October 21, 1975 - A 1500 pound bison was found dead at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. It was missing an ear and the udder, the genitals were mutilated, and a 24-inch square chunk of hide was missing. The strange thing is that the bison was found in its pen where it was with 50 other bison and 10 American elk - and the only prints belonged to the other animals. The zoo director, Dan Davis, said, "There's no doubt the animal was mutilated with some sort of sharp instrument handled by man."
An autopsy ruled out an attack on predators and showed no signs of disease, but it did show that the bison's blood was abnormally thin as though an anticoagulant had been administered. The zoo's vet, who conducted the autopsy added, "It was very, very strange. There was an excessive amount of (blood-tinged) fluid in the abdominal and thoractic cavities and the fluid had seeped into the body tissue and even into the eyeballs."
The El Paso county coroner, Dr. Raoul W. Urich, also examined the corpse and found that the 2-foot square section of missing hide had been removed with no damage to the underlying tissue. He said, "The cutting was done neatly, cleanly, obviously with a very sharp instrument. The dissection was of the type that would eliminate any type of predator. It was better than I could do if I were trying. It was really an expert job."
The doctor also noted that the body was found within 24 hours of the bison's death and the night was very cold which would have kept the carcass in good condition.
(Fredrick Smith - Cattle Mutilation: The Unthinkable Truth)
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