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18th Mar '18 8:00:28 AM thatother1dude
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This is actually a great example of a DeadUnicornTrope. Like AnalProbing, "Cattle Abductions" were never really a trope in the first place; but they've become popular as a sort of satirical combination of AlienAbduction and cattle-mutilation stories. It's also a useful trope for designating aliens that are up to no good, but in a comedic or nonthreatening way (the sight gag of a mooing cow being tractor-beamed up into a flying saucer). Sometimes it's even played as a kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder: they just can't resist beaming the creature up.

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This is actually a great example of a DeadUnicornTrope. Like AnalProbing, "Cattle Abductions" were never really a trope suspected alien encounters in the first place; but they've become popular as a sort of satirical combination of AlienAbduction and cattle-mutilation stories. It's also a useful trope for designating aliens that are up to no good, but in a comedic or nonthreatening way (the sight gag of a mooing cow being tractor-beamed up into a flying saucer). Sometimes it's even played as a kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder: they just can't resist beaming the creature up.
20th Feb '18 4:40:12 AM GroLor
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** If you have seen more then one or two episodes, it becomes clear that aside from Stan, Kyle and maybe Kenny, the cows ARE probably the most intelligent species on the planet. And that includes the Crab People, talking turds, and whatever the hell Towlie is.
*** However, in the original version of that episode, the aliens mutilate the cows because [[spoiler:they like [=BBQs=]]].

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** If you have seen more then one or two episodes, it becomes clear that aside from Stan, Kyle and maybe Kenny, the cows ARE probably the most intelligent species on the planet. And that includes the Crab People, talking turds, and whatever the hell Towlie is.
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However, in the original version of that episode, the aliens mutilate the cows because [[spoiler:they like [=BBQs=]]].
20th Feb '18 4:39:20 AM GroLor
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* Cattle mutilation seems to be the motivation of the aliens in ''Film/TheReturn1980'', but [[spoiler:it's actually a man who (probably) mistakenly believes this is what the aliens want]].

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* Cattle mutilation seems to be the motivation of the aliens in ''Film/TheReturn1980'', ''[[Film/TheReturn1980 The Return]]'', but [[spoiler:it's actually a man who (probably) mistakenly believes this is what the aliens want]].


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* The little green men in ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'' are introduced attacking a cow.
7th Feb '18 11:15:28 PM Chabal2
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** In ''The Andalite Chronicles'' the Skrit-Na, a race of not-so-bright traders and pirates, are responsible for a lot of AlienTropes on Earth. Among other things Elfangor is unsure why they kill cattle on Earth sometimes.

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** In ''The Andalite Chronicles'' the Skrit-Na, a race of not-so-bright traders and pirates, are responsible for a lot of AlienTropes on Earth.Earth (TheGrays are their juvenile forms). Among other things Elfangor is unsure why they kill cattle on Earth sometimes.
19th Dec '17 7:21:09 AM paperjamrachel
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* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' when the the crew picks up Kaltenecker the cow in an alien store selling Earth merchandise
17th Oct '17 9:56:10 PM ElSquibbonator
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* There is an account of a UFO "cattle abduction" in 1897 which may be the TropeMaker. A man named Alexander Hamilton (not [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton that one]]) reported that a "mysterious airship, crewed by six of the strangest beings I ever saw" had appeared over his ranch and carried off a cow on the end of a rope. Today, this story is regarded as a hoax.
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* There is at least one account of a UFO "cattle abduction". . . from 1896. A man named Alexander Hamilton (not [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton that one]]) reported that a "mysterious airship" had appeared over his far and carried off a cow on the end of a rope. Today, it is largely regarded as a hoax.
17th Oct '17 9:49:27 PM ElSquibbonator
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* There is at least one account of a UFO "cattle abduction". . . from 1896. A man named Alexander Hamilton (not [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton that one]]) reported that a "mysterious airship" had appeared over his far and carried off a cow on the end of a rope. Today, it is largely regarded as a hoax.
26th Aug '17 7:52:22 AM Sharlee
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*** Except identical "mutilations" have been found on carcasses of wild animals like elk and coyotes. Really, only the "maggots and other scavengers" explanation holds water once the phenomenon is studied ''without'' being overly-focused on things that moo.
26th Aug '17 7:48:34 AM Sharlee
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*** More like some good Rocky Mountain oysters, as it's more often the genitals of the dead animal that are missing than the high-grade cuts of flesh.

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*** More like some good Rocky Mountain oysters, as it's more often the genitals of the dead animal that are missing than the high-grade cuts of flesh.beef.
26th Aug '17 7:48:12 AM Sharlee
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*** More like some good Rocky Mountain oysters, as it's more often the genitals of the dead animal that are missing than the high-grade cuts of flesh.
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