El Chupacabra

–In 1995 a creature called “El Chupacabra” (Spanish for The Goatsucker) was reported to have drained the blood of hundreds of farm animals in Puerto Rico.  The animals attack had their blood completely drained, but their flesh was not eaten!  The beast was described as being a gargoyle-like animal who had walked on his hind legs.  More recent sightings of Chupacabra in Texas have reported a vicious canine-like creature that walked on four legs.

An episode of MonsterQuest covered the discrepancies in these reports, plus a variety of possible explanations such as Chupacabra was a wild dog or hybrid with mange!  Experts kinda discounted this lame explanation.  Several corpses have been produced, most of which are canid-like but with teeth and skin unlike your garden-variety fido.  The jury’s still out on this one…Draw blood!

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3 Comments on “El Chupacabra”

  1. Joe Palermo Says:

    I’m the videographer interviewed by MonsterQuest about the 1996 expedition in Puerto Rico where the initial hair samples were found. I was quite shocked when the one scientist came on screen saying the DNA markers from the n1996 hair samples were an exact match with the DNA markers from one of the Texas cases. For the full original story on th 1996 expedition in Puerto Rico, please visit my website at http://www.its-dms.com/elchupacabras.htm

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  2. Carycomic Says:

    Dear Mr. Palermo:

    Until I saw the previous episode of “Monsterquest,” I had no idea there was a different version of Chupacabra being reported from Texas! And, from the cgi reproductions based on eyewitness descriptions (and the exhibited remains), I can easily see why most mainstream zoologists would want to pass them off as literally mangy coyotes.

    As an armchair zoology buff, myself, I can semi-agree that they might be some form of coy-dog, or even coy-wolf, hybrid. But, that still doesn’t explain the almost reptilian hairlessness. Unless–and I hope I’m wrong–mange is as contagious among quadripedal mammals as chickenpox is among humans?

    That being said, let me just conclude how ironic it is that everytime I heard the word “goatsucker,” prior to 1995, I automatically thought of whippoorwills and nightjars.

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