- Chupacabra is Spanish for “goat sucker”. The creature’s name derives from stories in Latin America of several dead goats with puncture wounds in their necks and all the blood drained from their bodies.
- Most experts believe the Chupacabra to be a coyote with mange, which is a skin disease that can cause their hair to fall out and the skin to shrivel.
- In humans, mange (sometimes called “scabies”) is just mildly annoying. But it can be fatal in canines.
- Chupacabras have been described as resembling a rodent or reptile, with green-gray skin and a disgusting odor.
- Puerto Rican conspiracy theorists have claimed that the government is covering up the truth of the Chupacabra in order to prevent panic.
- Author Benjamin Radford believes there is a direct correlation between the Chupacabra and the creature in the film, “Species.” An article in a Puerto Rican newspaper provided a sketch and a description of an alien-like animal in an eyewitness report from Madelyne Tolentino. Madelyne later admitted to Radford that she had in fact seen the film, “Species” weeks prior to her sighting.
- Experts find it impossible for the Chupacabra to exist because there would need to be at least a few hundred to keep the species alive.
- Author, Benjamin Radford believes the Internet had a lot to do with the myth of the Chupacabra. The Internet spread the Chupacabra myth around the world and it was picked up by UFO enthusiasts who latched onto the story and propelled the it even further.
- Some witnesses claim that the Chupucabra has eyes that can hypnotize and paralyze their prey so that they can suck the animal’s blood at their leisure.
- A town in Western Texas blamed the Chupacabra for the death of thirty chickens that were allegedly found with two puncture wounds and not a single drop of blood left in their bodies. Scientists say that the chickens’ blood probably just coagulated after they died, creating the appearance that no blood had been “spilled.”
- Some believe the Chupacabra could simply be vampire bats, which thrive in the warm climates of South America.
- Since mangy coyotes are most likely to blame for Chupacabra sightings, experts believe that because the mange is quite debilitating the coyotes cannot hunt their normal prey and therefore attack livestock.
- Saracoptes Scabiei, or “Chupacabras syndrome” is an itchy rash that inflicts humans and is commonly referred to as scabies. Humans are largely immune to the mites but can pass it along to their domesticated dogs. Wild animals are far less resilient and suffer with extreme loss of hair and are often mistaken for Chupacabras.
September 24, 2013