Form: 97 Report
Date:  April 11, 2006
From:  Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Emden MO, July 13, 1973
Category: 4
To: Francis Ridge, NICAP Site Coordinator

Animal Reaction Feature:
A dog that was normally outdoors at night and that normally barked at and chased any animal that came near the house, began barking at 3:30 AM.  This barking was unusual, described as a “scared” bark, causing the witness to get up and see what was happening. 

The dog was barking at a glowing object and would not leave the porch.  Normally in that situation, the dog would take off after whatever had attracted its attention.  The witness stated that this night the dog was clearly afraid and continued barking from the porch and would not leave the porch.

The witness also noted he heard cattle bellowing on a hill, and when the light moved off, he heard neighbor’s dogs start barking.  [No information was given on the location of the cattle or of the neighbor’s house relative to witness and the unknown light.—jw] 

The Sighting:
The object was described as egg shaped or oblong, about the size of an average car.  It had a 3-dimensional appearance, “ you could look through it, or right into it.”  The outside was orange and toward the center it was brighter and a slightly different color.  The colors were described as similar to setting sun but not dark enough to be considered red.  The night was very quiet with no wind.

The witness made an effort to hear any sound from the object but heard nothing.  He noted that even when the object started moving, he still could hear nothing.  

The object, judging by a tree in front of it, was estimated to be 20 feet or less from the ground and was in the area of a clearing.  It remained still and in view for about 10 minutes.  Then  the witness’s wife, watching from indoors while he watched from the porch, turned on house lights.  At that point, the object flickered slightly and started moving away slowly and steadily, maintaining its low altitude.  It speed was estimated as 5 mph and it was moving in a northwest direction..   The object was lost to sight after after 20 seconds as it became obscured by trees.  The witness heard the neighbor’s dogs start barking about 3 minutes later.[The only direction indicated was that the glowing object disappeared moving to the NW.  Using YourSky ( to see if any bright objects were near the horizon at the time of the sighting, I found Mars was roughly 35° in the SE sky, unlikely a factor.  However, the 97% illuminated moon was due to set  4:05 AM (verified with USNO) and would have been very near the horizon SW horizon. I cannot say the setting moon was or was not involved in this sighting without directions and knowledge of the topography.  The witness reports the dog was reacting in the direction of the glowing object, suggesting something was happening other than the moon setting.  However, it is always possible that the dog was reacting to something other than what the witness was watching.—jw]


<>SKYLOOK, No. 69, August 1973, page 13
SKYLOOK, No. 70, September 1973, pages 14-15