Reggie Lagow, a farmer in Coleman, Texas decided to set a trap last week, hoping to capture what ever it was chasing and killing his turkeys and chickens… What he found was a creature which is described to be a mix between a rat, a hairless dog, and a kangaroo…. Could this be the mythical Chupacabra?
The Chupacabra, Spanish for “goat sucker”, first made the news in 1994, after several attacks were reported in Puerto Rico. The following year, in August of 1995, 150 animals were attacked in Canvanas, Puerto Rico, and according to reports, similar attacks have since been reported from Mexico, Central America, South America, and Chile, to the Southern United States.
Another strange animal thought to be the Chupacabra was the Elmendorf Beast, a canine like creature shot in Elmendorf, Texas, in August 2004. Although an initial DNA test proved inconclusive, a second test was performed and determined that the animal was a coyote with mange. Sightings of several animals matching the Elmendorf Beast have been reported in the area. Many are still skeptical over the test results.
What has people mystified is the manner in which the animals are killed… The victims’ blood is drained from their bodies, and in some cases internal organs have been said to have been removed, although nothing more than two puncture wounds in the neck are found. Animals reported to have been killed by the Chupacabra include chickens, rabbits, goats, and horses.
Eye witnesses have described the Chupacabra as being a bipedal, reptilian type creature, standing 3-4 foot tall, with long, muscular hind legs and small bat like arms. It is said to be greenish or grey in color and hairless, with a row of spikes or ridges running from the top of its head down along its spine. It has also been reported to have extremely large, red eyes and most notably, long fangs.
One of the more notorious eye witness sightings occurred in Varginha, Brazil on January 20, 1996. Following a UFO sighting, a creature was witnessed by three girls, Liliane and Valaquira Fatima, and Andrade Xavier, who claimed to have seen a biped creature standing about 1.6m tall, with a large head and very thin body, brown skin, large red eyes and V-shaped feet. The creature’s similarities to eye witness descriptions of the Chupacabra have led many to believe that Chupacabras are in fact extraterrestrial beings. The Varginha Incident
According to NBC4-News, the animal found in Coleman, Texas has been transported to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department lab for testing to try and determine its origins. A spokesman for the TPWD, Tom Harvey, remains skeptical. “If you want my take on it, I think it’s a hoax… From the photos I’ve seen, this could be a White Tailed Deer fawn.”
Mr.Harvey said he had yet to hear a report on the animal, but hopes to have more information by tomorrow morning. An update will be posted as soon as one is available.
*Update – Mr.Harvey has now spoken to Wildlife Division Director Mike Berger about the animal trapped in Coleman. Berger, who contacted the regional director in West Texas, Ruben Cantu, for more information, reported that they confirmed that “the ‘chupacabra’ is a Mexican folk tale, not a real beast.” From the photos they’ve seen of the Coleman animal, they feel that it may be a coyote.
According to Mr.Harvey, he hasn’t found any evidence that this animal was ever handed over to The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “I don’t think anyone with our agency has it or knows who has it. It’s possible that no one ever had this animal in custody… possibly someone took a photo of a dead coyote or other animal, doctored it a little and started spreading this hoax.”
It seems only Mr.Laglow and his chickens know for sure.Powered by Sidelines