While I think that most of the latter day
mutilations of livestock are the work of copycat killers
(not unlike copycat crop circle
), I still find the earliest cattle mutilations intriguing. Particularly the case of the "Snippy" mutilation in 1967, which was really
the first such case attributed to aliens.
The first indication that this story was skewed early-on by the news media is the fact that the horse's name was not
mutilated horse was actually named "Lady," but reporters seized the name of another horse
(a living, non-mutilated one) on the same ranch in
Alamosa, Colorado. Perhaps the name "Snippy" was just too apropos, too good to pass up, for a story about a horse with its flesh seemingly
In a nutshell, "Lady" the horse went missing for 2 days before its carcass was discovered by her owners, and its head and neck
denuded of flesh, right down to the skeleton, which was clean and white. No massive blood loss was apparent, although the ground immediately under
the horse's head and neck was covered in a stinking, black, coagulated jelly. The day following
the discovery, the rest of Lady's body
started to rapidly decompose, producing a greenish goo that the owner says burned her fingers.
Rather than the expected putrid stench
the owners described a "medicinal" odor at the scene which lasted for a couple of days after the discovery.
A ranger of the U.S. Forestry Service came out to investigate and was pretty much shocked by what he saw. Supposedly, he took Geiger counter readings
at the scene, and found a peculiar increase in radioactivity a good distance away from the body.
As to the manner of Lady's demise, nobody can really say, because there were so many conflicting stories (by pathologists and pseudo-pathologists and
veterinarians and crackpots) that the truth of the matter has merged with the fantasy. One examiner said that Lady was missing select vital
(including her spinal column!!
), while another examiner said that there was nothing about the case inconsistent with predation. One
investigator said there was evidence of a debilitating infection in Lady's hindquarters, and that somebody had probably slit her throat
her out of her misery. Another investigator said the horse was shot dead
. And, way out on the fringe, it was suggested that the horse had
been strung up into some sort of massive A-frame, and then dunked head-first
into a vat of acid.
When the story finally broke nationally, a witness
in the Alamosa vicinity reported seeing a triangle formation of red lights
in the sky
(this was 1967, mind you) just before Lady was killed and mutilated. Next thing you know, NICAP was involved, and the UFO-mutilation link was
And here's a mind-blowing bonus...
Somebody is going to try
the skeleton of "Snippy" the horse on eBay in a few
Snippy for SALE!
Before you run to the bank and withdraw all your savings, however, you should be aware that this probably IS the skeleton of the REAL
the horse that was alive and well when "Lady" was mutilated in 1967. So, you WON'T be buying "Lady," you'll be buying
"Snippy," a regular old horse skeleton.
According to Jim Branson (nom de plume
of the guy who wrote the classic "Weird America"), the actual skeleton of Lady the horse
"like shredded wheat" within a very short period of time after her death.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 2/20/2007 by Doc Velocity]