There were no traces of a struggle—no bloody messes or obvious tracks. After six calves were discovered dead in three different counties in Texas, all of which had tongues missing, investigators have nothing to go on.
On Wednesday, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office published a social media post about the cattle.
According to deputies, the first incident was reported after a rancher discovered a 6-year-old longhorn/cross cow “dead and mutilated” in Madison County. No blood had been spilled when the cow was discovered lying on its side with its tongue and the skin covering its lips entirely removed.
The New york Times confirms the news on their official Twitter account:
In what could be a plot from an episode of “The X-Files,” the authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths in three Texas counties of six cattle that were found with their tongues missing. https://t.co/tuwSwqxETI
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 22, 2023
The grass surrounding the cow remained undisturbed when it was discovered, and neither footprints nor tire tracks were visible. There were also no indications of a battle.
The sheriff’s office claimed in a statement that ranchers “also reported that no predators or birds would scavenge the remains of the cow, leaving it to decay untouched for several weeks.”
Five such incidents were recorded in the counties of Brazos and Robertson at the same time that investigators were looking into the death of this odd cow.
According to the MCSO, five adult cows and one yearling were discovered dead in various pastures, herds, and locations.
According to deputies, all of the cows were discovered lying on their sides with “precise” slashes along their jawlines and tongues gone. Additionally, two of the five cows had their penises severed.
Once more, there were no indications of a battle, no grass was disturbed, and no blood was spilled.
All six of the cows’ causes of death are still a mystery.
The sheriff’s office stated: “Numerous similar incidents have been reported throughout the United States, and we are actively coordinating with other agencies to find answers.”
Call Investigator Foster at 936-348-2755 during office hours if you have any additional details about these instances or if you see something similar.
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