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Volume 6, Number 6
Editor: Joseph Trainor


On Saturday, January 27, 2001, a fisherman casting his nets
into the river at Camatari, a town near Salvador, the capital of
the state of Bahia in Brazil and pulled ashore a
strange-looking artifact.

Salvador is a port city on Brazil's South Atlantic shore,
located about 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Rio de

The oopart (out-of-place artifact--J.T.) was described as a
"small android," an "alien toy" and a "toy from the future.

According to M. Fratel, UFO Roundup's correspondent in
Salvador, Bahia, the object was described as "an artifact like a
doll, of humanoid form about 10 to 15 centimeters" (4 to 6
inches) in length. The unusual doll "was translucent and changed
color from blue to red" as the holder touched it with his hand.
The color changes happened repeatedly as the object was held in
differing positions. Also, ""they detected on the skin a liquid
like transpiration."

Televisao Bahia, Canal (Channel) 8 in Salvador showed video
footage of the unusual artifact in its evening news broadcast.
The footage showed the spot where the "weird doll" was found
and an interview with the fisherman who brought it to shore.

Brazil's Policia Militar reportedly took custody of the
"android", which has "which is now being studied by specialists
in Salvador." (See Televisao Bahia broadcast of January 27,
2001. Muito obrigado a M. Fratel por eso caso.)


Chile's ongoing Chupacabra scare continued last week as two
more live creatures were seen in the villages of La Banda and
Independencia Norte, on the rural outskirts of Calama.

"Patricia Valdivia, a resident of the village of La Banda de
Calama, provided a revealing account of her encounter with the
mythic Chupacabra after it appeared on her doorstep at Calle
Lincan 1930 (street)."

Patricia told the newspaper La Estrella del Loa "that she heard
some strange noises at approximately one o'clock in the morning
while she engaged in housework."

(Editor's Note: Right now it's midsummer in Chile, and in the
Atacama Desert, the daytime temperatures go well over 100
degrees Fahrenheit. People wait until after nightfall to do
their household chores because it's cooler then.)

"'It sounded like fighting. After hearing an impact, I walked
towards the door, where I heard a strange howl and some fast,
heavy breathing,'" Sra. Valdivia reported.

"At that precise moment, the woman lifted a curtain and saw
three cats, more paralyzed than a photograph, spaced at
approximately one meter (3 feet, 4 inches) from each other,.
She then looked to the right, and 'There it was, sitting in
front of the door. When it saw me, it jumped immediately over
the outside wall and lost itself in the darkness.'"

(Editor's Note: In Chile, as elsewhere in South America, homes
are built Mediterranean-style around an interior walled

"She noted that 'the strange being' measured between 60 to 70
centimeters in a seated position, while long legs protruded from
its body, which was covered with leaden-colored (gray) hair."

"(Casts of its footprints--S.C.) were taken by ufologist Jaime
Ferrer Who has been researching the (Chupacabra) case for some
months now."

""The woman added that the 'animal' made a strange growling
sound which caused the windowpanes to rattle, a situation that
repeated itself when the Chupacabra jumped to escape."

"Not only in sci-fi films is it possible to find links between
children and aliens, as well as other mysterious creatures.
Similar things also happen in real life, which lead us to pay
greater attention to reports of the presence of Chupacabras in
El Loa province."

"Far stranger is the case of three youngsters in a remote
section of Calama's district of Independencia Norte who were
paralyzed with fright after facing a beast who description" is
similar to the numerous reports from Calam region farmers "of a
creature that has raided their farms, draining the blood of
their cattle, frightening people to death and plunging UFO
researchers into confusion."

Gabriel Herrera, Miguel Salvo and Jorge Salvo have told their
stories separately and with surprising similarity. They recently
saw the mysterious animal--reportedly described by ufologists
as an alien--jump, land and escape."

"'It was about one meter (3 feet, 4 inches) tall and it was
sitting there (in the interior courtyard of the building--S.C.)
but jumped effortlessly when my brother (Jorge) opened the
door. It scared us. It had spines running down its back. It was
hairy and fray. We went to tell Mommy, thinking it was a
rabbit. That's when it got lost. and we all searched for it,'
said Miguel Salvo. 'It didn't have a nose or elbows, but it had
shining eyes and legs that were thick at the top and skinny at
the bottom. It jumped and hid under a pickup truck.'" (See La
Estrella del Loa for January 30, 2001, "Eyewitness account of a
Chupacabra encounter," and February 1, 2001, "Children have
face-to-face encounter with a Chupacabra." Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales, autor de los libros, Chupacabras and Other
Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico y tambien Gloria Coluchi para eses
articulos de diario.)


Malaysia's UFO flap entered its second week with a new sighting
in Penang.

On Sunday, January 28, 2001, C.W. was outdoors in Penang and
"looking north" when she and her companions "saw "saw a bright
light approaching from the Esplanade in the northeast."

C.W. described the UFO as "bright orange with a yellow glow
around it."

"The UFO was heading south. I saw the one bright orange light
coming and then it split into two lights. There was a yellow
glow around the bright orange light. The two lights hovered for
a few minutes and then headed towards the east. Then a bigger
light (same color--C.W.) appeared and stayed for five minutes
and then left in the same direction (east) as the other two
orange lights."

Curiously, C.W. added, the UFOs "came lower and were
stationary" while they hovered over Penang, "and then they moved
higher and faster away." (Email Form Report)


"Has Scarborough had a visit from another world?"

"Ian Baird was waiting for a lift from a friend outside his
house on Settringham Road near Scarborough Head," Yorkshire, UK
"on Friday night," January 26, 2001 "when he saw three
unidentified flying objects high in the sky above him."

"At first Mr. Baird thought that what he was seeing in front of
him was a satellite, but, he said, 'it was it was not going as
quickly as most satellites do. It then went north before

"When Mr. Baird's family came along, they looked up into the
sky and saw the objects coming back towards them."

"It then changed direction and went in an east-west direction."

"Mr. Baird said, 'One thing a satellite tends to do is move
quickly. It (the UFO) was just a single point of light at a
very, very high altitude. There was also a lot of distance
traveled in the short span of time.'" (See the Scarborough
Evening News for January 29, 2001, "Were they UFOs?" Many
thanks to Gerry Lovell for this newspaper article.)


"The (Derbyshire) Dales UFO mystery has deepened yet further
following two more close encounters."

"Over the last few months, Mercury readers have reported seeing
flying saucers, balls of fire and wedge-shaped craft in the
skies above the Dales and Peaks."

"Now another UFO--shaped like a bowler hat--has been seen by
two people hovering over Curbar Gap near Culver."

"A 46-year-old Youlgrave man, who asked not to be named, said
the object was jet black and had a diameter of 100 feet (30

"He and a friend saw the UFO at sunset on Saturday," January 6,
2001, . It was 300 yard (270 meters) away from them and 1,000
feet (300 meters) high" off the ground.

"'We watched it for ten minutes, then it just disappeared into
the air,' he said, 'It wasn't a normal aircraft. There were no
wings or an obvious power source or jet stream (contrail in the

"'It was just spinning" and "apart from a low hum, there were
no lights or portals (doors). I was taken aback It was nothing
like I've seen before. It was large. What it was I just don't

"Last Friday," January 25, 2001, "Bakewell woman Heather
Shuttleworth was travelling toward Haddon Bank when she looked
out of her car window near Beeley Moor at 5:40 p.m."

"She and her husband saw two bright lights, stopped the car and
looked skyward through a pair of binoculars."

"Mrs. Shuttleworth added, 'I knew they weren't aeroplane
lights. They were too bright.'"

"'We couldn't believe what we saw. The lights were the shape of
the flying saucers like on (TV) documentaries.'"

"'My husband got back in the car and drove for one mile from
Falden towards Stanton Moor. There was a red light ball and an
orange light ball moving towards each other.'"

Other recent UFO sightings in Derbyshire Dales include:

January 13, 2001 - "a Matlock man saw a UFO with a pink glow
above Crich."

January 17, 2001 - "Jean Power "saw a long ball of fire over
the Tops in in Matlock heading behind some trees." (See the
Matlock Mercury for January 31, 2001, "UFO tally hits 19." Many
thanks to Gerry Lovell for this newspaper article.)


"A Durrant couple spotted an unidentified flying object
Wednesday night" January 31, 2001, "and told the Muscatine
County Sheriff's Department it hovered over their house for 35
minutes before disappearing over some trees."

"Timothy and Michele Samuelson who live on (address deleted for
reasons of privacy--J.T.) called the Sheriff's Department at
9:10 p.m. They told a deputy that the flying object turned
colors, changing from yellow to green to blue. They also said
there was a red outline around the outside of the object."

"The object was gone by the time the Sheriff's Department
responded" to the call. (See the Muscatine, Iowa Journal for
February 1, 2001, "They're out there." Many thanks to Jim P.
for forwarding this newspaper article.)


"Residents in the Northwest 54th Street and Portland area" of
Oklahoma City, Okla. "have grown accustomed to annoying
squealing and screeching from thousands of birds at all hours
of the night. But Saturday morning" February 3, 2001, "those
residents awoke to a strange unfamiliar sound--the sound of

"They found thousands of dead birds covering the street" in
Oklahoma City.

"Now they fear that those birds were poisoned."

"'I was crying. I didn't know what to do,' Ines DeDios says, It
appears that the birds simply fell from the sky, but common
sense told her otherwise."

"'This means birds don't just drop dead like this,.' Ines found
a still moving. She wrapped it in a warm blanket, placing it
inside (another) blanket. Despite her best efforts, the bird
still fell victim to the same killer that wiped out his entire

"'My son was scared. He's only two (years old). He didn't want
to come out of the house when he saw all of the dead birds
laying down there.'"

(Editor's Comment: Smart boy!)

"'I think there's a better way to control birds., if this is
what people are trying to do.'"

"Tara Fuller says they their constant noise isn't the only
reason (why) someone might have wanted to kill the birds. She
said the massive mess they leave behind could be another reason

"But Ines calls this a weak excuse. 'The excremental or
whatever waste the birds may produce doesn't bother me as much
as a massacre.'"

"However, it apparently hasn't bothered the remaining birds.
Thousands are back, filling every branch of the same tree while
the others lay below."

Oklahoma City "Animal Control officers tell us that the
incident is isolated, although there have been some cases of
polluted water killing entire flocks of birds. They say poison
could very well be the culprit" in this case. (See the KFOR-YV
news broadcast for February 4, 2001. Many thanks to Jim Hickman
for this report.)

(Editor's Comment: This case is identical to the mass death of
birds in Bastrop, Louisiana in 1998. What's going on here? Are
these bird kills a result of some unknown natural phenomenon?
Or are they "unintentional collateral damage" from Project
Cloverleaf and the chemtrails?_


"A week after a brutal earthquake," the worst in India for half
a century, "ripped through the city of Ahmedabad (population 5
million) in Gujarat state, the city has been gripped by panic
following reports of Hindu astrological predictions of an even
more destructive earthquake."

"'We will go inside (the city's buildings--J.T.) only after the
3rd or 4th of February, when the ill effects of the conjunction
are over,' said Naresh Dinghvi, who owns a small paan (leaf
from the betel tree. People in India chew it like gum--J.T.) in
Gujarat's prosperous capital of Ahmedabad."

"'This is going to be a very severe earthquake, more powerful
than the first one,' he added."

"Rumors of a fresh disaster have been flaring thick and fast
since a Gujarat publication quoted a Hindu astrologer was quoted
as saying a powerful earthquake would tear through Gujarat on
Saturday," February 3, 2001.

(Editor's Note: It didn't. However, there was a small
earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale in Guilford,
Connecticut that day.)

"Hindu astrologers say that Pluto, the planet of death, and
Mars, the planet that spells war and aggression, are aligned
ominously at the moment."

"Many of the city's five million people--including
panic-stricken Muslims--have been staying away from their
high-rise apartments."

The Ahmedabad earthquake "measured 7.9 on the Richter scale."
(See the Times of India for February 2, 2001. Many thanks to
Steve Wilson for this report.)

(Editor's Comment: During the past week, there were no
earthquakes in either Houston, Texas or Wilmington, North
Carolina, where the mysterious sky booms occurred. However,
there was a flurry of small quakes around the world. In addition
to the Guilford, Connecticut quake, there was an earthquake
measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale in the South Atlantic just
east of Rio de Janeiro and another quake measuring 4.5 on the
Richter scale near Adak Island in the Aleutians, southwest of
Alaska. So, does the present Mars/Pluto conjunction mean we are
now in "earthquake season?" Or is it a portent of a major war in
the Middle East once Ariel Sharon takes power in Israel? Stay


A 150-pound female gorilla escaped from her cage at the zoo in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday, February 5, 2000. But how
she managed to escape is still a mystery.

"Zookeepers in Pittsburgh are trying to figure out how a
gorilla got loose."

Once free, the gorilla proceeded "to wolf down muffins, cherry
pastries and soda at a concession area. About 250 people cowered
inside nearby buildings at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium for 45
minutes after the 150-pound female gorilla escaped from the
Tropical Forest Complex by crossing a wide moat and scaling a
14-foot (4-meter) wall."

"The unnamed animal, which is three-and-a-half feet (1 meter)
tall, found her way to the zoo's outdoor concession area and
began digging through trash cans. Zookeepers finally lured her
into a women's restroom, injected her with a tranquilizer and
returned her to captivity." (See USA Today for February 6, 2001,
"Female gorilla's escape rattles zoo in Pittsburgh," page 3A.)

 From the UFO Files...


In July 1973, your editor took his first trip to Peru. The day
we visited Mount Huascaran, the highest Andes peak in the
country, our group ran into some diehard hippies from the USA
who were winding up their years-long world tour.

(Editor's Comment: Yes, kids, it's true. Hippies really did
roam the earth back then.)

While we were having a late lunch at Lago de Llanganuco, on the
mountain, we got talking. At the time I was a real "ancient
astronauts" enthusiast. I had read Erich von Daniken and W.
Raymond Drake, and I had only days earlier seen the enigmatic
pre-Mochica ruins at Cerro de Sechin, near Casma and Chimbote.
So I was just gushing about von Daniken, ancient astronauts and
that weird "saucer" stone carving at Cerro de Sechin. When I
finished, Tim Shelton, one of the hippies, grinned and said,
"Hell, Joe, I can top that."

And he did.

First, a bit about Tim. He was from Madison, South Dakota and
graduated from high school in 1964, the year the Beatles first
came to the USA. He was a rabid Beatles fan and went to every
one of their concerts whenever they were over here. He also got
into the hippie scene early, living in Haight-Ashbury when Janis
Joplin was still waiting tables and singing at small clubs.

So when the Beatles embraced the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968,
so did Tim. He told me that he actually met the Maharishi, who
inspired him to visit India. So Tim hooked up with a bunch of
hippies, and they went first to Mumbai (Bombay) and later to
Pune (Poona). On their way back to Pune, they stopped in
Lonavla, to see some of the caves that were visited by Prince
Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, a couple of
millennia ago.

It was a three-kilometer (two-mile_ hike to the nearest cave,
Bhaja, which became a Buddhist shrine back in 200 B.C. The cave,
he explained, is about halfway up a tall hill that has two
ancient forts, Visapur and Lohagad, at the summit.

He admitted that he "was a little strung out when we got there"
because he had "smoked a pooper with Cindy Cooper." And in this
altered state of consciousness, he and the gang explored the 18
caves that served as viharas (Buddhist monasteries--J.T.) and
the large cave that was the chaitya (Buddhist temple--J.T.)

By mid-afternoon, Cindy and the others were eager to move on
and visit the nearby Karla cave. But Tim wanted to have "a quick
toke" so he told them to go on and he would catch up in twenty
minutes or so.

After they left, Tim looked around for a place "so I could
smoke some reefer in private." But there were a lot of Indian
guards around, and their presence was making him paranoid. So
he went deeper into the cave, past a number of stupas until he
came to a waterfall. Behind the waterfall he could make out the
dark outline of another cave.

Perfect! Tim thought. He stepped through the cascading water,
letting it stream off his broad-brimmed hat and Buffalo Bill
jacket with its fringed sleeves. After moving further back into
the cave, he took off his backpack "and got out my smoking
material and rolled a joint."

(Editor's Comment: Don't do this at home, readers. Like Nancy
Reagan says, "Just say no.")

As the cigarette smoldered down, Tim said, he began "feeling
pretty weird. Things were moving and turning, and I didn't
really know what was happening. I smelled this stranger odor.
Like hibiscus or frangipani. Like being at the florist's shop,
you know? It was really far out."

Reshouldering his pack, Tim decided to further explore the
waterfall's cave. "I saw this skinny guy with a long beard and
really long hair in a dhoti (white loincloth--J.T.) sitting in
a side cave in the lotus position. I said "Hey! What's
happening, man?' But he didn't move. It was like he didn't even
hear me. Weird!"

(Editor's Comment: He probably didn't. Sounds like the sadhu
was in a state of samadhi, a meditation trance in which he tunes
out the outside world.)

"The tunnel just went on and on. Now I'm starting to get hyper.
I'm like, 'Hey, how do I get back to the waterfall?' It was
getting darker and darker in there."

Next Tim heard some soft footsteps. He suddenly found himself
face-to-face with a pretty Hindu girl wearing a sari. She had
jet black eyes and her black hair was pulled back in a bun.
"What really impressed me were the diamonds. I mean, I didn't
think they were diamonds at first. But she had on diamond
pendant earrings and a big diamond necklace and a
silver-trimmed gold-colored sari that hung from one shoulder.
She had very thick kohl (black mascara--J.T.) all around her
eyes, and I noticed that she didn't have that red dot on her

(Editor's Comment: Alarm bells should have been ringing right
then and there. First, what is a Brahmin princess doing in the
inner recesses of a Buddhist shrine? Second, since when does a
Brahmin appear in public without her caste mark?)

Thinking the young lady was a tour guide, "like at Disney
World," Tim asked, "Say, honey, how do I get back to the

Folding her slender arms, the girl said in halting English,
"You are not from around here."

"Nope! I'm from the good old U.S. of A."

Laughing, she grabbed his forearm. "Come with me."

"Yeah. Okay. Sure."

They went down a number of dark tunnels. Tim said he started to
"get hyper again." All of the tunnels led downward--deeper into
the hillside.

He balked. "Maybe we better turn back."

"No, no, come." She tugged insistently at his wrist. "This is
the way out. You'll like it. You will see."

Further along, he related, "the tunnel began to lighten" and "I
could see figurines along the walls-- golden figurines--looked
like the illustrated Kama Sutra. Pretty heavy stuff."

(Editor's Comment: Hindu erotic bas-reliefs in a Buddhist
shrine!? Fella, something is definitely not kosher here.)

As if sensing what he was thinking, the dark-haired girl smiled
flirtatiously over her bare shoulder. The tunnel began to get
lighter. Then they walked into a broad underground chamber.
"There was a dim light coming from somewhere, but I didn't see
where. I wasn't tracking too well right then. Anyway, the chick
starts laughing and giving me these really flirty looks."

There were slender pillars and ornate archways and a tiled
floor. But what Tim really remembered about the chamber was the
ghat or pool. Its rectangular shape reminded him of an Olympic
swimming pool, and there were stone steps leading down into it.

"So the chick reaches up and pulls the clasp on her sari. And
down it comes. And she's just standing there in her birthday
suit with golden bracelets and anklets on. We are talking
Playmate of the Month, if you know what I mean. 'Come on. Join
me,' she says. Down those steps she goes, giving me that
come-hither look."

Well, Tim didn't wait for a printed invitation. He shed his
jacket and T-shirt and tie-dyed jeans and Mexican huarache
sandals and followed his shapely guide into the pool.

"I expected the water to be cold, but it was warm, as warm as a
hotel bathtub. She was treading water over near the stone wall.
I swam over there, and we started kissing. I'm thinking,
Nobody's ever going to believe this. I'm making it with some
Hindu chick in a temple pool.

As their lips parted, the girl put her hands on Tim's bare
shoulders...and, with surprising strength, pushed him
underwater. He came up sputtering, only to see her laughing
with glee.

"You caught me by surprise," he said.

And she dunked him again.

Her laughter grew louder. Every time I came up, she pushed me
under again. First couple of times it was funny. But then I
couldn't catch my breath."

Surfacing again, he gasped, "Baby! Let me get some air!"

And once again, she thrust him underwater. Beneath the surface,
Tim's lungs were beginning to burn. He felt something else
strange, as well. Something was tightening around his upper
arms--and his waist!

Opening his eyes underwater, he saw three large tentacles--and
two more reaching for his lazily-kicking legs. As he came up for
air, he saw the body of a huge black octopus--with the girl's
laughing head on top of it.

"I just freaked out! I pushed with both hands. Her head smacked
the stone wall, and she went kind of glassy-eyed." Instantly the
tentacles relaxed their grip. He broke away and swam for the
steps, "making better time than Mark Spitz (USA Olympic swimming
champion in 1972--J.T.) He scrambled up the steps, grabbed his
clothes and, hopping around barefoot, tried to pull his jeans

Slipping on his huaraches, he saw the girl's head and black
octopus body in the middle of the pool. He yelled, "Wh-What are

"But the chick didn't answer. She gave me this pouty look and
ducked beneath the water. Then this cloud of black ink appeared
in the water. Black tendrils spread all through the pool. In a
couple of minutes, it looked like a pool full of ink. And then
things really got weird. It wasn't even liquid anymore. It was
like air. I was standing there at the edge, looking down, and
it was like I was looking out a big window at a dark night full
of stars. I didn't recognize any constellations. It was just a
vast star field with a few spiral galaxies behind the stars."

"And then I felt this wind behind me. Dust and flower petals
flew by me. It was like all the air in the room was going out
through the pool. My lungs started to hurt again, and I yelled,
'I can't breathe!'"

"I didn't even grab my backpack. I ran straight to the tunnel's
mouth. Only there wasn't a tunnel there any more. It was just
solid rock. I was pushing at it, shouting, 'Where's the tunnel,

"Then I felt something ice-cold touch the back of my neck, and
I passed out."

When Tim came to again, he found himself lying in an alleyway,
looking up at the dark Indian sky. His backpack, which he had
left behind, was sitting on his chest. He had his jacket on but
it was unbuttoned. As he sat up, he looked around and saw some
people. But they kept their distance from him.

"I was back in Lonavla, right behind the post office. Don't ask
me how I got there. I tracked down my friends, and they were
really worried about me. Turns out I'd been gone for
two-and-a-half days! The whole experience was just so far
freaking out, can you dig it?" And turning to me, he added, "So
if it's weird you're looking for, Joe, don't fool around with
Cuzco. You gotta go to India, man."

We listeners were silent for a moment, and then Mary Beth broke
the silence with "What on earth were you smoking, anyway!?"

Admittedly, Tim (not his real name, of course. I don't want the
guy to be embarrassed should his grandchildren read this--J.T.)
wasn't the best eyewitness. He smoked a mind-altering substance
twice before his encounter with the creature, and the whole
thing could have been a dream, induced by the dope and the
strange flowery smells behind the waterfall.

Then again, the caves of Bhaja do have an interesting history.
Before the Buddhists arrived in 200 B.C., the Mora fishermen of
the region worshipped Elkiti, a Hindu goddess of the sea there.

So what did Tim run into down there? Some kind of Rakshasa
(demonic entity--J.T.) The goddess Elkiti herself? Or a
drug-induced nightmare?

Are there really hidden caves and tunnels reaching deep into
that Visapur-Lohagad Hill?

In a land as old as India, who can tell? (For more on the
Bhaja-Karla cave system, see India by J. Thomas Gayn, Lonely
Places Publishing, Hawthorn, Vic., Australia, 1997, pages 840
and 841; and India: The Rough Guide by David Abram, Harriet
Podler, Davdan Sen and John Williams, Penguin Books, London,

Well, that's it for this week. Join us in seven days when we
take another look at UFO and paranormal happenings from around
the world, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO
Roundup." See you then.

UFO ROUNDUP: Copyright 2001 by Masinaigan Productions, all
rights reserved. Readers may post news items from UFO Roundup on
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