow with their own light. Has been seen to take off on
all fours. The "sucking " device seems to be a tube like
projection from the mouth.

May 2, 1996
Mexico and Miami
Attacks are becoming more distributed. Wounds resemble 1/4"
holes similar to a biopsy puncture that extend completely
through muscle tissue and in at least one instance the wounds
were discovered pronouncedly through the inner tissue without
leaving any wound traces on the surface layer skin.
May 2, 1996
Rio Grande Valley South Texas
Pet goat dead with three puncture wounds in its neck.
6 year-old goat found with "telltale marks of the Chupacabra.
April 1996
Iquique, Chile
Farmers in Calama, a mining town in the heart of Chile's harsh northern desert, awoke to find their goats and sheep dead in their pens. An unidentified predator had mutilated the animals' necks. By the time the television cameras arrived, the rumor of a Chupacabra attack, Chile's first, was spreading fast through the slender Pacific nation.
March 1996
NW Miami rural area
Killed about 40 animals. One woman saw a dog-like figure
standing up, with two short hands in the air.
Jan 7, 1996
Klamath Falls, Oregon
One week old calf dead and mutilated. Right ear had been
cut off and the entire skull had been removed.
Jan 4, 1996
Isabella County, Michigan.
Eight calves frozen and dead. Two were skinned of their hide
from head to hooves; six were skinned of all their hide from
neck to hooves. All were black and white Holsteins and about
a week old.
CHUPACABRA'S TIMELINE (Pre-1996)
Early-mid 1970's: Rio Grande Valley South Texas: Sightings of what may have been a condor linked to a rash of
mutilated cattle. Blood was removed to the last drop.

November 16, 1988, Puerto Rico: Witnesses observed a disk being chased by fighter planes which 'seemed to enter the UFO's innards from an entry on its under carriage'.
December 28, 1988: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico: Hundreds report seeing a huge triangular UFO over the city. (Re: Pic. from Russia, March 1990.
1994 Puerto Rico: 4 or 6 "little greys" found under a bed and chased out of the
house with a broom. (reported by Joyce Murphy.)

March 11 1995: Orocovis: Eight sheep found dead. The animals had three strange marks or puncture holes in the chest and were described as "completely drained of blood."

August 1995: Canvanas, Puerto Rico: Chupacabra blamed for the death of about 150 animals.
Sun Nov 19, 1995: Puerto Rico: The chupacabra is blamed for the deaths of dozens of turkeys, rabbits, goats, cats, dogs and even horses and cows. The creature was said to have ripped open the bedroom window of a house in the north-central city of Caguas, destroyed a stuffed teddy bear, and left a puddle of slime and a piece of rancid white meat on the windowsill. It had hairy arms and huge red eyes. In another attack it came at about 7 a.m. "It just showed up and -- poof -- it vanished."

Nov 19, 1995. - 35 times in three months.
Canovanas Puerto Rico: Angela Laje saw it one afternoon in her back yard when it came out of the brush and bit the family dog. "I think it belongs to the monkey family, but it isn't a monkey exactly," he said. ``It ran like a monkey and was about four feet tall, but it didn't have a tail.'' This led to the mayor of Canovanas, Jose' Chemo' Soto (below), setting traps baited with goats in an unsuccessful attempt to trap a Chupacabra.
Dec 7. Near Guanica, Puerto Rico: Unusual bloodless deaths of chickens and cows.

Dec 14 Naguabo on the east coast: Several caged rabbits were "found dead with holes in the neck area, without a drop of blood." Other rabbits had disappeared. Near rabbit cage was a track with a three-toed claw.
Dec 15, 1995: Puerto Rico: In one year is thought responsible for at least 1OOO killings-goats, sheep, cattle, chickens and other animals. There are many eye witness accounts. The creature is 4 - 6 feet tall, walks upright, is not humanoid, has large oval alien type eyes.
Dec 18, 1995: Puerto Rico: Animals died as the result of a single puncture mark found on some part of the body which apparently drained them of blood. One photo shows a Siamese cat with a puncture mark through its skull.
Dec 18, 1995: Puerto Rico: Local tabloid Vocero echoed the possibility that giant vampire bats had infiltrated the island in cargo shipments proceeding from South America. Normal sized bats are fairly common in the Caribbean.
Dec 21, 1995 3am: Near Guanica, Puerto Rivo: 44-year-old Osvaldo Claudio Rosado was washing a car. He was grabbed from behind. He tried to fight off the intruder and saw a black-haired "gorilla" about five feet tall which ran off. Rosado had cuts in his abdomen, possibly torn by fingernails or claws.

Dec 21, 1995: Klamath Falls: Pregnant heifer dead with her right ear gone, hide cut from her face, the tongue cut lengthwise along the top of the teeth, all four teats removed leaving black circles on the surface of the udder, and the rectum and vagina cut out in a neat "keyhole" cut. No blood at any of the excisions or on the ground.
Dec 26, 1995. Early morning hours Puerto Rico - Torrecilla Baja region
Woman heard strange noises in her house and dog barking.
Siamese cat found dead with the genitals removed, two guinea
hens with their throats slit, a chicken with "perforations,"
and four ducks and four rabbits dead in their cages.

Dec 26, 1995
Puerto Rico - San German
Eleven goats found dead.
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The LOCH NESS MONSTER

For thousands of years sailors have claimed of large mysterious animals lurking in the waters. But what the sailors are describing nobody knows, could they have made it up or are they real? The Loch Ness monster is a mystical creature that lives in the LOCH NESS which is located in northern Scotland.
The first sighting of this legendary monster was by Saint Columbia who claimed that he saw the monster and he was part of the burial of a man who was bitten by this mystical creature.
It was only until 1933 that people realized maybe there really is a monster and a full scale investigation was launched which attracted a lot of media speculation. It was in that year that a couple who were driving past the lake believed that they had seen a "surging in the water, and an enormous animal rolling and plunging about".
Since that day there has been a widespread interest in the creature and many people have tried to find evidence of the creatures existence. The fact is that monsters have interested and fascinated the minds of peoples for hundreds of years. The nick-name of the Loch-Ness Monster is Nessie.

Many scientists and scholars believe that this monster doesn't exist for the simple reason that all of the present evidence is circumstantial. I Picasso, however do believe that it is possible for this monster to exist. The scientists who believe that she might exist believe that she is not really a monster but just a mammal that is very large in nature like a squid, or sea otter. In Alaska for instance one sea otter was measured at 10.6 metres.
The question arises is Nessie a prehistoric animal like the dinosaur who has mysteriously been able to survive. Descriptions of Nessie are similar to the dinosaur known as the PLESIOSAUR. Scientists agree that plesiosaurs once lived near this particular area, but they say they died out over 70 million years ago.

No one will be sure what Nessie looks like until she is caught. However to catch her is a daunting task. Besides from the fact that she is big, the lake is very dark and misty. The first person to take a photo of Nessie was a Scottish man named Hugh Grant. His picture was unclear but still posed questions which needed to be answered.

The Loch Ness Monster, fondly known as Nessie, is believed to live in Loch Ness Lake in Scotland.Sightings of Nessie date as far back as the 6th Century, when an Irish monk caught sight of the monster while visiting the area. Although Nessie had always been a legend in Scotland, it wasn't until 1934 when Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson got a photo of the legendary lake monster that the tourist industry really boomed. Since then, the Loch Ness monster myth has attracted tourists from around the world. You can even take an hour-long submarine ride in search of the famous lake
Ogopogo
monster in the Canadian province of Quebec. Lake Champlain actually overlaps into the state of Vermont and the province of Quebec, and has been seen in all three places. Champ has been seen more than 240 times in the past 100 years. Lake Champlain's lake monster is described as having one to two humps on its back, is 15 to 25 feet long and is dark in color. Some say, however, that Champ is nothing more than a giant lake sturgeon!
Nahuelito of Argentina
South America is also home to a legendary lake monster. Nahuelito has been seen in Nuhuel Huapi Lake in the Patagonian Mountains of Argentina since 1897. Tourist towns around the lake wasted no time jumping on the Nahuelito bandwagon. You can find Nahuelito lake monster T-shirts and posters everywhere. More than 100,000 people flock to the Patagonian Mountains each season in hopes of seeing the lake monster.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN'S CHAMP
In July 1883, Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney looked out over New York's Lake Champlain and saw a gigantic water serpent about 50 yds (46 m) away. And so began the search for Champ, New York's <p517.htm> very own lake monster. The very first sightings of Champ though, date back to the early 1600s when Samuel de Champlain saw the lake

 

 

The Alma and Yeti: Wildmen of Asia
 

In the forests and plains of Siberia and China and in the mountains of the Himalayas, live two races of mysterious hairy wild people.
Called "Alma" by the Chinese and Soviets and "Yeti" by the Nepalese and Tibetans, these creatures average five feet in height and are covered from head to toe by a coarse hair -- silver and white in the mountainous regions, and orange and brown in the forests.
These creatures are seen only at random, and the evidence for their existence is mostly hair samples, footprints, and vague sightings. Scientists believe the Alma and Yeti are surviving ancestors of our own species; but until specimens are caught, living or dead, final proof is missing.

Variations
There is much disagreement on both what the word 'Yeti' means, and where the name 'Abominable Snowman' -- the common Western and European name for the beasts -- came from (there doesn't appear to be any explaination of the word 'Alma' yet). According to Sir Edmund Hillary in his article in the 1961 World Book Encyclopedia, 'Yeti' is believed to have originally meant "all-devouring creature"; however, according to Jenny Randles in her book Strange & Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, the word is from the Sherpa Yeh-teh meaning 'rock thing.'
As for the title 'Abominable Snowman', in Stranger Than Science Frank Edwards asserts that it is said to either be from a translation of the word 'Yeti', or a translation of the Tibetan name for the creatures, metoh kangmi; but the authors of the Webster's Third New International Dictionary feel the phrase is a mistranslation of the Tibetan 'mi-te', or 'man-bear'. While Jenny Randles states that it comes from a mistranslation of a Tibetan phrase that actually translates as 'manlike creature that is not a man.'
As for the legend itself, there is only a little variation. According to Strange & Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, the Yeti is said to have a horrible scent and white or gray hair, though most other sources describe these creatures as having dark hair.

 

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