Mythical El Chupacabra finally captured?
According to legend, chupacabras suck the blood of cows and goats. Although there's never been real evidence the creature exists, sightings of chupacabras have been reported from Latin America to the southern U.S.
In the back woods of Ratcliffe, a small town in DeWitt County in South Texas, residents are certain they've found the mythical, despicable chupacabra, and this time, it's alive.
Jackie Stock said her husband caught the creature Sunday night.
"He called me to come and look, and I said, 'Bubba, that looks like a baby chupacabra,'" said Stock.
With its hairless back, large claws, countless teeth and ferocious growl, many would say this animal fits the bill.
"I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain't never seen nothing looks like that right there," said Arlen Parma, who captured the critter.
Parma said one of the biggest signs it's not a raccoon is its growl.
"A coon don't make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does, I don't know," said Parma.
Most people in DeWitt County are convinced this is the elusive chupacabra, but what do wildlife experts have to say?
"The animal in the cage as best I can tell from the view was some sort of a small canine," said Brent Ortego, a wildlife diversity biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Ortego said a canine can include a coyote, dog, or even a fox. He said the animal most likely has mange, which has caused it to lose its hair. But as for a chupacabra, he thinks otherwise.
"It's never been proven to be a unique species. It was always something out there that allegedly either caused harm or threatened to cause harm to people or their livestock," said Ortego.
Chupacabra or not, right now this little guy is staying at the Stock household, living off a diet of cat food and corn, at least until someone can find out what it really is.
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El Chupacabra may not be just a legend, if we're to believe a family in Texas that has captured what it claims to be the mythical, bloodsucking, ugly thing. Sunday night, Arlen Parma called his wife Jackie Stock outside to look at what he found in their tree in Ratcliffe, Texas. "He called me to come and look, and I said, 'Bubba, that looks like a...
For decades the chupacabra has been a mythical creatures living in and around the swampy areas of Louisiana, Texas and other Southern states. Like Bigfoot, many do not believe that the creature actually exists. Jackie Stock and Arlen Parma however, not only believe in the chupacabra, they believe that they have captured him.
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Rahkriga wrote April 9, 2014 10:45:18 AM CEST
Does this animal have wings? If no... then ITS NOT CHUPACABRA!!! Can this animal suck all the blood from another animal via one hole in the skull? If no...then once again...ITS NOT CHUPACABRA!!! Im tired of main stream media ignoring the real facts behind chupacabra and forcing it to be some mutt of and animal. I dont even understand why this crap was posted
Tendencies wrote April 8, 2014 9:51:47 PM CEST
The way this animal is sitting and using it's front paws to feed rules out a canine so this biologist isn't much of an expert (unless he didn't see that view). He is right in saying that the animal has mange or some other disease that has caused it's hair to fall out.
I'm pretty sure this is a raccoon that has lost it's hair and there's a very easy way to prove it.......catch and shave a raccoon and if it looks the same then there ya go.
Mutherpluckered wrote April 8, 2014 9:33:02 PM CEST
we do live on earth but how many new species are found and how do you know its not a strange cross.i worked with a lot of animals i would of guessed a large type of vegetarian rat but it looks stranger
Mutherpluckered wrote April 8, 2014 6:26:00 PM CEST
do baby bears have long tails like rats
crouseken2012 wrote April 8, 2014 11:31:47 AM CEST
It's a baby bear with the mange. What freaks me out is that woman's hair!!!