The sheep-panic of 1888

On Nov. 3, 1888, about 8 p.m. near Reading, Berkshire, flocks of sheep in a tract of land 25 miles long and 8 miles wide were affected by some simultaneous impulse, according to Symons’ Meteorological Magazine and the London Times, Nov. 20, 1888. Thousands of sheep burst from their pens and were found widely scattered the next morning, “some of them still panting with terror under hedges, and many crowded into corners of fields.”

Another panic occurred the next year in Berkshire, not far from Reading.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p490 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Dogs are not vampires

The London Daily Mail reported on Nov. 1, 1905, that sheep had been killed in the neighborhood of Badminton, on the border between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. That paper dubbed it, “The sheep-slaying mystery of Badminton."┬áSergeant Carter of the Gloucestershire Police was quoted, ”‘I have seen two of the carcasses, myself, and can say definitely that it is impossible for it to be the work of a dog. Dogs are not vampires, and do not suck the blood of a sheep, and leave the flesh almost untouched.’“

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p645 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).