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In Search of… The Chupacabra

5 Oct

October 5, 2010

This is the first of an occasional October series of reports focusing on real life monsters and cryptoids. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

In 1995, a series of strange animal deaths caused widespread panic across the farms and rural areas of Puerto Rico. In the initial attacks, eight sheep were found dead, with strange puncture wounds across their bodies. Later, other farm animals and household pets were found dead the same way. In each case, the carcasses were totally drained of blood.

These were the first reports of the Chupacabra, the infamous goat sucking beast.

Why goat sucker? The name was coined by comedian Silverio Pérez, thereby ensuring that no one would take this seriously. Funny guy, that Silverio. In later years he became a motivational speaker. “Hi! I’m Silverio Perez! You may know me as the guy who coined the term goat sucker!” Despite that, he remains a successful entertainer.  (Reports that he named the beast after his mother-in-law are unconfirmed.)

What is a chupacabra? Is it real? How drunk do you have to be to see one?

Chupacabra sightings have been on the upswing across the southwestern United States. Reports vary, but the first descriptions painted the picture of a medium sized, short haired, angry dog.

witness description of chupacabra

witness description of chupacabra

However descriptions vary, from a reptilian type of large fanged dog to a more humanoid form. Often, photos of alleged chupacabras show a hairless dog, possibly suffering from mange.

RECENT REPORTED CHUPACABRA SIGHTINGS

  • In July 2004, a rancher near San Antonio, Texas, killed a hairless dog-like creature, which was attacking his livestock. This animal was later determined to be a coyote.
  • In mid-August 2006, Michelle O’Donnell of Turner, Maine, described an “evil looking” rodent-like animal with fangs that had been found dead alongside a road.
  • On January 11, 2008, a sighting was reported at the province of Capiz in the Philippines. Some of the residents from the barangay believed that it was the chupacabras that killed eight chickens. The owner of the chickens saw a dog-like animal attacking his chickens. It was most likely a dog.

Rare surveillance footage of a chupacabra attack

POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS

  • a genetically mutated coyote
  • NASA experiments
  • vampires
  • “Bigfoot with fangs”
  • those darn teenagers

THE EXPERTS SPEAK

  • Loren Coleman is comfortable with the wild dog explanation. A noted expert in unidentified creatures, or “cryptoids,” Coleman has investigated hundreds of chupacabra cases. He finds no evidence of any strange or supernatural creatures.
  • CNN’s Ed Lavandera has described the chupacabras as the “Bigfoot of Latino culture.” I’m not sure who should be more insulted by that report, Latino culture or CNN.
  • In July 2008, History’s Monster Quest series featured some Texas carcasses, which were determined to be dogs and coyotes

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there still remain believers. In the words of an eyewitness “I’m not messing around with this thing any more!”

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14 Responses to “In Search of… The Chupacabra”

  1. JRD Skinner October 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    I can’t really explain why, as it’s just “one of those things”, but I actually call my eldest son, (Mr. Seven, if you’ve ever heard the audioboos,) Chupacabra as a nickname – he often answers more readily to it than his own, as he knows the next step down is real trouble.

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  2. JRD Skinner October 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Also, I’m pretty excited to see where the next step of this series goes.

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    • bmj2k October 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

      “Better that I devote myself to studying the other great mystery of the universe . . . women.”
      Doc Brown, Back to the Future.

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  3. JRD Skinner October 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Since I’m apparently spamming comments, one more for the pile:

    You can find a lot of the original TV series “In Search Of…” on the youtube.

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    • bmj2k October 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

      I’ve been a little surprised that In Search Of… doesn’t currently air anywhere. I know it was on as late as a few years ago, but it seems a natural for the History Channel, late night Sci Fi, or a dozen others.

      And it also reminds me that I couldn’t come up with a funny name for this series.

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  4. Thomas Stazyk October 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I think you’ve found a new reality show concept–people who have survived encounters with Bigfoot, a chucacabra or the Abominable Snowman meet in a remote cabin and try to convince everyone they had the scariest time of it. Chainsaws and trauma counsellors would also be on hand. It could be hosted by Geraldo, but if he’s not available maybe an alien abduction survivor from the Florida Everglades.

    What do you think?

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    • bmj2k October 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

      I love it, with the addition of another team, whose job it is to scare the first group to death.

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      • Thomas Stazyk October 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

        Oh. I thought the real chucacabra was going to do that! 🙂

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        • bmj2k October 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

          Phone calls to the real chupacabra were not returned.

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  5. Allen Keyes October 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Chupacabra…..isn’t that what you can buy at Taco Bell when you’re too poor to afford White Castle?

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