UPDATE ON HALE-BOPP COMET
[January 12, 1996] -- Dr. Brian Marsden at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory said on January 12 that the Hale-Bopp comet was last photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on December 8 before it disappeared behind the sun. The last photographs showed a "separate jet" in the comet's large gaseous head which Dr. Marsden and others assume are dust particles and not a broken piece of the comet.
The icy nucleus is now estimated to be smaller than originally thought -- about 50 kilometers wide, or 25 miles. When Hale-Bopp emerges from behind the sun in early March somewhere near the asteroid belt, more photographs will be taken. Dr. Marsden says that April 1, 1997 is the date Hale-Bopp will come closest to the sun and will cross the earth's plane a few days earlier at a distance of ten million miles.
UPDATE ON RECENT UNUSUAL ANIMAL DEATHS
On January 7, 1996, a veterinarian in Klamath Falls, Oregon found a one week old calf dead and mutilated on her farm. The right ear had been cut off and the entire skull had been removed. To date, there is no law enforcement investigation.
This is the second mutilation in Klamath Falls since December 21st when Tim Howard found one of his pregnant heifers dead with her right ear gone, hide cut from her face, the tongue cut lengthwise along the top of the teeth, all four teats removed leaving black circles on the surface of the udder, and the rectum and vagina cut out in a neat "keyhole" cut. There was no blood at any of the excisions or on the ground. Mr. Howard was impressed that he could see his truck's tire tracks and his own shoe prints on the frosty pasture grass but no tracks or signs of struggle anywhere around the cow. Law enforcement visited the scene but there has been no follow-up investigation.
On January 4, 1996, the Isabella County, Michigan Sheriff's Department found eight calves frozen and dead alongside a country road. Two were skinned of all their hide from head to hooves; six were skinned of all their hide from neck to hooves. All were black and white Holsteins and about a week old.
"This is a very weird situation we've got here," said Isabella County Undersheriff William Burns. "These calves look like they were stolen for their hides, but we don't know whose calves they are because no one has reported any missing livestock." So far no suspects have been arrested or arraigned for this crime.
On December 28, El Vocero Newspaper in Puerto Rico reported that the Chupacabras "goat sucker" was suspected in unusual animal deaths in quite separate regions on Tuesday, December 26th. In Loiza of the Torrecilla Baja region, Carmen Cepeda Romero said that in the early morning hours she heard strange noises in her house and that the dog that was tied up on the patio was barking for a long time. When she got up and went out on the patio she found her Siamese cat dead with the genitals removed, two guinea hens with their throats slit, a chicken with "perforations," and four ducks and four rabbits dead in their cages.
That same day Aisle Ramos in San German reported that eleven of his goats were found dead. The police and Department of Natural Resources investigated but to date the illusive chupacabras is still at large.
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