Field Notes About English Animal Mutilations

August 1, 2003   Calne, Wiltshire, England  –  During my first day in Wiltshire on this trip, I met animal mutilation and crop circle researcher, David Cayton, and his colleague, Robert Hulse, at the Woodborough Hill “bear claw” formation. David is retired, but spent his professional life heading the non-destructive testing laboratory at British Aerospace after ten years in the U. K. Air Force.  David  has taken a serious interest in researching the earth mysteries of crop formations and sheep, cattle and other animal mutilations in England which fall into the category of high strangeness – sometimes associated with mysterious lights or beams in the sky. David and Robert are familiar with my documentaries and books about the worldwide animal mutilation phenomenon and wanted to show me images of a mutilated 3-month-old lamb discovered in May 2001. The lamb had an odd teardrop-shaped cut at the hip area of its left leg, similar to other such cuts on animal deaths I have investigated in North America.

  Three-month-old lamb discovered dead and mutilated in May 2001, Beddgelert, North Wales, England. Photographed by David Schindler.
Three-month-old lamb discovered dead and mutilated in May 2001, Beddgelert, North Wales, England. Photographed by David Schindler.


David Cayton, retired from British Aerospace and now researching crop formations and unusual animal deaths in England, interviewed at his camp site in Calne, Wiltshire:
  “People often ask me, ‘Is there a particular location in the U. K. where the animal mutilations happen? I think there are, a bit like UFO sightings, as though there are  points of exits and entries. They seem to focus on an area in Shropshire, which is about 20 miles south of Shrewsbury southwest of Birmingham, England. There are three or four farms no more than four or five miles apart, some only two miles apart, where they seem to get repeated mutilations. In some cases, animals have gone mysteriously missing in large numbers.

The May 2001 lamb case happened about three miles from the village of Beddgalert, which is in Snowdonia part of Wales. The farmer has holiday accommodations as well as the farm.  A guy from London named David Schindler was there with his family on holiday. They were walking through the field which was only 400 yards from the farm house one evening and his daughter said, ‘Oh, we’ve got a dead lamb here, Daddy.’ Fortunately, David was aware of this problem through UFO Magazine and your work, Linda. He recognized this rather interesting hole in the rear hip area of the left leg of the lamb. So, he got the children home and came back with the camera and took some pictures.

I went back some months later after he gave me negatives to make some prints. I went twice to the farmer to appeal to retrieve the carcass because it was so interesting and he claimed that the predators had taken it away, the foxes or whatever, and I didn’t believe that. I think he buried it because he was bothered by it.

My first thought was that it was a hip bone. The hole is much larger than the normal thing we have seen in the U. K. and the shape is interesting because it is a teardrop, an uneven oval that is wider than high and it has this beautiful smooth edging. There is also a clean area around the edges of the wool and tissue. There is no blood and it’s very smooth and it looks like a smooth crater edge around the hole. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to look in it or bring the carcass back and poke some optical device in the hole to see what was missing. It’s quite big, at least 4 inches wide by 2 inches deep, and you’ve got the clean area around the edges of the hole that may be half an inch.

Close-up teardrop-shape cut on lamb, May 2001, Beddgelert, North Wales, England. Photographed by David Schindler.
Close-up teardrop-shape cut on lamb, May 2001, Beddgelert, North Wales, England. Photographed by David Schindler.


Oh, no, they don’t want to spend the money. The vets charge quite high fees and the animal was already dead, so it’s a loss to him. I suppose they think there is no point in adding more costs to the loss of the animal. He was very polite to me and I explained about Prof. Tony Freemont and we’re doing a serious investigation here and how anxious we were to get that specimen back in the laboratory. The farmer tried to say the fox did it or the otters in the river – he kept harping that it was a fox down there.

But I took this further, thinking this was bone, and contacted a neurologist, Mr. Richardson, who lives in Manchester. Robert mailed him the photographs. We had some discussion and in the end he said I need to see the images. I know they cut circular holes in human skulls for brain surgery and I wanted to know what tooling they use in our medical technology to compare with the tooling that has been used to cut the hole in the lamb. Mr. Richardson  virtually said that the tool used to cut holes in human skulls is only like 15 millimeters and is circular. They would never cut an oval or tear-shaped hole in a human skull or anywhere else. To cut something so large, they would have to use a 5 millimeter burr and do a series of holes and sort of join it up rather crudely. So basically he is saying he couldn’t do it.

Now a professor of veterinarian pathology, Prof. Donald Kelly, retired, but still lectures at Liverpool University, responded to my advertisement in the Farmer’s Guardian that I placed in 2002 and March 2003. He was intrigued from his professional point of view about what was going on with the injuries that I described in the farming press.”

March 14, 2003        Farmers Guardian        Page 45

An Appeal for Assistance to all Farmers, Veterinary Surgeons, Animal Welfare Officers, Gamekeepers & Estate Managers, etc.

Any discovered animal fresh carcasses with specific unusual injuries sought by Manchester-based Professor of Pathology for research purpose.

Injuries to look for: –

  1. Precise local removal of flesh, hide or skin tissue from around neck, leg or head and jaw exposing clean bone.
  2. 1-3 cm. Diameter neat holes in centre of skull, usually above the eyes, and removal of brain material.
  3. Removal of eyes, ears, tongue, larynx, pharynx, oesophagus and trachea.
  4. Coring out of rectal area, removal of reproductive organs (inc. udders).
  5. Skillful decapitation/amputation of limbs.
  6. Occasional removal of internal tissue, organs or muscle via small, neat holes in carcass.N.B. Animals do not always exhibit every injury. Other relevant signs are: Complete blood loss, sometimes lack, of decomposition, or predator damage.

    All types of livestock can be affected, including wild animals; i.e. fox, badger, deer, birds, seals, dolphins, and domestic animals.

    If possible, photograph own carcass where found including close-up pictures. Keep carcass chilled or freeze if delay in my attendance.

Please contact David Cayton ASAP, when a suitable sample is discovered. Autopsy results available to donor if required; all calls in strict confidence.
0161-483-4956 or 07899-941-291

Please cut out this ‘Appeal Notice’ for your notice board for future reference.
Information on past events would also be welcome.

“The result was that he agreed to an interview and Robert Hulse came along and we took a whole load of photographs, including this Beddgalert lamb and some of your images from the United States on your Earthfiles website, as well. And he thought from looking at these photographs that the hole was not in bone. He thought it had missed the femur. That would mean if he is correct that this would be the flesh, just skin. But nevertheless, it would be difficult to produce that shape in skin. Why is it so taught and smooth and not sagged, I don’t know.

But he didn’t have an answer to it and in fact, during the two hours that we were with him, his line was very defensive, looking after his reputation, and he wanted to put on the handle of natural predation.”

Field Notes from England To Be Continued.

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