Cattle Mutilations Debunked

Cattle Mutilations Debunked

I’m a rancher who raises cattle. I believe cattle “mutilations” are natural decomposition. And I have evidence – take a look.

Angus-Hereford heifer

“Cattle mutilation” is a term applied to what has been presumed to be unnatural death of cattle with characteristic coring of udder, rectum, lips, and eyes, along with absence of noticeable blood. Some owners additionally report coincident events such as silent black helicopters, strange craft or lights in the sky, or paraphernalia such as a gas mask left on the ground.

It should be noted that the tissues generally involved in the “unexplained coring” are soft organs and tissues. The hair-covered hide of most of a cow’s body is thick and tough. Depending on climate and environment, the hide can remain for years after the soft tissues of the cow have decomposed. The thick, hair-covered skin may only grow stiffer and tougher before eventually succumbing to the elements of weather and nature over a period of years – again, depending on climate and predation.

Soft organs and tissues around the mouth, eyes, and rectum provide easy access for organisms of decomposition such as flies, beetles, and bacteria to enter the body. It is these tissues that disappear first after death.

In addition to the traditionally cored features, the carcass shown below includes a similar large hole on the left side of the chest. Though not at one of the characteristic coring locations, it provides a nice example of the smooth rounding and “searing” or sealing of the skin typically seen with the coring events. This hole likely began as a tear in the hide due to bloating soon after death. The “searing” of the edges is due to the action of the insect larvae present in the carcass.

Young Angus-Hereford cow

A cattle mutilation is not a case of slaughter by unknown entities that suck the blood from the animal and then use laser or alien technology to cut out the lips, udder, rectum, and eyes, before disappearing into the night. The animal dies, the blood coagulates, and natural elements of decay set in, first affecting the softest tissues and gaining entry to the interior of the body. This is the process that is easily observed when an onsite rancher has the opportunity to watch the natural forces of decay at work on a carcass from day to day.

Lack of blood on the ground or evident bleeding is often cited as evidence of unknown forces at work in cattle mutilations. Yet, this is normal. When livestock or other animals die of natural causes in the field, there normally is no blood evident. It would coagulate rather than run out onto the ground. External blood would be expected only if the animal fell prey to severe laceration prior to death.

Common sites for the so-called coring effect are the udder, rectum, lips, and eyes. These are the tender areas of soft, thin skin and natural openings for easiest access inside the animal. Bacteria begin decomposing the carcass, flies and beetles lay eggs in decaying flesh, and maggots consume the soft tissue. The uterus and rectal areas disappear, leaving a rounded gap of smooth and evidently seared skin. Note that ancient and revived medical practices have successfully used maggots to clean wounds that have resisted healing.

The photographs in this article show natural forces decomposing soft-tissue organs of two deceased cows. Initial decomposition occurs in a manner commonly referred to – in the context of cattle mutilations – as “coring.” At work are insects in both adult and larval forms, as well as bacteria. The carcass shown above has a hole in the left shoulder/chest area in addition to those at the rectal and udder locations. A photo of this cow’s rectal coring is shown below. Coyotes did not approach either carcass until months after death.

Cattle mutilations are simply natural decomposition wrought by natural forces such as adult and larval insects as well as bacteria.

Photos not for the squeamish

These cows died from natural causes. The young pregnant cow died after going into labor and failing to give birth. The 23-year-old cow died of old age. Both have been decaying naturally. Apparent coring of rectum, udders, and lips occurred from natural causes, shown here to be flies, beetles, and their larvae or maggots. There were no silent black helicopters. No lasers or alien technology. No gas masks or other paraphernalia left on the ground. No sightings of mysterious aircraft, either human-made or alien. It’s nature at work.

Below: Hundreds of larvae (maggots) where the older cow’s udder had been. Specific species of larvae and insects have yet to be identified.

Angus-Hereford cow carcass

The photo below of the young cow carcass shows rectal coring. Note thousands of tiny larvae on the righthand side. Lots of small organisms at work in both photos.

Young Angus-Hereford cow

The young cow’s udder (not pictured) had similarly disappeared.

The culprit in cattle (and other livestock) mutilations is a cadre of insects and their larvae working in concert with certain bacteria.

The mystery of cattle mutilations is solved.

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