posted on Apr, 17 2003 @ 06:57 PM
Strange Hairy Biped Terrorizes Family In Salta
Patricio Saldaño, custodian of the municipal garbage dump, and his family, had quite a fright on February 26: at 22:00 hours, alerted by the barking
of his 30 hounds, who ran furiously from one side to the other in the vicinity of a pig pen, Lighting a flashlight, he went out to investigate.
"I couldn’t believe it. Less than 10 meters away was that strange hairy animal that people have reported, standing on two legs. It was like an
enormous monkey. It made no noise--it just looked at me fixedly with his red eyes and every so often moved his powerful arms to frighten my dogs, who
were harrassing it but not attacking.
"The beast, belonging to a species that I had never seen in books, had nails as long as daggers, which shined in the light." Patricio is 62 year old
and has been in charge of the municipal dump for 15. He lives there with his wife, three male children, an eight year old daughter and a four year old
When the encounter occured, he was in the company of his wife and the girls. "I didn’t believe the story everyone’s talking about," he stated,
referring to eyewitness claims about having been attacked in Arroyo Salado, 6 km east of the town center.
"But some days ago a man came around these parts to ask me if I had seen a colt that he’d lost. Later I found out that it was discovered hereabouts,
dead and devoured. That’s why when the dogs barked, I thought about the pigs. And it dawned on me that it could be an old puma. But there it was:
quiet and looking at me intently. Suddenly, it turned on a heel and began to walk away."
"It was an animal, but it walked like a man." Saldaño said that his wife and the two girls were also able to see the creature from a distance.
"I’ve told them not to go out at night or wander away from the house."