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- "Comet of the Century" Fades Away -
Portable Cold Fusion Plant Ready for 2014 -
Flying Saucers And Abductions In The Old Testament -
AND: "Devil Cat" Terrorizes Village

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"Comet of the Century" Fades Away

Previous reports of Comet ISON's death may have been somewhat exaggerated, but this time it looks like the real thing.

Remnants of the object once touted as the "comet of the century" passed through the viewing field of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory in the wake of Thursday's close encounter with the sun — and as it passed, the bright spot that survived grew dimmer and dimmer.

"I do think that something emerged from the sun, but probably a very small nucleus or 'rubble pile.' and I fear that may have now dissolved," Karl Battams, an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory who has been studying ISON for months, wrote Saturday in a Twitter update.

ISON's obituary had been written before, on Thanksgiving Day, when a different sun-watching satellite known as the Solar Dynamics Observatory failed to see the comet as it was due to pass within 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of the sun.

At first, ISON was written off as an "ex-comet." But hours later, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory — also known as SOHO — recorded a bright spot with what seemed to be a fan-shaped tail following the comet's expected orbit. The spot also showed up in images from NASA's sun-watching STEREO satellites.

Those images revived hopes that millions of skywatchers might be able to see at least a glimmer of the comet of the century as early as next week. But the fading glow suggests that ISON is now little more than a dissipating cloud of cosmic dust in the solar wind. Late Friday, Battams estimated that the cloud's brightness was magnitude +5 and fading fast. If that trend holds, ISON's remnants won't be visible to the naked eye.

Battams said skilled astrophotographers might be able to capture a picture of the comet's Thanksgiving leftovers within a couple days, when ISON has moved farther away from the sun's glare. The rest of us are almost certainly out of luck, though there's always a chance the comet will pull off yet another death-defying stunt.

ISON may turn out to be a disappointment for casual skywatchers, but the data collected during the comet's journey should represent a bonanza for astronomers. When ISON was discovered in September 2012, scientists knew they had a special opportunity to watch a pristine comet come in from the very edge of the solar system and make its first (and apparently only) swing around the sun.

"Over the past year, we've amassed what we believe to be the largest single cometary dataset in history from one of — if not the most — successful coordinated observing campaigns in history," Battams wrote in Friday's blog posting. "That data is going to tell us a lot, but is going to take a seriously long time to sort through. We've had a crazy year, an even crazier past few months, and a truly insane couple of days. But everything we get out of this will make it more than worth it, and for me it's just a privilege to have played a part in this unprecedented and extraordinary event."

Source: NBC News


Portable Cold Fusion Plant Ready for 2014

Italian company Energy Catalyzer (shortened to ECAT) has announced that it is right now taking preorders for its ECAT 1MW portable cold fusion plant. Founded by Italian scientist Andrea Rossi, the plant has the scientific community shaking its collective head—it's never been peer reviewed and neither Rossi nor anyone else at ECAT has ever published a single paper regarding cold fusion or describing how the plant works.

Cold fusion, is of course, a theoretical means of harnessing enormous amounts of energy by fusing atoms together. Normal fusion is what powers the sun, but it of course, is very hot. Scientists have been working for years to come up with a way to cause fusion to come about in a way that doesn't require a huge amount of heat—thus the name cold fusion. Unfortunately, to date, no one has been able to figure out a way to do it—no one but Rossi, that is, if his claims turn out to be true.

Rumors of how ECAT's plant works suggest it's little more than a simple tube that utilizes an unknown nano-sized nickel type catalyst. When hydrogen is added, heat and perhaps copper, is produced. According to ECAT, the plant does nothing more than produce heated water and/or steam. Those that purchase the plant are free to attach it to a turbine to create electricity. The plant is small—just 20x20x1 centimeters, but each unit can be stacked. The company has put 106 of the units in a shipping container and all together they make up the ECAT 1MW Plant, selling for a cost of $1.5 million to anyone that wants and can afford one.

There have been various sightings of ECAT's technology, in 2011 for example, a select group of scientists was invited to witness a prototype in action. Reports from the demonstration suggest the prototype was able to generate 470 kw before a system fault caused the test to be stopped. That was enough apparently, for DARPA, which has reportedly already preordered one of the plants.

The portable plants are expected to be ready for delivery in approximately four months, which should end the mystery. If Rossi has succeeded where so many others have failed, he and his colleagues will be cheered and likely awarded a Nobel Prize. If the debut is a flop, however, it will be more than just an embarrassment to him and his company, it will be a very sad day for science and perhaps another indication that cold fusion, simply cannot be done.

Source: Phys.org

Flying Saucers And Abductions In The Old Testament

By Sean Casteel

            The notion that flying saucers can be inferred when reading certain passages of the Old Testament is not a new one, but, like the Bible itself, it is an inexhaustible subject, meaning we can never know the complete truth of that correlation in spite of how hard we work to understand it all. But Timothy Green Beckley comes to the aid of the curious reader seeking to learn more about this marvelous relationship between miracles many millennia old and the advanced UFO technology we have seen in our skies at least since the 1947 sighting by Kenneth Arnold.

            Beckley has recently released an updated edition of the classic “Flying Saucers In The Holy Bible,” which consists mostly of an older work by the Reverend Virginia F. Brasington, who offered flying saucer interpretations of stories from both the Old and New Testaments. This article will concern itself primarily with incidents from the Old Testament.

            In his introduction to the new reprint, Beckley discusses the little known Reverend Brasington thusly: “Hers was a relatively obscure manuscript that had been picked up by ‘flying saucer promoter’ Gray Barker and published by his Saucerian Press. Before she became an angel in heaven herself, I met the petite woman while a guest on an all-night talk show hosted by, of all people, the Amazing Randi. The lady minister had set about to promote her work and she so impressed me with what she had uncovered that I later reissued her book in 1982. At the time it was well received, but unfortunately there was only a limited audience for its controversial content. Unlike other more authoritative figures in the same genre, Reverend Brasington touched upon her own fertile ground.”

            If you’re wondering just what kind of reverend Virginia Brasington was, Beckley writes that she was licensed as a minister in the State of North Carolina by the Church of the Nazarene. But it is unlikely that many of her fellow clergy members at the time were seeing the Bible quite like she did.

            For example, Brasington takes up the story of the Pillar of Cloud that guided Moses and the Israelites through the desert.

            “In Exodus 14:19-20,” she writes, “we read how the Pillar of Cloud would change position as the circumstances warranted it. It glowed at night and made a light for the whole camp of Israel, but in the daytime it was a thick grey mass that protected them from the hot burning desert sun. In the 20th verse mentioned above, it tells us how when they were engaged in battle, or when the Egyptians drew too near the Israelites, this huge object moved between the enemy and the Israelites and would glow on the side of the Israelites, thus giving them light to perform their camp duties; while on the side of the Egyptians it was dark. It was just as though God put His great big hand between them.”

            Brasington also provides a comprehensive list of the many references to clouds in the Old Testament, specifically God appearing at various times to be using “clouds” as a form of transportation. Like this incident recorded in the 16th chapter of Exodus:

            “When the Children of Israel had been murmuring and complaining,” Brasington recounts, “and Aaron had called them together to deliver a lecture on ingratitude, we are told in the 10th verse that ‘they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.’ So, evidently, this was some kind of vehicle that hovered over them, stood on end beside them, glowed when necessary, and put out some kind of vapor that condensed and kept a continual cloud over them to protect them from the sun – and maybe to protect the people from radiation burns – and, somehow, God was aboard.”

            Further examples of clouds are listed. The following are both from Exodus 19.

            “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Lo! I come unto thee in a thick cloud, and the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee forever.’”

            “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud came upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that were in the camp trembled.”

            But clouds are not the only symbolic representation of God’s celestial modes of transportation. Also included in the updated “Flying Saucers In The Holy Bible” are some remarks by Biblical scholar and television personality Gary Stearman, who says,   “The Bible speaks of fiery chariots. The chariot in Hebrew is called the ‘merkavah.’ It has been suggested – in fact, several modern Israelis have suggested – that UFOs in the Hebrew be called ‘merkavah mophtim.’ And mophtim means ‘wonder.’ So what you have in the Hebrew would be ‘chariots of wonder’ or ‘vehicles of wonder.’

            “The Bible speaks of the fiery chariots being like heavenly ambassadors, or sometimes they’re called heavenly messengers, or angels. You can call them beings from another dimension. They’re commonly called aliens. But the prophets said that these were the watchmen watching over Israel. And they were acting on the behalf of Israel, according to the will of God.”

            During the interview I conducted with Stearman for the book, he made reference to a story in the Bible from Second Kings 6, beginning with verse 15.

            “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early and gone forth,” Stearman read aloud, “Behold, an host – that’s an army – encompassed the city, both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him – of course, ‘he’ being Elisha – the servant said unto him, ‘Alas, my master, how shall we do?’ In other words, we are in deep trouble. And he answered, ‘Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.’ And Elisha prayed and said, ‘Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, who saw and behold the mount was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”

            Stearman then illuminated the text a bit more.

            “Now what was going on here in Second Kings, Chapter Six,” he explained, “is that there was a great battle being fought in which Israel was threatened, deeply threatened. And the prophet Elisha went out on behalf of Israel. The king of Syria had invaded Israel, and Elisha went down to deliver God’s message to the leaders of Israel. And he had a servant with him. And the servant was deathly afraid that they were going to be killed. Elisha prayed and the servant’s eyes were opened and he was able to see they were surrounded, the Israelites were surrounded, by these chariots of fire, these merkavim. I believe this is an Old Testament reference to what we could call UFOs today, fighting on behalf of Israel.”

            The same chapter in which Stearman is quoted also includes material on Israeli UFO researcher Barry Chamish and the flying saucer phenomenon in the Holy Land in recent times. The same alien presence that drove the stories of the Old Testament is still present today, watching over a Promised Land divided by racial conflict and warfare, and may offer an assurance of a future peace being established in that troubled part of the world.

            In my own years of research into the Old Testament and the alien abduction phenomenon, I discovered what I feel is a connection between the two that I’ve never seen presented elsewhere.

            The genetic experiments that many researchers believe are the most basic purpose of the abduction program may not have been totally ignored by the prophets of the Bible, as most would assert. What is regarded for the most part as a purely 20th-21st century manifestation of the UFO phenomenon can perhaps be said to at least be a subject the prophets warned us about, in both a positive and a negative sense, in Isaiah and Hosea, as well as by Nostradamus many centuries later.

            In attempting to see the positive side of the alien hybrids, one should keep in mind the standard evolutionary view of the phenomenon, which results in the following paradigm, or model for understanding, that goes something like this: Perhaps it is simply the next step in evolution, like when we made the transition from Neanderthal Man to Cro-Magnon Man, a sudden and dramatic change in both form and consciousness.

            I believe I can establish at least some sort of fleeting connection between this issue and some passages in the Bible. For example, Isaiah 45:9-11.

            “Woe to him who strives with his Maker, an earthen vessel with the potter. Does the clay say to him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles.’ Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’ or to a woman, ‘With what are you in travail?’ Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, ‘Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?’”

            Here it seems that the Lord is attempting to answer his critics while at the same time confessing to his own hand in the alien/human hybrid creation process. One can almost see the average abduction researcher leading a witness through the process of hypnotic regression and, when the subject of the hybrid babies comes up, asking questions like “What are you begetting?” or “With what are you in travail?” The word “travail” is often used in the Bible to mean the childbirth labor of a pregnant woman, and “begetting” is of course the parenting of a child. The link to the concept of newborn alien hybrids should be obvious.  

One should also recall that one aspect of alien hybridization often involves a “presentation” of the mutant baby to both human fathers and mothers, who may also be confused as to what they had a hand in parenting. With what were they in travail indeed!

Returning to Isaiah, the prophet has God declaring himself to be strange and “alien” as well. Isaiah 28:21 reads, “For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazin, he will be wroth as in the Valley of Gibeon, to do his deed – strange is his deed! And to work his work – alien is his work!”

Admittedly, “alien” is generally understood to be synonymous with “foreigner” or “stranger,” but is it so difficult to imagine these words were written with a future context in mind? Is it so hard to see that the books the prophets wrote are intended to serve as a time capsule-type message to the future world, our present world, in which the word “alien” read as “extraterrestrial” was a very much intended pun?

Isaiah 42:9 reads, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” It is followed shortly by Isaiah 43: 18-19, which reads, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Both of these passages portray the Lord as doing something new under the sun, showing mankind an aspect of creation not yet seen yet still the bona fide creation of the Lord of Israel. Perhaps, without reading an understanding in where it does not belong (though anyone attempting this kind of argument would fall prey to that), these verses can also be seen as referring to an intended evolutionary change from homo sapiens to whatever the hybrid children are ultimately called. When you connect the preceding verses, the Lord declares himself an alien carrying out an alien act that is something new and not previously seen or understood involving the begetting and birth of children that he is loathe to see suffer criticism. Does that not fit rather neatly the patterns of abduction and the mutant children these experiences many times involve, as well as the aliens’ obvious concern for and pride in these hybrid children?

As alien abduction researcher David Jacobs wrote in “Secret Life” (Simon and Schuster, 1992), the aliens often say to their reluctant human parent subjects, “This is a good baby! What a good baby!” The God of the Bible has very little patience for those slow to see his unfolding plan, even if it involves babies that can factually be called “mutations.”

Let’s break from the Old Testament and also look at Nostradamus in this regard. In “The Untold Story: Nostradamus’ Unpublished Prophecies,” by Arthur Crockett and published by Timothy Green Beckley’s Inner Light Books, Nostradamus is said to have written the following prophecy and then left it out of the published part of his work. The prophecy is understandably without Century or Quatrain number, and it reads, in part: “A new breed descends in gratitude. Conflagration in the heavens.”

While it is probably impossible to entirely authenticate the prophecy as being genuinely written by Nostradamus, the understanding should be obvious to those who know about the genetic experiments of the alien abductors. That the hybrid children are destined to descend to Earth and dwell with mankind and that they do so in an attitude of gratitude sounds an optimistic note often lacking in modern treatments of the subject of hybridization, which usually view the process as a cruel and sinister manipulation of humans, their emotions and their genetic material.

Further support for the idea that the mutant children are intended to take their place on Earth comes from a source who is, by his own admission, hostile to the spiritual interpretation of the abduction experience, the aforementioned David Jacobs. In his book, “Secret Life,” one of his subjects undergoing hypnotic regression describes what Jacobs calls a “media presentation” in which the abductee is shown “moving pictures of beautiful and idyllic landscapes.” Jacobs’ subject then says, “I think the impression we’re meant to have is, ‘This is where we’re taking the babies’ . . . the message is that this is the way, all of these beautiful things that they keep showing us, this is the way the world will be. It’s just like Big Brother. There’s no difference.”

The point here is that Nostradamus’ prediction, which I assume was not known by Jacob’s research subject, matches what an abductee is told directly by the aliens themselves. It fits so neatly that it has an eerie quality of appropriateness. For the sake of non-censorship, I have also quoted what is unquestionably the negative interpretation of what the witness was shown. Whether or not we should fear that such a future world, with hybrids dwelling here with us, would necessarily exist under the thumb of a Big Brother-type totalitarian state is for the reader to ponder according to his own preference.

There is also a pleasing harmony and repetition between Nostradamus’ vision of the new breed descending from the heavens and the oft-quoted passage from Genesis 6:4, “The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children with them. These were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.”

Again, we find the theme of descent from above and of a sexual crossbreeding between two different species. What happened in man’s infancy is repeated 6,000 years later in his history, except to a much greater degree of exactitude and refinement. When one keeps in mind that the most literal translation of “Nephilim,” according to no less a source than Zechariah Sitchin, is “those who come down from above,” the image is conjured up of an ever-evolving, ever-progressing transformation of what humans are and are intended to become.

The verse about the Nephilim is often said to speak plainly of their evil and their subsequent punishment by God, but Sitchin’s less moralistically negative translation may prove more accurate both linguistically and prophetically. But in all fairness to those who prefer to take a dim and negative view, I offer another verse that I found simply by looking up “alien” in my concordance, from the Book of Hosea, an Old Testament minor prophet. Hosea 5:7 reads, “They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord; for they have borne alien children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.”

As so often happens, the Bible is contradictory. What one prophet calls holy, another prophet calls profane. But as they say, context is everything in these matters, and we may yet see the truth of the two opposite views fulfilled in ways we cannot now imagine.

The Old Testament and the UFO phenomenon both contain mysteries we are still a long way from comprehending fully. And it is also true that they may both contain the keys to our collective salvation, whether we ever completely understand them or not.










Are Humans A Hybrid of Chimpanzees and Pigs?

The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested.

The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals.

He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates.

Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history.

What's more, he suggests, there is one animal that has all of the traits which distinguish humans from our primate cousins in the animal kingdom.

'What is this other animal that has all these traits?' he asks rhetorically. 'The answer is Sus scrofa, the ordinary pig.'

Dr McCarthy elaborates his astonishing hypothesis in an article on Macroevolution.net, a website he curates. He is at pains to point out that that it is merely a hypothesis, but he presents compelling evidence to support it.

Scientists currently suppose that chimpanzees are humans' closest living evolutionary relatives, a theory amply backed by genetic evidence.

However, as Dr McCarthy points out, despite this genetic similarity, there are a massive number of divergent anatomical characteristics distinguishing the two species.

These distinguishing characteristics, including hairless skin, a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, light-coloured eyes, protruding noses and heavy eyelashes, to name but a few, are unmistakeably porcine, he suggests.

There are also a number of less obvious but equally inexplicable similarities between humans and pigs in the structure of the skin and organs.

Indeed, pig skin tissues and heart valves can be used in medicine because of their similarity and compatibility with the human body.

Dr McCarthy says that the original pig-chimp hook up was probably followed by several generations of 'backcrossing', where the offspring of that pairing lived among chimps and mated with them - becoming more like chimps and less like pigs with every new generation.

This also helps to explain the problem of relative infertility in hybrids. Dr McCarthy points out that the belief that all hybrids are sterile is in fact false, and in many cases hybrid animals are able to breed with mates of the same species of either parent.

After several generations the hybrid strain would have become fertile enough to breed amongst themselves, Dr McCarthy says.

Unsurprisingly, Dr McCarthy's hypothesis has come in for substantial criticism from orthodox evolutionary biologists and their Creationist opponents alike.

One important criticism, which dubs his theory the 'Monkey-F******-A-Pig hypothesis', is that there is little chance that pigs and chimps could be interfertile. The two orders of creatures, according to evolutionary theory, diverged roughly 80million years ago, a ScienceBlogs post points out.

'[J]ust the gradual accumulation of molecular differences in sperm and egg recognition proteins would mean that pig sperm wouldn’t recognize a chimpanzee egg as a reasonable target for fusion,' PZ Myers writes.

Furthermore, the blogger explains, while chimps have 48 chromosomes, pigs have just 38.

He adds: 'Hybridizing a pig and a chimp is like taking half the dancers from a performance of Swan Lake and the other half from a performance of Giselle and throwing them together on stage to assemble something. It’s going to be a catastrophe.'

Finally, he suggests rather impudently that Dr McCarthy do the experimental work himself and try mating with a pig to see how far he gets.

But Dr McCarthy believes that, in the case of humans and other creatures, his hybrid modification to evolutionary theory can account for a range of phenomena that Darwinian evolution alone has difficulty explaining.

Despite the opinions of some peer reviewers that Dr McCarthy's work presents a potentially paradigm-shifting new take on conventional views of the origins of new life forms, he has had difficulty finding a publisher, so he has chosen to publish a book-length manuscript outlining his ideas on his website.

In its conclusion he writes: 'I must admit that I initially felt a certain amount of repugnance at the idea of being a hybrid. The image of a pig mating with an ape is not a pretty one, nor is that of a horde of monstrous half-humans breeding in a hybrid swarm.

'But the way we came to be is not so important as the fact that we now exist. As every Machiavellian knows, good things can emerge from ugly processes, and I think the human race is a very good thing. Moreover, there is something to be said for the idea of having the pig as a relative.

'My opinion of this animal has much improved during the course of my research. Where once I thought of filth and greed, I now think of intelligence, affection, loyalty, and adaptability, with an added touch of joyous sensuality — qualities without which humans would not be human.'

Source: The Daily Mail


Zoologists Say Tasmanian Tiger Species Still Alive

Team claims that it has 'highly credible' witnesses and has found animal faeces that could belong to the extinct thylacine.

It had been considered extinct for nearly 80 years, but the Tasmanian tiger has been declared alive and kicking by an intrepid group of British naturalists.

A team of investigators from the Centre for Fortean Zoology, which operates from a small farmhouse in north Devon, is currently in Tasmania hunting down clues to prove the thylacine, commonly known as the Tassie tiger, still exists.

The group claims to have gathered compelling evidence of the thylacine’s presence in remote parts of Tasmania’s north-west, despite the last known animal dying in Hobart Zoo on 7 September 1936.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology said it has talked to several “highly credible” witnesses of the thylacine and has found animal faeces that could belong to the beast. The droppings have been preserved in alcohol and are being sent awayfor DNA analysis.

The cryptozoologist team, which has previously attempted to find the yeti and boasts that has evidence of a mysterious Indonesian ape that walks on two legs, is one week into a fortnight-long trip to discover if the thylacine still exists.

Richard Freeman, zoological director of the organisation, told Guardian Australia he has “no doubt” the species still roams isolated areas of Tasmania.

“The area is so damn remote, there are so many prey species and we have so many reliable witnesses who know the bush that I’d say there is a reasonable population of them left,” he said. “I’d say there are more of them around in the world than Javan rhinos.” The World Wildlife Fund estimates that there are just 35 Javan rhinos left.

Freeman said he had spoken to a forestry worker who had seen an animal in daylight in 2011 which was distinctive because of its striped rear end, long stiff tail and “weird rolling motion, almost like a cow” when it walked.

A government wildlife marksman and several local people had spotted the same distinctive type of animal in recent years, Freeman said.

He admitted that no pawprints or dead thylacines have been found, attributing this to the sparse rocky ground of the region and the ferociousness of Tasmanian devils, which swiftly devour animal corpses when they discover them.

However, Freeman said he had heard reports of distinctive thylacine kills, where prey is effectively disembowelled, as well as the discovery of the droppings.

“If we get the DNA from them, that’ll be interesting,” he said. “They are far too big for a Tasmanian devil and it can’t be a dog. Why would a dog be so far out there? It’s a very remote area.

“We’ve been baiting and also setting up camera traps. We’ve seen a lot of devils and a feral cat, but nothing else so far. It’s only been up for a week, though, and it can take months. In the UK, we saw deer, otters and even a woman taking a pee on a bush before we saw anything interesting.”

The thylacine, which looked much like a striped, elongated dog, was zealously hunted by European settlers. They were trapped, snared, shot and poisoned, due to fears the animal would ravage sheep stocks.

Several attempts have been found to prove the animal still exists, although the Tasmanian government states that there is “no conclusive evidence” it lives on.

That won’t deter Freeman, who plans several return trips to prove mainstream science wrong.

“I’ll be coming back again and again,” he said. “The people who say they’ve seen it have nothing to gain and everything to lose. I’d say there is a population of at least 300 of them.”

Source: The Guardian


"Devil Cat" Terrorizes Village

Shiny's owners say the police keep knocking on their door to report the attacks and it's getting "ridiculous."

A pet cat has been accused of launching a series of attacks across a village and putting residents and pets in hospital.

The black tom called Shiny has been nicknamed the ''Devil Cat" after being reported to the police fives times over its violent behaviour.

Locals say Shiny chases children, picks fights with dogs and even bursts into people's homes to claw and scratch them.

Its victims say they are so scared they retreat behind locked doors and arm themselves with hoses and mugs of hot tea whenever they see the black cat prowling the streets.

Despite being reported to the police officers are powerless to act because laws designed to combat dangerous dogs do not apply to cats.

Shiny's owners say they are trying to curb his behaviour and he has been neutered and booked in to see an animal psychologist.

But many residents in the Cornish village of Little Treviscoe want to see Shiny put down.

Victim Paula Burton, 42, was rushed to A&E in July after Shiny clawed her arms and legs. Miss Burton managed to fight him off but suffered bruising and cuts that required antibiotics.

She said: "He was pestering my cat though the glass door and he suddenly jumped up at me and started attacking me.

"He was hanging off my arm by his claws. He eventually let go and ran away but I had to go to hospital as my arm had become quite swollen.

"I love cats and I'd never normally complain - but this animal is out of control."

Neighbour Carol Ballsdon said Shiny clawed her 90-year-old mother.

Carol said: "She had a large skin tear down the arm, which we had to dress every day for about three weeks, and two big puncture wounds on the back of her leg.

"It is just four sets of claws and a set of teeth coming at you."

Residents say the police and RSPCA have been contacted repeatedly but are unable to do anything legally.

They say they previously used water to shoo Shiny away but now resort to force.

Julia Terry, 43, said: "Twice when I've gone out to get my cat and it has attacked me. It launched off the fence and attached itself to my arm.

"I had to throw hot tea over it, it was the only way other than bashing it against the wall to get it off my arm."

As well as attacking humans Shiny has attacked other cats and dogs, leaving residents with costly vets bills.

Helen's Wade elderly cat was attacked a couple of weeks ago by Shiny, leaving the car with "gaping holes" to its side.

Helen, a 34-year-old carer, said: "We're living in misery - he's like a devil cat.

"We've had a fence and a gate put in in our front garden recently to try and stop him coming in, but he persists.

"The laws need to be changed so the same rules apply for cats as they do dogs. If a cat attacks a person, they should immediately be put down."

Helen's mum Shirley Wade, 72, another victim, added: "He was scratching at the door so I opened it slightly to shoo him away and he pounced on me and pinned me to the wall.

"My daughter heard me screaming and we managed to get him away but it was very scary."

Owners Mandie and Adrian Knowles, who live in the village with their three children, Jasmine, seven, Maisy, seven, and Poppy two, have had Shiny since he was a kitten.

Mandie, 32, a learning support student, said: "I know people had problems with Shiny before and he could be aggressive at times but since he's been neutered we've seen no signs of violent behaviour.

"He's an outdoor cat but will come inside and have his food around our two-year-old Poppy - we've never had any issues with our three children.

"These people must have done something for him to act that way. He wouldn't attack them out of the blue.

"We've had the police knocking on our door about five times, and have had the RSPCA here - it's getting ridiculous.

"When the RSPCA got here they came in and met Shiny and found no problem with him."

Mandie and Adrian called their local vets for advice when Paula Burton was attacked and were told to have Shiny neutered.

Adrian, 34, a dispatch supervisor, said: "We've taken the vets advice and had him neutered but we're not going to put him down when he's perfectly healthy.

"We've done everything we can and are even getting an animal psychologist around this weekend.

"But it's getting very unfair on Shiny. If we genuinely thought that this cat was attacking innocent people or children we would have him put down."
Source: The Telegraph

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