Stories tagged chupacabra

Sep
11
2008

The Cuero Chupacabra: A photograph of the mystery animal itself. Gorgeous.
The Cuero Chupacabra: A photograph of the mystery animal itself. Gorgeous.Courtesy Phylis B. Canion
The Cuero Chupacabra lives!

Well, not “lives” literally. It was, in fact, hit by a car, decapitated, and frozen, which makes living difficult for most things. But the tenacious crypto-beast refuses to be silent, even in death, and so I invite you all to have a seat on the cryptocouch, and kick up your feet on the ottoman of open-mindedness. Do so now.

A quick refresher: Last year a Texas woman found several strange looking animals on a road near her ranch—all had apparently been struck by cars. The creatures were about 40 pounds each, grayish, largely hairless, fanged, and dog-like. It was suggested that these animals might have been responsible for the deaths by exsanguination (removal of blood) of dozens of chickens in the area over the last several years, and so they were associated with the legendary Latin American bloodsucking monster the chupacabra. These kinds of claims are made all the time, but this lady actually had the foresight to keep the bodies—or at least their heads—in her freezer for tests.

Refresher #2: A couple months later, the creature’s DNA results came back, and it was declared that the “chupacabras” were nothing more than coyotes with skin problems. Science Buzz had a post on this story too, and here’s the link for Texas State University’s take on the DNA results they came up with. And that’s about where coverage on the Cuero chupacabra dropped off (except for a sighting this summer).
Are coyotes the culprits?: Or are the Cuero creatures something different entirely?
Are coyotes the culprits?: Or are the Cuero creatures something different entirely?Courtesy matt knoth

But the story’s not quite over! The woman who shot the creatures claims that the results of the DNA tests were not accurately represented by the media, and that the story was dismissed without sufficient investigation. Phylis, the Cuero rancher herself, recently sent Science Buzz a letter regarding some of the problems she has with the sick coyote theory:

You state the Cuero Chupacabra is a sick coyote. Based on what evidence?

I have the beast, I have the DNA, and I have talked to multitudes of scientist and biologist and not ONE person has stated that this animal is a sick coyote.

What we know:

It DID NOT have mange

It is a cross between two animals that do not breed

It has blue eyes
I will continue to research this beast as I stated I would when I first began observing it two years ago!!

I hope this info helps-
Phylis

And so today the cryptocouch is no longer a place of simple relaxation, it is a nexus of discussion! What do you all think? If it’s not a mythological creature, and it’s not exactly a coyote, what is it?

Leave your comments and questions here. Hopefully Phylis will be joining the discussion herself—do you have any questions for her?

**Here's a link to a photo of Phylis with the creature's head. As soon as I find a postable image, I'll put it up with the story.

Just a road in Texas: No chupacabras, or ill coyotes, so just chill out. Watch the video, huh?
Just a road in Texas: No chupacabras, or ill coyotes, so just chill out. Watch the video, huh?Courtesy mtsrs
A county sheriff's deputy-in-training in Texas got some footage of a strange, poochy animal, as she chased the creature down a rural road. Where in Texas? Cuero, naturally, where there was a stir-up last year about the one and only Chupacabra!

Sit down, y'all, and check it out.

Until I have footage of this guy draining the blood from a goat, I'm saying it's part of a population of creepy coyote hybrids (which I also like).

Nov
04
2007

Sure, it's cute now: But wait until all its hair falls out, and it's draining chickens of their blood.  (photo courtesy of Harold Jarche on flickr.com)
Sure, it's cute now: But wait until all its hair falls out, and it's draining chickens of their blood. (photo courtesy of Harold Jarche on flickr.com)
Science! Oh no you didn’t! You had to go and ruin the latest chupacabra.

That’s right, crypto-enthusiasts, you heard it here first (unless you heard it from an actual news source): The Cuero chupacabra is, in fact, a coyote with hair loss problems.

Click on “Cuero chupacabra” above for some background, but the story, in a nutshell, is this: a rash of suspicious chicken murders in Cuero, Texas, were followed up by the discovery several suspicious-looking animal corpses. Some of the locals believed that these animals were examples of the legendary chupacabra, and a rancher saved one of the creatures’ heads in her freezer, and sent tissue in to Texas State University to be DNA tested.

Well, the “chupacabra’s” DNA sequence turned out to be a “virtually identical match to DNA from the coyote.”

I’m curious as to what was meant by “virtually,” but, yeah, the Cuero chupacabra is a hairless, 40-pound coyote. The wonders of science have single handedly destroyed by post-Halloween euphoria.

Learn more about stupid, boring, tricky coyotes here.

Sep
03
2007

Don't worry, little fella: You'll probably be killed by a person, not a chupacabra. But I shouldn't say for sure.  (photo by ImageLink on flickr.com)
Don't worry, little fella: You'll probably be killed by a person, not a chupacabra. But I shouldn't say for sure. (photo by ImageLink on flickr.com)
The chupacabra… the chupacabra… where to begin? The obvious answer is “the beginning,” but that would take so much time, and it’s already 2:00 AM (the chupacabra hour, as some call it).

I would like to assume that most of you are already well versed in the lore of the Chupacabra, although even considering the slim chance that there may be a few of you out there who are as of yet unfamiliar with the American goat-sucker gives me the willies, so I will at least provide a brief summary of the legendary cryptid.

The chupacabrafirst surfaced (anecdotally, at least) in 1987. Ah, 1987… the Twins win the World Series of Baseball, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke is reelected for a third term, and Puerto Rico is plagued by a spate of animal mutilations. Domesticated animals across the island were found drained of blood through a series of small circular incisions on their bodies. The initial suspicion of satanic cults gave way to the theory of the “chupacabra” (or, literally, “goat-sucker”) an unconfirmed animal that would rise in infamy near to the level of some of our favorite cryptids, like Nessie, or Bigfoot.
Bob Hawke, Prime Minister: You seriously don't remember Prime Minster Bob "el Chupacabra" Hawke? (photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

While originally confined to Latin America, sightings of the chupacabra have spread well into North America, and as far as Russia. Descriptions range from a green and scaly kangaroo-like creature to an animal with wings and a forked tongue. However, most reported sightings share the context of animal mutilations of some kind, especially the whole blood drinking thing. Recently, North American sightings (often with photographs) show something like… well, like a really sick and weird looking dog. Several similar looking creatures have been found dead by roads or trapped and killed, but their physical remains have generally been disposed of before they could be studied. Just this summer, though, a Texan woman has claimed to have kept the head of a supposed chupacabra in her freezer, with the hope that DNA testing might reveal the animal’s true identity.

Over the past couple years, Phylis Canion of Cuero, Texas, has found as nearly thirty of her chickens killed in her yard. The birds were not eaten or carried off, however, instead they were drained of their blood and left where they died. The perpetrator of these fowl deeds has remained a mystery, until this July when Ms. Canion and her neighbors found the bodies of three strange 40-pound, nearly hairless creatures outside of her ranch. Phylis has been a life-long hunter, but insists that she has never come across an animal like these. She believes that they may have been the cause behind her exsanguiated chickens, and, what’s more, could be specimens of the famed chupacabra. While the bodies were disposed of, Canion had the unique presence of mind to keep the head of one in her freezer, with the intention of mounting it, and having a DNA test done.

So, is this the infamous chupacabra? Some experts say that it, and other specimens like it, are much more likely to be a new type of mutt, seriously infected with mange, or some mutated species of canid. The condition of the prey, if these creatures are truly responsible for the mutilations, might be explained by a bizarre preference for blood; that the animals lap up drained blood instead of eating their prey outright.

As a devoted worshipper of the great god Science, as well as a secret acolyte of the church of cryptozoology, I must consider the facts at hand:
1. A Texan found a weird animal on her ranch,
2. The animal was dead.
3. The Texan kept the animal’s head in her freezer.
4. The Texan claims to have had a bunch of chickens drained of blood.
5. The animal in question looks super weird, but so does a lot of stuff.
6. A real chupacabra would be cool, as long as it stayed away from me

I’m not sure that this evidence is a lot to go on just yet, but it’s a start. Hopefully some zoologists will ignore how much they like boring stuff for just a little while, and take a look at this weird frozen animal head. Until then, I strongly recommend that each of you spend several hours googling “chupacabra.” Know thy enemy, and everything.