From: Joan Woodward
Subject: Animal Reaction Case: January 29, 1953 ; Conway, South Carolina
To: ANICAT



Animal Behavior Feature:
At 11:15 p.m. Lloyd Booth was inside his house when he heard his ducks, chickens, and his two mules making noise.  He went outside thinking that some animal must be disturbing them.  As he neared the mule’s stalls he saw a flat-bottomed oval object about 80-90 feet in the air, just above the treetops. He heard a humming sound as the object drifted slowly toward him. It is not stated whether or not the animals continued to react throughout the 20-30 minutes of this incident.

It is noted that farm animal deaths had occurred in the area before this event.  Two of the dead cows were diagnosed as having died by arsenic poisoning.   A hog-poisoning episode had occurred 12 miles north of the Booth farm.  There is no evidence of a connection between these animal deaths and the events of January 29 on the Booth farm.

Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
Lloyd Booth owned a general store and lived on a farm.  His background included World War II Army training in an anti-aircraft unit where he was taught to note minute details of aircraft. Mr. Booth arrived home from his store and was in the kitchen when he heard the animals.  Taking a 0.22 revolver because he thought an animal might be disturbing the livestock, he went out and saw an oblong object with a flat bottom.  It had a glass window area in front and another in the rear but the glass in the rear was described as tinted or smoky glass.  He could see lights through the glass in front.  Underneath the object was a crescent projection like part of a large wheel.  There was a humming sound, and the object moved slowly or drifted.

Booth spent 20-30 minutes moving about trying to see any marks or identification. He found none.  Then he shot at the crescent projection under the craft twice and heard a metallic ping after both shots.  At that point, the humming sound increased in volume and the craft tilted upward at a 60 degree angle and sped off, faster than a jet, disappearing from sight in this straight line upward trajectory in about 10-15 seconds.

No EM effects or physiological effects were reported.

Sources:
Keyhoe, Donald E., and Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., 1969, Strange Effects from UFOs, Washington, D.C., NICAP, p. 64-66.

Letter from Dr. James E. McDonald, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Arizona, to Isabel Davis, NICAP, dated October 9, 1967.