Officials in Texas are bewildered by several cattle that mysteriously had their tongues and genitalia removed. There was no blood or signs of struggle anywhere near the dead cattle.
This week, six cattle were found dead under mysterious circumstances across Madison County, Texas. Ranchers first found a 6-year-old longhorn-cross cow "lying on her side, deceased, and mutilated on their ranch."
The Madison County Sheriff's Office issued a statement regarding the suspicious cattle deaths.
"A straight, clean cut, with apparent precision, had been made to remove the hide around the cow’s mouth on one side, leaving the meat under the removed hide untouched," the Madison County Sheriff's Office said. "The tongue was also completely removed from the body with no blood spill."
The police noted that there were no signs of struggle, footprints, or tire tracks near the mutilated animal.
"Ranchers also reported that no predators or birds would scavenge the remains of the cow, leaving it to decay untouched for several weeks," the statement continued.
The police revealed that five other cattle deaths were eerily similar.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office stated, "The other cows were found in the same condition, lying on one side with the exposed side of their face cut along the jaw line and the tongue, once again, completely removed."
Again, there were signs of struggle or evidence of blood near these mutilated cattle, and no other animals scavenged the five dead cattle for several weeks.
Two of the five cows had a circular cut that removed "the anus and the external genitalia." Police explained that these cuts were made with the same precision that was made on the jaws of the other mangled cattle.
All of the cattle were found along a highway in three counties — Madison, Brazos, and Robertson. Each animal was reportedly part of a different herd, and in a different pasture.
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of death of all six cattle.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information regarding the suspicious cattle deaths to call 936-348-2755.
In 2019, five bulls were found dead in Oregon with tongues and genitalia removed. There were no tracks or blood found near the dead animals.
In 2021, seven cattle were found mutilated on a ranch in Oregon. The Associated Press reported, "In most cases, the dead animal’s sex organs, tongue or eyes are cut away cleanly and there is no blood."
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