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Mysterious Llama-Killing Creature May Be Murdering Donkeys in Kentucky

Despite the cuteness of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Eeyore and the all-talk-but-no-action Doneky in Shrek, anyone who’s ever been around real donkeys, whether domestic kind or the wild ass kind that gave destructive human behavior its appropriate name, knows it’s unsafe to mess with them. What is jokingly referred to as “stubbornness” in cartoons and fiction is actually the species’ strong sense of self-preservation resisting anything that looks like it could cause it harm. That resistance is showed in biting, kicking, fighting, struggling and anything else a donkey can do to get away. This is why the latest news of animal killings out of Kentucky is so distressing and puzzling. Just a few miles from where six llamas were found mysteriously killed last week, two donkeys were found dead under similar fiendish circumstances. Aliens unclear on the concept? Big cats? Wolves? Chupacabra? Something worse?

Does this mean I’m safe?

“Something grabbed them on the nose and then in the back. It took several animals to take them down. He wasn’t taken down by one animal. There was more than one.”

Nann Williamson, the distressed owner of the dead donkeys, described to local media what she found when she went to look for them on her property in Buechel, a former small town that is now a large neighborhood in Louisville. Unfortunately, this was on a Sunday morning and the animals hadn’t been seen since the previous Friday, when it appears they were attacked. The advanced state of decomposition allowed investigators to determine where they were bitten but not much else, including the cause of death.

These killings sound eerily similar to the nearby (5 miles away) attacks last week at the Louisville Llama Farm near the Louisville Zoo, where five llamas were found dead with bite marks behind their ears and by their flanks and a severely-wounded sixth had to be put down. There is still no official cause for those mysterious deaths. Nor have there been any official explanations for the deaths of three horses and some big dogs in September 2018 in Monroe County on the state’s southern border. In those, the horses had neck wounds that looked more like surgical cuts than bite marks and there were no signs of a struggle. In all of the cases, it appears the animals were killed but not eaten and there were few, if any signs of entry or tracks.

With nothing else to go on, the local authorities are pushing “canine attack” as the probable cause of the recent killings and are asking residents to report any coyote signs while bringing in any kinds of bait, including livestock, pets and children. Caroline Willette, an owner of the Louisville Llama Farm, thinks blaming canines is barking up the wrong tree. That’s not what killed her 500-pound livestock:

“I see coyotes around here all the time. Llamas are guard animals, (they’ll) mess you up.”

Did whatever killed the horses in late 2018 bite off more than it could chew in 2019 by attacking the much stronger and self-preservationist Kentucky llamas and donkeys? One interesting point … none of the places where the killings occurred appeared to have surveillance cameras. Did the killer know this? Will it go back to the more docile horses? Could this be the return of the infamous Kentucky Devil Monkeys? Or has a new cryptid moved in?

The watch in Kentucky continues.

Did he say Devil Monkeys?

Source: Mysterious Universe

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Mystery primate terrorizes Texas residents

Authorities are still trying to track down the creature.

Multiple witnesses have reported seeing a large primate lurking in the streets of the southern state.

The creature, which has been described by some as a “monkey”, has been seen on numerous occasions in the city of Santa Fe with one witness even claiming it tried to make off with a cat.

Another witness, Patricia de la Mora, called the police in the early hours of Monday morning to report that she had seen a large primate from her window after hearing strange noises outside.

“I look out the window and I see it was in there,” she said. “It was a monkey, a big one.”

“He tried to find something. He looked over there, then he looked over there, and I closed the curtain. I didn’t want him to see me.”

According to reports, officers searched the area for an hour but failed to find any sign of the creature, however the very next day they received another report from someone else living nearby.

“Just had a monkey try to attack me, while checking my mail,” the witness said.

“I’ve spent the last 20 minutes in my car.”

As before, no evidence of the creature could be found.

Residents have since been warned to stay away from the animal if they happen to encounter it.

Efforts to track it down are still underway.

Source: Independent

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An underwater camera records a Loch Ness monster like creature for the first time

It seems that in recent months there has been renewed interest in the Loch Ness monster. As we have already mentioned in various publications, the legend of Nessie dates back to 1,500 years ago, with the first sighting of a “water beast” in the Ness River recorded in 565. But it was not until the twentieth century when the legend He made world-famous. On July 22, 1933, a man named George Spicer, who was traveling with his wife, reported seeing “an extraordinary form of animal” crossing in front of his vehicle. The unidentified creature was apparently huge, without noticeable limbs, but with a large body and a long neck. Spicer said he left a trail of weeds as he headed toward the lake.

And the following year, after at least two more sightings of unexplained creatures in the area, the most famous photograph of the Loch Ness monster was taken by the renowned British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson. Unfortunately, in the 1990s, it was revealed that photography was a hoax devised by a man named Christian Spurling. Since then, there have been countless sightings of Nessie. But now we could have the best evidence in history.

The best evidence in history?

The video shows what appears to be a great creature passing in front of an underwater camera located on the Ness River. It was placed here by the organization “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” , a legal body responsible for the protection and improvement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the District of Ness.

“Let’s be honest: when you see a large eel-shaped object passing your camera on the Ness River, the first thing you think about is the Loch Ness monster,” the organization writes on its Facebook page .

The chamber is installed on Loch Ness to follow salmon currents and help local fisheries replenish rivers and streams. Since the Loch Ness monster catches the attention of all of Scotland, it is easy to forget that the waterways of this country provide the best salmon fishing in the world for fly fishermen, conventional fishers and even those with reflexes fast enough to catch them with their own hands.

And, since there are no bears that belong to the wild variety in Scotland, humans, development and climate change are their worst enemies, so 2019 is the International Year of Salmon, to try to raise people’s awareness about the decrease in the number of these fish.

Apart from this detail, the only thing we know is that the video was published on September 1 and that the water flow is from left to right, indicating that Loch Ness is on the left and Moray Fjord on the right . The Moray Fjord opens towards the North Sea. While the creature looks large compared to the salmon that appears in the images, it is difficult to determine its actual size. 

For the “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” it could be a European eel, an endangered species that breeds in a region of the western Atlantic called the Sargasso Sea. And it seems that science agrees with this theory, as a team from New Zealand collected about 250 water samples during the most extensive study ever conducted on what is the largest freshwater body in the Kingdom United. The subsequent analysis did not reveal evidence of a shark, a giant catfish or a prehistoric creature, but it did conclude that there could be something out of the ordinary.

Loch Ness monster underwater camera - An underwater camera first records the Loch Ness monster

The DNA of the eels was so abundant in the water that scientists concluded that giant specimens could be living in the depths of the lake, which when raised to the surface could have been confused with the mythical monster. The research was conducted by the geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago. Is that what the underwater camera recorded? Most people will think that some type of giant eel is, but there is a problem, and that is that these anguilliform fish are found in the Ness River between December and January. This video was recorded at the end of August.

What do you think about the video? Is it the Loch Ness monster?

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Fact or fiction? One theory ‘remains plausible’ in Loch Ness monster search

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Fact or fiction? A Kiwi scientist is set to reveal his research into the Loch Ness monster.

An international team of researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago, went searching for DNA from the famous 226-metre deep lake in Scotland in 2018.

That DNA was extracted from 250 water samples taken at various locations from the lake, and was then sequenced and analysed against existing databases.

The findings will be revealed at a press conference at Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, on September 5.

Gemmell, while tight-lipped over those results, did say there had been about four main explanations concerning sightings of the monster.

“Our research essentially discounts most of those theories, however, one theory remains plausible.”

Previously Gemmell said it would be a surprise if any evidence of DNA sequences similar to those from a large extinct marine reptile turned up.

If scientists detected sequences suggestive of a reptilian animal, “we can explore that further”, he said.

The study could also test whether the monster was a large fish: a catfish or sturgeon. The main driver of the project was to show how the science process worked.

“It’s a project people are excited about and we’re able to tell them about the science we do in a different context,” Gemmell said.

“Monster of no monster, environmental DNA – the technology we’re using – is a very exciting way to assess living species in a particular environment. It’s very very good in water.”

The technology had gained widespread popularity in the past five years, and had been used in New Zealand for about three years, but not at Loch Ness.

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