02 Sep 2007


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AP is reporting that a Cuero, Texas woman believes she has found a specimen of the legendary chupacabra in the form of roadkill.

It is one ugly creature,” (Phylis) 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.

Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish, and it is said to have originated in Latin America, specifically Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Canion thinks recent heavy rains ran them right out of their dens.

This legendary monster of the Hispanic New World must have arisen in recent stories as the result of vague memories, featuring only the name itself, of medieval legends of the Caprimulgidae, i.e. “goatsuckers”, birds of the category including Whip-Poor-Wills, Nightjars, and Nighthawks, nocturnal insectivores with wide and hairy mouths, supposedly making nightly visits to drink surreptitiously the milk of farmers’ goats. The modern Spanish goatsucker is a more alarming creature, not merely an economic menace stealing milk, but a vampiric drinker of blood.

Follow-up (11/6): DNA Testing Shows That It Was a Coyote.

9 Feedbacks on "Chupacabra"

Steve Bodio

They are coyotes with severe mange– and perfectly normal canine teeth (lots of discussion and photos available). Some (most) people just don’t know anatomy!


It’s a coyote. Ugly as sin, but a coyote.


Jamie murphy

That does look like a coyote with a bad case of mange ,but what baffles me is why its teeth are so big?


Chupacabra video

beware :Chupacabra scary


I think it’s more than just simple mange creating Chupacabras from Dogs and Coyotes. I’ve found reports of similar periodic reports of “vampire dogs” in England going back 200 years. Here’s the link http://www.dappercadaver.com/blog/2008/08/18/monster-mondays-chupacabras-around-the-world/
There are also old reports of people being bitten by Chupacabras and the strange symptoms that causes.

Bob Saget


Kurt Cobain

Im still alive and am one with the chupacabra….BONGGGGG


out of all the mythical, blood sucking creatures out there, the Chupacabra is almost certainly the sneakiest


OK OK heres the deal what is pictured is either a dog or coyote, that died and was out in the sun for a while. it started to decompose. Hence the look of shrunk flesh and skin. And the dry preserved look.


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