The cattle-eating monster of the Western Hemisphere
Since 1987, first Puerto Rico and then other places around
the Western Hemisphere have been the location for a series of gruesome attacks
on livestock. Farmers have found goats, sheep, and other small livestock bled
dry through a series of small circular incisions. While the killings were first
believed to be the work of a Satanic cult, the deaths were eventually attributed
to a small but ferocious unknown animal that has become known as the Chupacabra,
or goat sucker in Spanish.
The first incidents were recorded in Puerto Rico...
In 1987, local newspapers began to carry stories of a
series of mysterious deaths of chickens, sheep, dogs, and goats at small farms
in the rural countryside. In each case, the animals were apparently sucked dry
of all their blood through small holes cut or bitten into their bodies. Farmers
were devastated and afraid, as there were frequently multiple deaths in a single
incident; some farmers lost almost their entire stock. There was a general public
outcry and demand for action against the chupacabra or goat
sucker (the name was coined by a well-known local comedian, and it stuck).
A Satanic Cult?
Initial investigations focused on the possibility that
a Satanic cult was operating on the island. (Local clergy, who perhaps saw a
chance to scare some of their flock into greater compliance, fueled this suspicion
to some degree.) As the investigation wore on and more instances occurred, little
evidence of this was discovered, and other theories were put forward, including
the possibility that some kind of animal was the culprit.
The early 1990s brought the first eyewitness accounts of
a potential suspect. Reports began to surface of a heavy creature, the size
of a small bear, with red eyes, a scaly surface, spines up the back, and powerful
claws and teeth. In some stories, the creature is described as having small
bat wings, and the ability to leap some twenty feet. It is also said to hiss,
snarl, and emit a powerful and terrible smell.
While few credible photos of this beast exist, the image
of the scaly, vicious, reptilian creature has spread beyond Puerto Rico. In
the mid 1990s, reports of chupacabra attacks came in from many places in Latin
America; attacks have also been reported in Texas and other places in the US,
as far north as South Carolina and even Maine. Incidents and sightings continue
to this day.
Conventional scientists tend to discount reports of cryptids
(legendary animals like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,
the chupacabra, etc.) unless firm and irrefutable evidence
in the form of remains, video, and photographs is provided. For that reason,
accounts of the chupacabra are not considered to be evidence of the creatures
existence. Most mainstream scientists and investigators attribute the deaths
to the attacks of other predators and scavengers.
Remains alleged to be those of chupacabras have been analyzed
on a few occasions, most notably in Nicaragua (where the remains were described
as doglike but of an unknown variety) and in Texas, where two alleged
chupacabras turned out to be coyotes afflicted with a severe variety of mange
that had rendered them hairless and deformed.
Theories as to the origins of the chupacabra center around
an extraterrestrial origin, or on the possibility that the creature is a genetic
engineering experiment that escaped and has since multiplied and spread.
Whatever its origin, as of early 2007 there were still
continuing reports of the creatures destructive appetite coming from various
areas of the Americas. It appears the chupacabra has made itself at home, even
if it is unwelcome.
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