by Virginia Carraway Stark
Recalling a screen animal is a classic sign of alien abduction that is discussed less than other signs but it is nevertheless extremely common.
Screen animals range in species but have been known to be foxes, wolves, owls (especially owls in flight), elk, deer, moose or coyote. They may be nearly anything that the abductee thinks subconsciously would be likely to be seen given their background and circumstances. The two things that are constant in seeing screen animals is that the animals are always white and always have large, prominent eyes. The eyes sometimes vary in color, but usually they are black.
Screen animals are also often connected to lost time.
A generalized scenario could be: a man is driving down the highway. An owl flies in front of his car. That’s all that happened to his conscious mind, he continues driving only to find when he gets there that he is half an hour late. If he is extremely aware he might realize something is wrong, otherwise he may simply ascribe the lost time to ‘time getting away from him’ or some other justification.
Why would he remember an owl if he was actually abducted by aliens? The theory is that aliens are so traumatizing and upsetting to see that the human mind in its resiliency puts a ‘patch’ on the memory that is more acceptable to the conscious mind. Seeing a white owl isn’t very upsetting at all and it’s something that keeps the mind sane from the trauma it recently suffered from.
Another theory for why screen animals occur is the allegation that some aliens are able to wipe memories. This technology isn’t perfect and remnants of the trauma still exist and can be brought back with hypnosis or through triggering events. The mind’s resiliency for protecting the individual’s sanity is still the main rational behind the recollection of a white animal to replace the intrusion into their reality.
Occasionally screen animals are referred to as ‘eye dreams’. This refers to a person having a dream rather than a ‘conscious’ memory of physically seeing a white animal. In eye dreams the abductee remembers a dream where they saw a white animal, often while walking in the woods. There may also be odd lights that they see where there shouldn’t be lights. They vividly remember seeing, touching or talking to a white animals with big eyes being the overwhelming memory they take away from the dream.
There is little science to back up the existence of screen animals. The mind is a complicated place and anything that is less than crystal clear is difficult to credibly prove.
Psychogenic Amnesia (PA) is the most common explanation for the phenomenon of screen animals followed by the less well defined transient global amnesia or TGA. PA is a sudden retroactive memory loss that makes it impossible for a person to recall personal information about themselves. This can be localized to one event they recently experienced or even their name or who they are married to. PA has no organic or structural cause and it is transitional and usually the person later has complete recollection of the missing data.
Transient global amnesia is the sudden inability to form new memories. It is also temporary and isn’t related to organic brain injury or other defects or strokes or epilepsy. Events disappear from the person’s memory as quickly as they occur. It’s cause is completely unknown but it is usually short lived and the person quickly returns to normal with no ill effects.
Both types of amnesia lack even more evidence in their diagnosis than the screen animals themselves and leave themselves open to being debunked. More documentation and study is required to explain how the mechanisms of the brain would create a screen animal to explain sudden amnesia or alien abduction in order to be scientifically proven.