The First Reported Alien Cow Abduction Was A Hilarious Hoax

“There are aspects of this which I believe we are justified in taking quite literally. That is, UFOs are in fact observed, filmed on camera at the same time that people are having their abduction experiences.” —John Mack, psychiatrist

In A Nutshell

Stories of cow abductions are a staple of UFO stories. Unfortunately, the first cow abduction story to be taken seriously by the press (and which set a precedent for later tales) was completely and utterly fabricated by a group of professional liars.

The Whole Bushel

In 1897, a Kansas newspaper reported a close encounter of the third kind between a farmer named Alexander Hamilton and, well, aliens. According to Hamilton, his son, and at least one hired worker the story went like this. A large cigar-shaped spaceship with an undercarriage “like a blimp” had appeared, hovering over his farm. The ship unleashed what they described as a lasso, operated by six “beings” in the undercarriage. They’d lassoed one of his sheep and were trying to pull it aboard the ship.

Hamilton and the other witnesses then grabbed hold of the ropes and a tug of war ensued—Kansas farmers versus unknowable creatures from space—until they finally cut the rope with a knife and watched the ship sail away. The next day, the remains of the sheep were found in a neighboring field.

Hamilton’s story was backed up by a signed affidavit by 12 trustworthy citizens swearing to his character. And the tale went down in UFO history. The problem was that the story was completely fabricated. Over 60 years later, UFO investigators would discover that Alexander Hamilton had been part of a “liars’ club.” In essence, they were a group who met regularly to fabricate ridiculous stories for fun. Apparently the liars’ club had disbanded shortly after the airship story, probably because no tale could top the one involving cow rustling aliens with lasso technology.

Show Me The Proof

HowStuffWorks: The 1897 Cow Hoax
Discovery: Paranormal Science

  • Hillyard

    And so it began..

  • WhiteExodus

    All thats missing from this article are 4 meddling kids and a talking dog who go around in a van in order to solve mysteries. I wonder why they hadn’t bothered investigating this hoax….

    • Hillyard

      They did, it tuned out to be the banker trying to buy up the town.

    • saiber21

      It is because it is NOT a COW which the ALIENS try to ABDUCT! It’s a SHEEP!

    • Hadeskabir

      They didn’t even bother investigating it because when you have aliens who came from another planet and lassoed a sheep, obviously there’s nothing to investigate. I wonder how the aliens have the technology for intergalactic travel but they still need to use ropes to catch sheep. And why the hell would they want to steal a sheep only to butcher it? It’s so stupid that Shaggy and Scooby went on to smoke some weed instead of wasting their precious time investigating stupid crap like this.

  • lonstar70

    Wow, it was a hoax. Really? Thanks for clarifying because I really was soooo sure it had happened.

  • Hadeskabir

    Cigar-shaped spaceships are such a thing of the past. All aliens now have circular spaceships.That’s what’s hot right now in intergalactic travel.