In the 1970s, the phenomenon of cattle and animal mutilation seemed to sweep much of the United States as well as other parts of the Americas and much of Europe. Although the mutilations have never actually stopped, there appears to have been an increase in such incidents since the late 1990s and into the 2000s.
Despite numerous investigations into the phenomena, it still isn’t known who or what is responsible for these seemingly precise “medical” mutilations or why they are happening. Theories range from UFO and alien involvement to satanic cults and rituals to the acts simply being the work of sick individuals who want to inflict pain on animals. The cases are as interesting as they are perplexing. Here are ten modern incidents from around the world.
10. Calves Mutilated Missouri, 2014
The day after he realized that one of his calves was missing in July 2014, a rancher in Missouri made the grim discovery of its mutilated corpse. While doing his daily count of his heard, a buzzard in one of his fields caught his attention. As he made his way over to the bird’s location, he discovered the mutilated calf that it was feeding on. Examination of the calf revealed some horrific injuries. Its internal organs had been cleanly removed, and its entire body had been completely drained of blood. All that remained were its hide and bones.
The rancher reported the case to a local radio station, which in turn made a report to MUFON. Due to similar incidents involving other cattle owners and their herds in the area, the rancher was said to have then sold all of his calves before he lost any more. According to the report, one particular rancher in Missouri had lost 15 calves to similar attacks.
Coincidentally or not, the state of Missouri was said to be on “UFO Alert Rating” of three at the time of the incidents, meaning that over 25 reports of UFO sightings were made in the period of a month. (UFO Alert Ratings range from one to five.) According to this same data, Missouri had the fourth-highest amount of sightings in the United States during this period.