Six cattle were found dead, with their tongues cut out with great precision, shocking authorities, and locals.
Ranchers in Texas were first informed that a six-year-old longhorn-cross cow was discovered dead on her side and mutilated.
‘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,’ wrote the Madison County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook on Wednesday.
The Mystery Mounts
The cow did not seem to struggle during the incident, as the grass around the animal was undisturbed, officials said.
No footprints or tire tracks were found in the area.
Ranchers also said there were no predators or birds trying to scavenge the remains of the cow, which decayed untouched for several weeks.
While investigating the longhorn-cross’ perplexing death, authorities discovered there had been five other similar occurrences along the same state highway, located in Brazos County and Robertson County.
Four adult cows and one yearling were reported dead by similar occurrences, lying on one side with the exposed side of their face cut along the jaw line.
Cows Found Dead In Different Locations
Though the attacks happened in different locations, the cows were all found ‘lying on one side with the exposed side of their face cut along the jaw line and the tongue, once again, completely removed’, stated the sheriff’s office.
‘On two of the five cows, a circular cut was made removing the anus and the external genitalia,’ the office wrote. ‘This circular cut was made with the same precision as the cuts noted around the jaw lines of each cow.’
In each of the cases, there was no blood spillage, tracks or signs of a struggle in the turf, and no scavengers.
The cause of death in all six cases is still unknown.
‘Multiple similar incidents have been reported across the United States and we are actively coordinating with other agencies to find answers,’ stated the sheriff’s office.
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