LAS LECHUZAS ( The Owls )
This legend will make you think twice when you see one:
The Owls at the White Ranch
During the 50's, three miles east of Edinburg Texas
there was a famous ranch known as El Rancho Blanco.
This ranch was inhabitated by two hundred people of
Mexican origin. These people made a living by picking
cotton, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, and other crops.
They lived in small houses that were furnished by the
employer. At the end of the day, all the people would
go home to their little shacks. It was during these
nights that owls, which were believed to be witches
disguised as owls, would come out and frighten the
people. The owls, known as lechuzas, had a very loud
scream that gave the people goose bumps.
Everyone at the ranch was frightened by these animals
because they believed they would come and take their
children. At night when they came, the people started
to pray and they held their children until they left
at dawn. Las lechuzas would come in groups and were
very, scary. In the moonlight, they looked like huge
fire balls. The people of the White Ranch learned to
live with these animals, but they never lost the fear
of them. Sometimes lechuzas are still sighted in this
area even though the little shacks are no longer there.