Los Chupacabras

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.

14 responses

  1. Ugh.What an ugly critter!

    Imagine if you can train it to be a guard dog?

    Intruders would take one look at that thing, pee and crap all over themselves and either faint dead, or break major speed records! LOL! :-)

  2. Um… you do realize that mange (caused by a parasitic infection of the skin, and also infects mostly just canines) causes this, right?

    Any qualified veterinarian should be able to identify the type of mange pretty easily from a corpse.

  3. I once dreamed of parachuting into the BC interior and hunting down a sasquatch. It is frustrating to hear about these things all of the time and not ever get to see a body or some other conclusive evidence.

    I think it’s a safe bet that unless the thing makes MAJOR headlines and gets tons of media attention; like most curiosities, it will simply go onto the back burner again, for awhile, and then pop up at a later date to titillate our fancies further.

    I’ve heard about many different types chupacabra, some being the size of Bigfoot with human features. One place they like to speculate on this is on Art Bell’s “Coast To Coast.”

    One was supposedly hanging around a dumpster in L.A.

    Probably at McDonald’s!

  4. It kinda looks like a mummified Doberman!

    I used to hunt mange-ridden coyotes, and they did look similar to the specimen in this picture. Maybe it’s a CIA-funded attempt to genetically modify Barney gone wrong!
    :lol:

  5. Dan: If it had mange, wouldn’t there at least be some hair left on the body? Canion is an experienced hunter and quite aware of what a dog is, wolf or coyote for that matter.

    Why couldn’t it be a mutated canine species of some kind?

    UH: I don’t think I’d fancy meeting Bigfoot on his own turf, thank you very much!

    As for dumpster diving, I’d take that with a grain of salt. (Okay, with Micky D’s, it’d be the whole shaker!)

  6. Mutated mummified Dobbies? Maybe.

    Mutated Barneys? What would be the point? Bu$hco couldn’t tell the difference anyway!

  7. Not necessarily:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Coyote_with_mange.jpg

    Mutated? Maybe, but diseased is much more likely.

  8. More discussion on the MSNBC article can be found here.

  9. Dan: Yup, balder than hell when they get manged out.

    The reason why I questioned it was that I’ve seen foxes with mange and they always have some hair. Usually in patches, but not bald.

    Canion’s find doesn’t look like a coyote though, the ears seem to have that cropped look like UH says.

    If not a chupacabra, a mummified doberman gets my vote.

    Question, why didn’t it chew up the chickens and just lap up the blood? All the chicken eating dogs I’ve seen that didn’t die from choking on the bones usually chewed up the bird pretty good.

  10. No idea why it did that with the chickens, or if it even did that to the chickens at all (how do we know that this isn’t a hoax?).

  11. It looks like a mummified dog, to me.

  12. Hoax, hmmm…could be.

    Everybody is out for a buck and their fifteen minutes.

    But why would she submit a sample for DNA analysis? Plus other people in the area found bodies of these things too.

    A person in that discussion group thought it looked like a peccary, or some other kind of wild pig.

    The trouble with that is the article didn’t state whether the body(s) had hooves or paws.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the DNA test proves anything.

  13. It looks like it’s made out of those blue corn tortilla chips.

  14. Oh good. It’s not the chupacabra, it’s just packs of mutated dogs with a taste for blood…..Sleep tight kids ^^

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