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It’s An Alien…It’s ET…No, It’s Chupacabra!

July 15, 2010
Head of a chupacabra?

A small North Texas community is getting stirred up about the sightings of some mysterious animals. Two of these unusual creatures have recently been killed within a span of three days near farms that are only a few miles apart. Some of the locals think the animals could be the mythical chupacabras which means “goat suckers” in Spanish. And the news have stirred up so much curiosity that  chupacabra has currently become one of the hottest search items on Google.

David Hewitt, 25, a Hood County man who killed one of the animals, said that he’s never seen anything like it.

“From a distance, he looked like a hairless chihuahua, only much bigger,” Hewitt said. “From all indications, it seemed to be a chupacabra.”

“The claws, toenails, nothing like I’ve seen on a coyote. Skinny, pointed tail; sure looks like a possum to me,” he said. “Never seen any kind of animal that doesn’t have hair on it.”

Since then, people across the southwestern United States have reported sightings of a dog-sized creature that some say sucks the blood of its victims.

Benjamin Radford, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer and author of a forthcoming book on the myth of the chupacabra, said in the past five or so years, there have been about seven alleged sightings in Texas.

According to WFAA, animal control experts haven’t identified the creature, but Radford says he is fairly certain that he knows what DNA tests will reveal.

“What happens is that these things people are finding are mangy canids – dogs, foxes, coyotes,” he said. “They have sarcoptic mange, a contagious skin disease that affects many dogs and it’s caused by mites on the skin and it causes hair to fall out.”

“The reason that everyone is describing these creatures as mysterious and ugly and things they’ve never seen before is people have never seen dogs or coyotes without hair before,” he said. “The word ‘chupacabra’ has become a catch-all term for anything weird that they can’t identify.”

In August 2007, Phylis Canion found a roadkill outside her ranch in Cuero, 80 miles southeast of San Antonio and she had never seen anything like it.  She has been a hunter all her and has the mounted heads of a zebra and other exotic animals in her house to prove it. Canion believed she may have the head of the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra.  Canion said she saved the head of the one she found so she can get to get to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing and then mount it for posterity.

“It is one ugly creature,” Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.

Head of a chupacabra?

She suspects, as have many rural denizens over the years, that a chupacabra may have killed as many as 26 of her chickens in the past couple of years.

“I’ve seen a lot of nasty stuff. I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said.

What tipped Canion to the possibility that this was no ugly coyote, but perhaps the vampire-like beast, is that the chickens weren’t eaten or carried off — all the blood was drained from them, she said.

But what folks are calling a chupacabra is probably just a strange breed of dog, said veterinarian Travis Schaar of the Main Street Animal Hospital in nearby Victoria.

“I’m not going to tell you that’s not a chupacabra. I just think in my opinion a chupacabra is a dog,” said Schaar, who has seen Canion’s find.

As for the bloodsucking, Schaar said that this particular canine may simply have a preference for blood, letting its prey bleed out and licking it up.

Chupacabra or not, the discovery has spawned a local and international craze. Canion has started selling T-shirts that read: “2007, The Summer of the Chupacabra, Cuero, Texas,” accompanied by a caricature of the creature. The $5 shirts have gone all over the world, including Japan, Australia and Brunei. Schaar also said he has one.

Chupacabra T-shirt

So are chupacabra for real? Personally I think they are just a strange species of dog or coyote. But you be the judge….watch the videos below.

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