posted on Mar, 8 2003 @ 11:24 AM
On Friday, February 21st, a Channel 4 broadcast reported on the slaying of animals in Barrio La Cuchilla de Candelero Debajo in the municipality of
Humacao (on Puerto Rico's eastern shore). The television report states that an unknown animal killed all of the pigs in their pens and ripped apart
nine male rabbits, leaving one female alive. It was also noted that a duck survived the assault. Eyewitnesses were only able to see a shadowy form
that ran away. At the scene of the incident it was possible to recover a plaster cast of a feline paw-print. This print is under the custody of the
Department of Natural Resources. The video documentary also shows scratches on the pens' wooden posts which were apparently made by the animnal in
The Channel 4 report did not indicate the exact location or date of the mutilations, but it mentions that officials have spent over a week looking for
the assailant. The reader must be aware that there are no predatory feline species native to Puerto Rico. This fact makes the incident so much more
important: if a feline is involved, it must be a species that escaped from some unknown institution, or which escaped or was set free by its owner.
The journalist covering the story for Channel 4 was Efrn Arroyo along with photojournalist Humberto Mercado Nazario. Emergency Manager Jose Baez
handled this case personally.
Ovni.net reported to the scene and was able to obtain the following video images filmed by residents of Barrio La Cuchilla:
Here is the rest of the story: