The sheep started disappearing about a month ago from the 10-acre tract of land in Port Lavaca, a small town on the coast near Victoria (which is sort of between Corpus Christi and Houston if you had to find it on a map.) Their owners, Karen and Wayne Daggs, couldn't figure out what was going on, but the flock of sheep dwindled from 21 to just two, according to the Victoria Advocate.
The end of the herd came when the last two barbado sheep, a type commonly used for meat or raised as pets -- the Daggs were attached to some of these sheep, by the sound of things -- were taken from their grazing area. Daggs found the mutilated carcass of one, and there hasn't been a sign of the other. (Hint: This is where the aliens come in.)
On Tuesday, the whole mystery took a turn for the extra-terrestrial when Charles Stansburge, a member of the Mutual UFO Network, came out to investigate the animal deaths.
Stansburge told the Victoria Advocate that he's seen some strange things in his time. Once he went out to investigate the carcass of a horse, its head entirely removed along with its nervous system, he said. There was also a mysterious bag that wouldn't open and an appearance by the all-knowing "men in black" in that case, he said. Fletcher Gray, chief investigator for the Texas branch of MUFON, was out at the scene on day two. A retired Humble lawman, Gray said he stays focused on ruling out every possible explanation before looking to visitors from outer space in this investigation (which Hair Balls is already calling, "The Case of the Mysterious Sheep-napping.")
Like Stransburge, Gray has investigated some things he hasn't been able to explain over the years. About a year ago a Houston Police Officer saw a triangle-shaped craft moving just above the treeline at about 40 mph near Conroe, he said. The officer contacted Gray and neither of them could figure out what the thing was the officer had seen. But that's not how most investigations go down.
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The truth is out there, Gray said, but, in this case, the truth is most likely not little green men flying triangle-shaped spacecraft to satisfy their taste for mutton (sheep meat.) Right now, the investigation is ongoing and Gray said he is working with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office to figure out the most likely explanation.
Before he gets to blaming deranged extraterrestrials for the flock's demise, Gray said there's a slew of earthbound possibilities to wade through. While the set-up is a little weird - a high fence and someone or something killing animals and mutilating them but leaving the carcass behind - Gray said he's more inclined to bet this is the work of some kind of local predator like a coyote or a large hunting cat.
"We're looking at natural causes right now. Once we get to the point where we've ruled out all possible explanations, that's where we go into the unknown," Gray said.
But Hair Balls hasn't lost all hope. It could still totally be aliens (and they didn't kill the sheep, they just made extremely poor replicas of the ones they took.) Or maybe it's the Chubacabra.