Aliens, occult, and carrion bugs: Killing of 5 bulls and removal of its sexual organs without blood spill spark wild theories in Oregon
There are no witnesses to the incident. A similar case was reported in 2017 in New Princeton where a cow was found dead in the same manner.
In a bizarre incident at the Silvies Valley Ranch in the Oregon countryside, five purebred bulls were found dead with their sex organs mutilated and blood completely drained from their bodies. The bulls also had the tongues removed, in what is being speculated as an occult ritualistic killing or an alien invasion. The bodies were found with no tracks around them and law enforcement don't know how the grizzly deaths happened. Harney County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Jenkins has asked the public to come forward with any information they may have of the killings.
So far, there are no witnesses to the crime. Jenkins reportedly said people have contacted him with wild theories about carrion insects which feed on the bodies of dead and decaying animals while others felt that these acts were committed by people wanting to harm the ranch owners. There have also been theories, Jenkins said, which believed that there could be craters under the cow carcasses from an alien invasion. The theory suggested that the cows had been taken on a spaceship and their organs cut and then delivered back to the ground.
"A lot of people lean toward the aliens", Jenkins said, according to a report on NPR. "One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. 'Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height." He is, however, certain that this isn't the work of scavengers like coyotes, or predators. The bulls have also not been shot in any way.
Colby Marshall, who is the vice president of the Silvies Valley Ranch, said the bulls the ranch owned were killed as a part of a cult ritual. "To lose a completely healthy animal would be an oddity", he told Associated Press, "To lose five young, very healthy, in great shape, perfect bulls that are all basically the same age... that is so outside the bounds of normal activity." The bull could have been knocked out by a tranquilizer, he speculated adding that the blood could have been removed through an artery and tongue. Jenkins is also of a similar opinion. They could have then proceeded to cut out the organs.
What makes this slaughter even stranger is that this isn't the first time something like this has happened in this remote countryside. NPR reported that in 2017, a cow in New Princeton, Oregon that belonged to local resident Andie Davies was also found in the same way - surgically mutilated and drained of any blood. There had been no tracks around the body. In the 1980s, in a similar incident, a local named Terry Anderson had lost his mother cows in the same way. They had been killed overnight and there was no sign of blood. Her sexual organs had been removed with a sharp object and its mystery still remains unsolved.
"Personally, I would lean more toward the occult, where people for whatever reason - whether it's a phase of the moon or whatever rituals they're going to do with their beliefs - are coming to different areas and doing that", Jenkins said. There is a reward for $1000 from the Oregon Cattlemen's Association and a $25,000 reward from the Silvies Valley Ranch for any information that would help nab those responsible.
The FBI reportedly neither confirmed nor denied that they were investigating the killings.