Veterinarians Analyse Chilean Humanoid Creature
An article by Dr. Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo
Dr. Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo
Miami UFO Center
Preliminary lab analysis and opposing views from different veterinarians regarding the discovery of the alleged humanoid being have generated controversy and debate not only in Chile, but also throughout Latin America and in Europe. Ever since Mega News Network of Chile first reported the story of the 3-inch long creature found near Concepcion by family members during an outdoors trip, numerous speculations, rumors, and theories about the origins of that creature have begun to spread. The opinions from different veterinarians and health specialists in Chile are sharply divided, some point out that the alleged humanoid creature is nothing more than part of the local wild life, mentioning the possibility that it is a wild cat, or perhaps a so-called monito de monte or mouse opossum (Dromiciops Gliroides), which is a marsupial commonly found in Chile and Argentina. Other health specialists assure that the creature does not fit the descriptions of any local animal.
Doctor Mario Dussuel conducted a preliminary analysis on the tiny carcass. According to Dussuel, the 3-inch long carcass indicates that is neither a fetus, nor the remains a feline. "I took a good look at the tiny mummified body. It is very strange, very small, very light, but what caught my attention is its slanted eyes. Besides its unusual physical appearance, what makes it different than any animal from the area is the length of its fingers, and how thin its neck is", he explained.
Dussuel also mentioned that in order to proceed with any further studies, it is necessary to conduct an electronic microscopic analysis from tissue samples, and perhaps obtain a DNA sample from the tiny carcass. "It is very important that we conduct these tests. Without studying the tissue and DNA samples, we cannot make a distinction between different animal species, or if its biological composition could somehow be similar to that of a human fetus. This is indeed an extraordinary case, and it may resonate nationally and abroad" he said.
On the other hand, in an interview with investigator Cristian Riffo, Doctor Arturo Mann, a specialist from the University of Santo Tomas assured that the alleged creature is nothing more than a mouse opossum, a small mammal that inhabits the Valdiviana Forest in Southern Chile. "The carcass does not appear to be a human fetus. During my preliminary analysis, I concluded that this small mammal belongs to the local wild life. By looking at its long fingernails, it is possible that it used its hands to dig. Its physical characteristics are similar to those of a monito de monte (mouse opossum). This particular species is related with marsupials from Australia, but the Chilean relatives are much smaller. These are nighttime animals. They eat insects and small fruits," he said.
Basing his study on wild life publications in the University of Santo Tomas, Doctor Mann claims that he is 90% certain about his conclusion. He also explained how the `mouse opossum' found in Concepcion could have died. It is very possible that this mammal was very weak. "Marsupials in Chile hibernate and become drowsy during the winter. When these marsupials consume and gather enough food, they begin their hibernation in April or May, and it lasts until August or September. At the end of their hibernation period, they are very weak because they have not consumed any food for months. In addition to that, there could have been unfavorable climatic conditions for this marsupial to survive," he said.
However, other veterinarians are not so sure that it may be "just a mouse". In order to demonstrate that the alleged creature found in Concepcion was not the mouse opossum, three veterinarians went on national television to express their disagreement. The Megavision Television Network invited the young veterinarians on the show titled "The Law of the Jungle," on October 26 of 2002. Each veterinarian was specialized in different fields; one was specialized in insects, another one in wild animals, and the last one in domestic animals and pets. The wild life specialist (pictured left) claimed to have studied the mouse opossums of Valdiviana and he assured that the dead specimen does not correspond to that particular species type.
During their television appearance, the veterinarians conducted a preliminary analysis of the carcass. "The lower jaw does not present the typical characteristics of a mouse opossum; it does not have the small pointed teeth. The cranial formation is at least double the size if compared with those particular mammals. Unfortunately, the carcass is badly decomposed and we cannot examine the upper jaw. And strangely enough, now that I just mentioned how decomposed this specimen is, let us not forget that this is highly unusual; I have never seen a body so decomposed after being dead fro only 25 days," said one of them. "Furthermore, the mouse opossum has a tail. This specimen does not have a tail and does not present any trace of evidence that it had one at some point in time. Another remarkable difference is the fact that its body does not have any traces of hair; the only hair we are able to find is on what appear to be its eyebrows. Mouse opossums have a very thick coat of hair throughout the body." They also pointed out to obvious physical aspect differences, such as the long and thin torso, as well as how the slanted eyes are so much larger than the ones of a mouse opossum.
Another veterinarian referred to investigations conducted by Jaime Ferrer in Northern Chile; he compared the carcass to eyewitness descriptions mentioning the "Chupacabras." Several references were made to different foot tracks found by Ferrer, as well as articles and photos posted on Rense.com and the Miami UFO Center website. They announced that the final results of their analyses will be revealed within days.
Special thanks to Jaime Ferrer
Translation by Mario Andrade
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