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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

MARCH 10, 1968, OTOCO, POTOSI, BOLIVIA, VALENTINA FLORES:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

On March 10, 1968, or on May 14, 1968, or in the first months of 1968, towards the fall of the day in Otoco, Posoti, Bolivia, Valentina Flores was going back to her farm to shelter her herd of sheep and llamas, when at her great surprise and indignation, she saw that in her farmyard, where she had several females sheep with their offspring, there was someone covered by a sort of plastic-looking net, attacking her sheep.

Valentina Flores shouted and uttered insults towards what she believed to be an ordinary robber of short stature, as it seemed to be only 1.20 meters tall only.

But eventually she realized that it was a strange humanoid, wearing a one piece suit, of obscure color, and carrying a smoked helmet which prevented from seeing his face.

The being appeared to be killing her sheep by ripping their internal organs with a long tube or a rod ending in a point, or a hook according to some other versions.

The humanoid fought back by facing her, throwing at her the instrument with which he had mutilated the sheep, and managed to wound her on several occasions, although not seriously, and to the greatest surprise of the woman, this object each time returned in the hands of the humanoid as if it were a boomerang.

Valentina Flores threw stones at him, some of which hit the humanoid without inflicting any apparent damages to him.

The being then retreated towards a bizarre box-like device supported by four legs, which he started to handle, consequently of what the "net" which covered the farmyard was quickly absorbed into this apparatus.

Immediately afterwards, the small being folded his "device", picked up a sort of bag containing of the internal organs of the sacrificed animals, and started to fly up with a weird noise in front of the helpless and amazed Mrs Flores.

No less than 34 sheep had been killed.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000339
Date of event: March 10, 1968
Earliest report of event: 1970
Delay of report: 2 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local people.
First certain record by: Ufology magazine FSR.
First alleged record type: Local people.
First certain record type: Ufology magazine FSR.
This file created on: November 9, 2007
This file last updated on: November 9, 2007
Country of event: Bolivia
State/Department: Potosi
Type of location: Farmyard.
Lighting conditions: End of day.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Farm woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.20 meters
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting, helmet, backpack.
Entities outfit color: Dark.
Entities skin color: Not visible.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Under helmet.
Entities eyes: Opaque helmet.
Entities mouth: Opaque helmet.
Entities nose: Opaque helmet.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Is in sheep pen, kills animals, fights witness, flies away.
Entities/witness interactions: Fights back stone-throwing witness with sort of boomerang that slightly hurt her.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, threw stones at entity.
Witness(es) feelings: Amazement, anger as entity kills her sheep.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Otoco, Potosi, Bolivia, on early 1968, at 06:00 p.m., Valentina Flores was bringing in her llamas when she discovered that her sheep pen was covered with a net made of some plastic like material, and that inside the pen was a helmeted being, 3.5 ft tall, who was engaged in the killing of her sheep by a tubular instrument having a hook on the end of it. Mrs Flores threw stones at the being, whereupon he walked over to an instrument resembling a radio and, moving a wheel on it, quickly absorbed all the netting. The farm woman approached the pen with a cudgel, upon which the being threw his instrument at her several times; it returned to him like a boomerang, after inflicting superficial cuts on her arms. The entity picked up the machine, which had absorbed the net, as well as a bag containing sheep entrails, and put them into a rucksack on his back. Two legs emerged from the rucksack and extended down to the ground, at which time the entity rose straight up into the air with an "extraordinary" sound, and vanished. 34 sheep were found dead and from every one, "certain small portions of the digestive organs were missing."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Col. R. Ayala and son, and Oscar A. Galindez.

He comments that Very important and intriguing case actually describing some sort of humanoid performing mutilations on animals, and that this incident occurred well before the start of the Chupacabra craze and before the 1972-1980 worldwide animal mutilations.

[Ref. hw1:] SITE WEB "HW22":

An article on the matter of the animal mutilations indicates that in Otoco in Bolivia, in the first months of 1968, country-woman Valentina Flores was said to have seen in her sheep pen a humanoid of one meter twenty in height cutting down the animals with a kind of hook inserted in a tube, extracting the internal organs. Attacked by the woman, who had taken him for a cattle robber, the alien is said to have reacted by wounding Flores with the hook, and by rising in the air with a strange box carried on the shoulders.

[Ref. el1:] EMANUELE LANZOTTI:

For example, the event in Otoco, Bolivia, seems to us to be an urban legend, in which in the first months of 1968, country-woman Valentina Flores was said to have seen in her sheep pen a humanoid of one meter twenty in height cutting down the animals with a kind of hook inserted in a tube, extracting the internal organs. Attacked by the woman, who had taken him for a cattle robber, the alien is said to have reacted by wounding Flores with the hook, and by rising in the air with a strange box carried on the shoulders.

The author indicates that the source is "Gli UFO e la CIA" by A. Lissoni.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on May 14, 1968, at six o'clock in the evening the witness, Mrs. Valentina Flores, heard noises coming from her sheep pen located between the towns of Uyini and Otoco, Bolivia and went to investigate. She found the sheep pen covered with some form of plastic net, and inside was a short being 3.5 feet tall, who was killing the sheep with a tube with a hook on the end. The witness threw stones at the creature, and she was injured when she was thrown to the ground. The tube like instrument absorbed the net, and the entity rose straight up into the air with a strange noise. Thirty four of the sheep had been killed.

Donald Johnson indicates that the sources are Oscar A. Galindez, FSR, July-August 1970, p. 15; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0906, citing FSR.

[Ref. em1:] ERWIN MOLLER:

Erwin Moller indicates that on March 10, 1968, towards the fall of the day in Otoco, Bolivia, se˝ora Valentina Flores returned to her farm to shelter her herd of sheep and llamas, when at her great surprise and indignation, she discovered that in her farmyard, where she had several females sheep with their offspring, there was an unknown being covered by a sort of net, equipped with a one piece suit, of obscure color, and carrying a smoked helmet which prevented from seeing his face. The being appeared to be killing her sheep with a long tube or a rod ending in a point.

Courageous and decided woman, Valentina Flores shouted and uttered insults towards what she believed to be an ordinary robber of short stature, but discovered that it was a strange humanoid, who now made retired towards a bizarre device supported by four legs, which he started to handle, consequently of what the "net" which covered the farmyard was quickly absorbed into this apparatus.

Meanwhile the woman had been throwing stones at him, some of which had hit the humanoid, without inflicting any apparent damages to him.

But he answered the attack by facing her armed with the instrument with which he had mutilated the sheep, and managed to wound her on several occasions, although not seriously, and to the greatest surprise of the woman, this object each time returned in the hands of the humanoid as if it were a boomerang.

Immediately afterwards, the small being folded his "device", picked up a sort of bag containing of the internal organs of the sacrificed animals, and started to rise up in front of the helpless and amazed Mrs Flores, who had lost no less than 34 sheep.

[Ref. mc1:] MARCO CAZOLI:

The author indicates that in Otoco, Bolivia, in the first months of 1968, Valentina Flores saw in her sheep enclosure a humanoid of one meter twenty busy cutting down the animals with a kind of hook inserted in a tube which was used to extract the internal organs. Attacked by the woman who had mistaken her for a cattle robber, the being was said to have answered by wounding her with a hook for then fly up with a strange box on the shoulders.

Points to consider:

Oscar A. Galindez, was a well-known Argentinean ufologist and the Flying Saucer Review's special correspondent in Argentina.

Albert Rosales is right in his comment that this very high-strangeness case predates the publicity around the animal mutilations in relation with UFOs and the Chupacabra lore.

There is no certainty about the authenticity of the event; it has only one witness, and I could not find if any field investigation was conducted or not. However, the story sounds markedly different from the typical tall tales of meeting with UFO occupants of the hoaxers of the time.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 9, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the apparent primary source in FSR. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 9, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No trace of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 9, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 9, 2007 Creation, [ar1], [dj1], [hw1], [el1], [em1], [mc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 9, 2007 First published.

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