The Chupacabra

In the dark of the night, through the shimmer of the moonlight, the beastly creature took its prey. The goats screamed, some fled but one unlucky critter met its match. In the morning the horrified farmer set his eyes upon the poor goat. This was the common tale running during 1995. This week, we explore the intriguing , relatively new cryptid, known to all of the Americas as, La Chupacabra!

The Early Days Of The Chupacabra

I WAS TODAY YEARS OLD! I had no idea that the Chupacabra was so young in terms of folklore. I honestly thought this beastie was around for ages. However, the first document account of the beast was only reported in 1995.

The first whispers of a vampiric like creature made the rounds in the small Puerto Rican town known as Moca. The death of various animals were attributed to the being known as El Vampiro de Moca. However, Little else was heard about this creature in particular. Until 1995.

The first encounter linked with a Chupacabra in 1995 was when farmers found eight sheep dead, with three circular puncture wounds on their chests. All eight creatures had been completely drained of blood. These killings took place in Puerto Rico, but weren’t initially linked to La Chupacabra. It was only after the first eye witness took place, and stories began to spread, that the eight farm animal deaths would draw a link to the cryptid in question.

This came to us from one Madelyne Tolentino, a resident of Puerto Rico. In March of 1995, Tolentino first laid eyes upon the hideous image of La Chupacabra. The beast was staring at her through her window one evening. Apparently, as many as 150 farm animals had been found dead and completely drained of blood. From there, the myth of the creature began to spread at an alarming rate. It was as though people of the Americas had caught Chupacabra FOMO.

Stories of this blood sucking vampire beast quickly spread through the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Brazil, the southern states of the United States, and Mexico.

And it would seem they didn’t stop in the 90’s. In 2018, a huge amount of Chupacabra incidents came from the state of Manipur in North West India.

La Chupacabra Attacks

The name, Chupacabra, literally means goat sucker in Spanish. This is due to the fat that the Chupacabra favoured hunting goats. However, the Chupacabra was reported to broaden its pallet every once on a while and prey on other livestock such as cows and chickens. The animals were said to be left with two to three hole punctures in their throat, and to be drained of blood completely.

The Various Faces Of La Chupacabra

Speculation of La Chupacabra quickly leaned towards the UFO persuasion, especially when they spread to the United States in the early 90’s. however, when the turn of the millennia came, the Chupacabra began to take on another form completely.

So, there are actually two main description for the Chupacabra which stand. First off, we have the reptilian. This critter is about three feet high, heavy set and covered in a body of scales. The creature also has a row of sharp spines coming down the length of its spine. The creature was also reported to carry a foul odour, one which could not be imagined by those who have not experienced it. Furthermore, this Chupacabra was reported to be bipedal.

Next up, we have the canine description of the Chupacabra. This beastie is reported to look a lot like an emaciated doggo. However, all reports of this dog like monster are said to be hairless and possess – once again – a foul odour.  This Chupacabra is a four-legged fiend.

Both version of the beast share one thing in common, they both have red glaring eyes.

However, the latter version of this cryptid are interesting, as there are actual dead remains of Chupacabra reported to be found quite regularly.

Unlike other cryptids who leave nothing but prints and blurry photographs, the Chupacabra has left remains, police footage and even a live capture.

In 2014, a couple from Texas claimed to have caught a real life baby Chupacabra. Jackie Stock and her husband, Bubba, found a strange, hairless, dog-like creature in their back yard. The couple captured the animal and kept it in a cage for the rest of its life, keeping it fed and hydrated. Neighbour, Arlen Parma, was convinced the animal was a baby Chupacabra as well.

What It Was

So, what is this thing that plagues the Americas so? Is it a dog? Is it an alien? Who can say. But I’ll tell you what I think it is!

Let’s first take a look at the alien version of La Chupacabra!

When the first initial reports came out about the vampiric cryptid, a lot of speculation leaned towards the Chupacabra being the works of a satanic cult. It was speculated that they were doing the rounds, sacrificing livestock to perform rituals. This could be plausible, however I don’t see a bunch of Satanists puncturing the throats of livestock with two hole punches. That to me sounds like a bite mark. But more on that in a bit.

Remember I said there was early speculation about the Chupacabra being an alien? Interestingly enough, during 1995, a relatively spook spook movie was released. The sci-fi horror film, entitled Species, had a character called Sil in it. Now the interesting thing about Sil is that he is almost an exact match for Madelyne Tolentino’s description of the Chupacabra. Furthermore, Tolentino confessed to seeing the movie before making her report about the creature. “It was a creature that looked like the Chupacabra, with spines on its back and all… The resemblance to the Chupacabra was really impressive,” Tolentino reported.

Perhaps the sci-fi horror had scared people into a sense of mass hysteria. It happened with Jaws, could’ve happened again! But where then would the Chupacabra canine version have come from?

Perhaps it is an unknown creature, running around and causing alarm in Texas and south America. The first possible explanation comes from an actual dog. The Xolo, spelt; X O L O is an incredibly rare dog breed. The main reason why this could possibly be the Chupacabra is due to the fact that this dog is also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog. Yes, the Xolo is completely hairless.

Another reason – and this is just completely personal speculation – why the Xolo could be the Chupacabra is, because, well, have you ever seen one? These things look scary as hell. They just have these all penetrating demon dog eyes which seem to stare straight into your very being. I’m sure they’re lovely pups, I love all dogs, but between you me and the wall, if I saw one of these things staring at me through my window in the dead of night, I’d also flip my lid and cry Chupacabra.

But no, I don’t think this little cryptid is the Xolo.

There is a theory I lean towards when it comes to La Chupacabra. In October, 2010, biologist Barry O’Connor from the University of Michigan released an interesting finding that would put a spin on the Chupacabra myth.

He concluded that all of the bodies found in the US were nothing more than coyotes suffering from Sarcoptes scabiei. This is a fancy name for the common parasite, Scabies. This parasite burrows its way beneath a dog’s skin, and causes symptoms which are pretty synonymous with La Chupacabra.

Any dog suffering from Scabies will experience a loss of hair – being left with patches and in most cases, no hair at all. Their skin becomes thickened and the animal affected by the parasite is left completely drained of energy.

This would explain why these animals prey on livestock. Due to them being exhausted, they can’t keep up with their usual prey of rabbits or deer. As a result, the slower moving, domesticated livestock were sitting ducks.

But why then would they leave their prey uneaten? Well it is not unknown for coyotes or dogs to kill and not consume. This can be attributed to a few reasons such as the animal being an inexperienced hunter, the animal being injured – or in this case exhausted – or the animal will find it difficult killing their prey. The attacked prey will then escape and die at a later stage.

Another thing that was left out of the livestock attacks is that they were never actually drained of blood. Furthermore, in more than one accounts, the prey ha their throats ripped out. Perhaps that’s all the starving dog could manage to get.

So, in a nut shell, here are the reasons I believe a Chupacabra is a Coyote with scabies:

  • The emaciated look: the Scabies suffering dog will not be able to hunt for themselves and as a result, become thin and starved
  • The hairless look: animals with scabies lose their hair
  • The scaled look: animals with scabies develop a thickened skin which can flake and look scaly
  • The puncture marks: all dogs or natural predators will always go for the jugular – hence the bite marks
  • The exhaustion: this is why they choose to hunt livestock.

Remember I said we’d get back to the story of the baby Chupacabra found in Texas? Well, after the story surfaced, a lot of uproar was caused in the animal rights community by people stating that it was barbaric to keep the little pup in a cage – which I agree with. They urged the couple to release the Chupacabra before facing animal abuse charges. But they didn’t have to. Upon inspection by a vet, they found that the little doggo was nothing more than a coyote suffering from scabies. The little pup was soon put down, upon guidance by the vet, to put the animal out of its misery. The vet claimed the animal’s condition was too far gone and there was no hope for rehabilitation.

So there we go folks, bish bash bosh I believe the Chupacabra is nothing more than a sickly little coyote, and that breaks my damn heart.

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