July 19, 2002 La Pampa Province, Argentina Argentina's recent federal government assertion that red-nosed mice, Oxymycterus rufus, are the culprits in the country's wave of animal mutilations has not stopped the unusual animal deaths. On July 1, rancher Camilo Lisiardo near Rufino in Cordoba Province west of Buenos Aires, found one of his calves (sex not specified) lying on its left side, dead. The right jaw was stripped of all muscle tissue, so cleanly the bone looked like it had laid in the sun for weeks. Its tongue and right eye had been cut out, a 4 centimeter-diameter circle of hide was excised around the naval, and the rectum was cored out.
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