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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In the end of February 1968, a newspaper of Madrid told a series of damages that were suspected of being caused by an escaped circus bear or escaped from a bear owner, in the surroundings of Vilovi in Spain.

It is indeed mentioned that an enormous hairy creature was seen, it had long arms and walked heavily, and drank in a pond.

Sensationalist ufologist John Keel, who maintained that UFOs are "ultraterrestrial", republished the story, apparently adding details of his own and linking the case to the UFO issue by a remark that UFOs are often observed in the area.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000189
Date of event: February 26, 1968
Earliest report of event: Not reported.
Delay of report: Days?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology magazine FSR.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology magazine.
This file created on: May 30, 2007
This file last updated on: May 30, 2007
Country of event: Spain
State/Department: Cataluna
Type of location: Not reported.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Not reported.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Animal
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: None.
Entities skin color: Hairy.
Entities body: Big.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Long.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Hairy body.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Was seen in the area, caused damages, drunk in a pond.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, organized search.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Bear, animal.
Explanation category: Case with no real relation with the UFO issue.
Explanation certainty: High.



In his catalogue of alleged footsetps traces of alleged UFO occupants, Jacques Scornaux discusses a case in Vilovi, province of Barcelona, Spain, of February 26, 1968.

He notes that he only has sources in English language on this Spanish case, and wonders on this "eternal paradox of the information flow in ufology."

He notes that the source nearest to the original seems to be an article of the Flying Saucer Review, volume 14, #4, page 34, for July/August 1968, which gives a translation of an article of the Arriba newspaper of Madrid.

The account is given by Jacques Scornaux as indicating that repeatedly, an enormous hairy creature, with long arms and heavy steps, was observed in the surroundings of Vilovi and was accused of causing damages.

On February 26, after having gone to drink in a pond, it left in a clay soil a certain number of 40 centimeters long imprints which resembled those of a plantigrade.

The idea was put forth that it would be a bear escaped bear from a circus or a bear owner, and the newspaper announced that a search party was going to be organized.

Jacques Scornaux indicates that John Kell [sic, Keel], on page 130 [of a reference which I cannot indicate as it is a previous part of the article in a previous issue of the magazine which I do not have]) summarizes the article of Arriba while being obviously inspired by the Flying Saucer Review, but "without quoting it of course" instead of using the Spanish original, which Jacques Scornaux indicates being a bad idea for two independent translations of the same text are never identical, according to his professional opinion.

John Keel adds that the search party yielded no result, but he did not specify how he would know of this information.

The case is also in the Saga magazine, but date of the 27th, which is the date of the article in Arriba. The magazine also adds his own words, by indicating that "the animal is said to have attacked horses" and that there would have been frequent UFO reports in the area.

Scornaux notes that in his opinion, these various additional details come from the United States and must be received with a grain of salt.

Points to consider:

Ufologist and sensationalist journalist John Keel, probable author of the article in the Saga magazine, who professed that UFOs are "ultraterrestrial", and much criticized the other ufologists by insisting that they did not publish serious data, republished the newspaper story, without investigation or checking, without considering possible ordinary explanations, apparently adding details of his own and kinking the story to the UO topic by the remark that UFOs are often observed in the area.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:


Case with no real relation with the UFO issue.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 30, 2007 Creation, [js1].
0.2 Patrick Gross May 30, 2007 First published.

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