The supposed mythical creature known as the chupacabra (“el chupacabra” in Spanish or “goat sucker” ) has now verified the field of cryptozoology. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
The most common description of chupacabras is a hairless canine-like creature, appearing to have leathery or scaly bluish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. Its hind legs are longer than its forelegs and is strangely similar to a small kangaroo. It stands approximately 3 to 4 feet high and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet. This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large, thin fangs and a long, rat-like tail. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench. When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabras’ eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea although this is unconfirmed.
Another description of chupacabras, although not as common, describes a strange breed of wild dog. This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. It is claimed that this breed might be an example of a dog-like reptile. Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabra is said to drain all of the animal’s blood (and sometimes organs) usually through three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle or through one or two holes.
Chupacabra sightings were first known in Puerto Rico in the 1995. Eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood. There have also been sightings recorded in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, & Florida.
In August 2008, two sheriff’s deputies in DeWitt County, Texas, videotaped what they believe to be a Chupacabra running along a dirt road. A Texas taxidermist preserved the carcass of a Chupacabra in 2009 after being poisoned. On September 18, 2009, taxidermist Jerry Ayer sold the Blanco Texas Chupacabra to the Lost World Museum in New York. The museum, as reported in the Syracuse Post Standard on 9/26/09, is placing the creature on display as they work with an unnamed university to have the remains tested. Meanwhile, this is the very Chupacabra that is now on display at the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, Texas.
In July 2010, there were reports of chupacabras being shot dead by animal control officers in Hood County, Texas. A second creature was also reportedly spotted and killed several miles away. However, an officer of Hood County animal control said Texas A&M University scientists conducted tests and identified the corpse as a “coyote-dog hybrid” with signs of mange and internal parasites. The second reported chupacabra, shot July 9 about 8 miles south of Cresson, was eaten by vultures before it could be taken for testing.
On December 18, 2010, in Nelson County, Kentucky, Mark Cothren shot and killed an animal that he could not recognize and feared. Many pictures of the Chupacabra were taken and the story was well documented by various news organizations. Cothren described the creature as having large ears, whiskers, a long tail, and about the size of a house cat. Cothren says he spoke with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and handed over the preserved animal for further analysis.
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