From LiveScience.com :
Phylis Canion lived in Africa for four years. She’s been a hunter all her life and has the mounted heads of a zebra and other exotic animals in her house to prove it. But the roadkill she found last month outside her ranch was a new one even for her, worth putting in a freezer hidden from curious onlookers: Canion believes she may have the head of the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra.
“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.
Canion and some of her neighbors discovered the 40-pound bodies of three of the animals over four days in July outside her ranch in Cuero, 80 miles southeast of San Antonio. 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.
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.
Phylis Canion holds the head of what she is calling a chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens–others think it is an unpleasant-looking dog. Credit: Eric Gay/AP
I haven’t posted anything about cryptozoology before, it just seemed like a different thing to do. Especially when an individual came up with an actual corpus delecti.
It’s just like Bigfoot, nobody in the scientific world is going to believe there’s any of them until somebody drags in a body. The dilema there is what if genetic testing classifies Bigfoot as human? Hunting Bigfoot constitutes murder!
I don’t think anyone has to worry about the chupacabra though. If it tests out to be some kind of mutated dog, people will be hunting the creature for money, trophies and the farmers will be given free rein to kill the things, until PETA gets involved anyway.