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Chupacabra: Legend of a Blood-Sucking Cryptid in Latin America

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The Chupacabra is a legendary cryptid often associated with Mexico, and well-known across Latin America. One of the locations the Chupacabra has made a significant impact in the past is in Puerto Rico. Reportedly first sighted there during the mid-1990s, the Chupacabra made headlines across the world when livestock started mysteriously dying.

Animals were found completely drained of blood through small incisions which, according to experts at the time, were not compatible with the bite of a dog, monkey, or any other known carnivore from the region. More than 200 Chupacabra sightings were reported on the island in 1995 alone, yet as quickly as the cryptid sightings started, they stopped, leaving behind a trail of questions.

The Origins of the Chupacabra in Puerto Rico

The name "Chupacabra" is of Spanish origin meaning "goat sucker” (from chupar, meaning "to suck", and cabra, meaning “goat”) which is in reference to how the cryptid allegedly attacks its prey.

‘Chupacabra.’ (Eggmungus/ DeviantArt)

The phenomenon of the Chupacabra has been associated with the “Vampiro de Moca" from February 1975, when a Puerto Rican legend tells of fifteen cows, three goats, two geese, and a pig that were found with puncture marks in the Rocha Barrio suburbs of Moca. Later autopsies showed that blood had been drained from their bodies. The incident made headlines and police blamed the animals' deaths on stray dogs. When a cow was found dead with similar marks on its skull, a newspaper called the phenomenon “El Vampiro de Moca.”

The 1995 Chupacabra Attacks Made the Cryptid as Famous as Bigfoot

A series of isolated attacks took place on the island from 1992 to 1995. In March of 1995, there was a supposed Chupacabra incident where eight sheep were found dead. Their bodies were completely intact but their blood had been drained, leaving behind puncture wounds in the chest. Paranormal researcher Mark Davenport and video producer Joe Palermo were in Puerto Rico at the time of the attacks filming a documentary. They described the animal deaths as a continuous daily event:

Day and night over the radio, over television, they were constantly talking about this Chupacabra activity going on - this was very serious to them. They’d wake up one morning and find the carcass of their four favorite rabbits sucked dry of blood and just lying there on the ground.

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Five months later, there was another event, this time with more bloodshed. In August of 1995, as many as 150 farm animals and pets were killed by a predator around the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas. Just like the sheep from the incident in March, the animals were said to have been drained of blood through small puncture wounds.

Interestingly, in each of the cases studied, local veterinarians said the cause of death was due to puncture wounds under the right side of the neck. The wounds were about the diameter of a drinking straw and three to four inches (7.62 to 10.16 cm) in length.

In March 1996, the Spanish talk show Christina aired the story about the Chupacabra, and immediately following the show there was a tremendous amount of alleged sightings across Latin America and the United States. The Chupacabra had become as famous as Bigfoot.

A coyote often attacks by biting the throat of the prey. ( )

What Does a Chupacabra Look Like?

There are no known photographs of the Chupacabra. Many supposed images of the cryptid have turned out to be nothing more than disease-ridden coyotes. Thus, it is unknown what this mythical creature looks like - if it actually exists.

There are however, numerous "eyewitness" accounts which offer varying descriptions of its appearance. The Chupacabra of Puerto Rico was described by many eyewitnesses as standing on two legs. In newspaper articles during the series of incidents, it was said to be “some type of large ape” and “a vicious monkey that can run upright on its legs, slaughter goats and suck the blood from its prey.” A sound bite from an Associated Press video at the time said “There are two big animals, as big as a man. I saw them from afar, they looked like big apes, like a mandril but I couldn't distinguish their features.”

The Chupacabra of Puerto Rico is sometimes described as a type of terrifying large ape. ( GARETH /Adobe Stock)

The “typical” description of a Chupacabra sighting today seems to be more in line with a reptile or even resembling an alien creature. Most of the claimed eyewitnesses have described a beast with a gray oval head, lizard-like skin, and measuring about 3 to 4 feet in height (91 cm to 122 cm). People tend to say that it resembles a kangaroo that is able to hop around on its hind legs. It is said to have large red eyes, fangs, and a forked tongue, as well as sharp quills running down its back.

The Most Important Chupacabra Sighting is Questionable

There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the Chupacabra. Some of the more outlandish claims suggest that the creature is a modified vampire bat or an extraterrestrial pet that was brought to earth by aliens.

A few reports have indicated that there are three puncture wounds left on the animal victims of the Chupacabra - which would be unusual because carnivores generally have two fangs.

Drawing of a Chupacabra preying on animals. (Jeff Carter / CC BY 2.0 )

Another theory purports that the Chupacabra is part of some top secret government experiment in the El Yunque National rainforest in Puerto Rico. The town of Canóvanas is only a few miles away from the border of the El Yunque and is the only tropical rainforest within the United States (28,000 acres, 43.75 square miles in size). The majority of the first Chupacabra sightings and animal attacks are said to have taken place here.

Puerto Rico is also home to a large population of Rhesus monkeys - which are not native to Puerto Rico and often stand up on their hind legs. They were brought to the island for research back in the 1930s and several dozen managed to escape.

Then there are skeptics who contend that these incidents are by nothing more than attacks from ordinary animals such as wild dogs or coyotes. The animals go for their victim's neck, and their teeth leave wounds resembling vampire bite marks. Instead of tearing up the carcass, they simply bite the neck of the prey, leaving it to die.

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One scientist, biologist Barry O’ Connor at the University of Michigan, believes that the Chupacabra is nothing more than coyotes with severe cases of Sarcoptes scabiei or the itch mite. The animal loses its hair when mites burrow into its skin, causing it to become thickened and ugly. Their faces swell and their teeth take on a more fang-like appearance. Weakened by the infection, they may be more prone to attack livestock.

A lengthy investigation into the Chupacabra phenomenon was launched by author and skeptic Benjamin Redford and documented in his book The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in 2011. It showed how eyewitness accounts of the Chupacabra could be traced back to a single individual, a woman by the name of Madelyne Tolentino.

Redford claims her sole sighting of the cryptid became the basis for all other accounts of the creature. She offered a detailed description of the Chupacabra - spikes along its back, bipedal, dark eyes - which did not match any other known animal on the island. However, another sighting at the time came from Michael Negron, a student at a nearby university, who had this to say about the mythical beast :

I was looking off the balcony one night, and I saw it step out of a bright light in the back yard. It was three or four feet tall, with skin like that of a dinosaur, it had bright eyes the size of hens eggs, long fangs and multicolored spikes down its head and back .

Radford concluded that the description given by Tolentino was based on the creature Sil in the science-fiction horror film Species. The alien creature, Sil, is nearly identical to Tolentino’s eyewitness sighting and she had seen the movie before her report: “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.

Radford revealed that Tolentino “believed that the creatures and events she saw in Species were happening in reality in Puerto Rico at the time,” and therefore concludes that “the most important chupacabra description cannot be trusted.”

The Results of the Paranormal or Over-Active Imaginations?

The mystery of the Chupacabra seems to have become somewhat diluted with time, even as supposed sightings continue . Although there have been thousands of articles written on the topic, along with movies and documentaries, television programs, and several books over the years, there is little hard evidence to take this cryptid beyond the realm of legend.

The “original” Chupacabra sightings have manifested into sightings of the mythical creature from across the world in remote places such as the Philippines and Russia. However, what happened in Puerto Rico seems to have been something unto itself - which leaves one wondering how much of it was paranormal and how much was due to the human imagination.


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El Chupacabra has been sighted in numerous parts of the world, but is predominantly found in Latin America and the far south of the United States. Its first sightings were in Puerto Rico in March of 1995. (Given that I was born in March of '95, the Chupacabra holds a special place in my heart.) Reports soon spread across Latin America, from. El Chupacabra je jedním ze závodníků soutěžících v závodě the Wings Around the Globe. Vždy okouzlující El Chupacabra je legendou v Mexiku (jen se ho zeptejte). Poháněn svou vášní pro závodění (nemluvě o nedostupné Rochelle), je tento Casanova jakýmkoli, jen ne nenápadným či zdrženlivým, jeho hluboký hlas a. Chupacabra definition, a blood-sucking, hairless creature of Latin American legend that is said to attack livestock, especially goats:We concluded that the chupacabra sightings in Texas were most likely coyotes with mange. See more El Chupacabra - Means the goat sucker in Spanish. Named because of the way it sucked all the blood from Puerto Rican goats, the Chupacabra has been leaving fear in its tracks for many years now. First spotted in Puerto Rico in 1994, the Chupacabra has since migrated off the island and has recently been spotted in many locations including.


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Chupacabra, in Latin American popular legend, a monstrous creature that attacks animals and consumes their blood. The name is derived from the Spanish words chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”) and can be translated as “goat-sucker.” As a fearsome but probably nonexistent creature, the chupacabra has been characterized as the southern equivalent of the Sasquatch.

The chupacabra only recently joined the vampire in the bestiary of bloodsucking creatures. Chupacabras were first reported in 1995, in Puerto Rico, where they were blamed for attacks on goats, sheep, and other domestic animals, supposedly leaving uneaten carcasses that were drained of blood. Early reports described a creature that stood upright and resembled a large reptilian kangaroo with huge red eyes. No actual specimens were found, and skeptics suggested that “witnesses” may have been influenced by the Hollywood science-fiction horror film Species (1995), which features a monster of similar appearance. But other sightings were reported throughout the Americas and as far north as the United States.

A different type of chupacabra was also reported in many of the same places. These chupacabras were smaller and stood upon four feet. They were generally canine in appearance but hairless. Actual specimens were produced, but they were identified by biologists as coyotes, dogs, or canine hybrids. The animals owed their strange appearance to hair loss resulting from mange, an infestation of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It was suggested that the canines attacked livestock because the debilitating effects of the infestation put wild prey out of their reach.

The chupacabra soon found its way into popular culture. Both types of the creatures served as monsters in low-budget motion pictures.


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Chupacabra
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First reported March 1995
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Country Puerto Rico
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United States
Region Central and North America
Status Unconfirmed
The Chupacabra, also called el Chupacabras (pronunciation: /t?upa'kab?as/, from the Spanish words chupar, meaning "to suck", and cabra, meaning "goat" literally "goat sucker") is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter's Latin American communities.[1] The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the Chupacabra as an urban legend.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Reported sightings
3 Appearance
4 Significant appearances in media
5 References
6 External links

[edit] History
The first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico.[3] In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood.[3] In 1975, similar killings in the small town of Moca, were attributed to El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire of Moca).[4] Initially it was suspected that the killings were committed by a Satanic cult later more killings were reported around the island, and many farms reported loss of animal life. Each of the animals had their bodies bled dry through a series of small circular incisions.

Puerto Rican comedian and entrepreneur Silverio Pérez is credited with coining the term "chupacabras" soon after the first incidents were reported in the press.[5] Shortly after the first reported incidents in Puerto Rico, other animal deaths were reported in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Brazil, the United States, and Mexico.[3]

[edit] Reported sightings
In July 2004, a rancher near San Antonio, Texas, killed a hairless dog-like creature, which was attacking his livestock.[6] This animal, initially given the name the Elmendorf Beast, was later determined by DNA assay conducted at University of California, Davis to be a coyote with demodectic or sarcoptic mange. In October 2004, two more carcasses were found in the same area. Biologists in Texas examined samples from the two carcasses and determined they were also coyotes suffering from very severe cases of mange.[7] In Coleman, Texas, a farmer named Reggie Lagow caught an animal in a trap he set up after the deaths of a number of his chickens and turkeys. The animal was described as resembling a mix of hairless dog, rat, and kangaroo. Lagow provided the animal to Texas Parks and Wildlife officials for identification, but Lagow reported in a September 17, 2006 phone interview with John Adolfi, founder of the Lost World Museum, that the "critter was caught on a Tuesday and thrown out in Thursday's trash."[8]

In April 2006, MosNews reported that the chupacabra was spotted in Russia for the first time. Reports from Central Russia beginning in March 2005 tell of a beast that kills animals and sucks out their blood. Thirty-two turkeys were killed and drained overnight. Reports later came from neighboring villages when 30 sheep were killed and had their blood drained. Finally, eyewitnesses were able to describe the chupacabra. In May 2006, experts were determined to track the animal down.[9]

In mid-August 2006, Michelle O'Donnell of Turner, Maine, described an "evil looking" rodent-like animal with fangs that had been found dead alongside a road. The animal was apparently struck by a car, and was unidentifiable. Photographs were taken and witness reports seem to be in relative agreement that the creature was canine in appearance, but in widely published photos seemed unlike any dog or wolf in the area. Photos from other angles seem to show a chow- or akita-mixed breed dog. It was reported that "the carcass was picked clean by vultures before experts could examine it". For years, residents of Maine have reported a mysterious creature and a string of dog maulings.[10]

In May 2007, a series of reports on national Colombia news reported more than 300 dead sheep in the region of Boyaca, and the capture of a possible specimen to be analyzed by zoologists at Universidad Nacional of Colombia.[11]

In August 2007, Phylis Canion found three animals in Cuero, Texas. She and her neighbors purported to have discovered three strange animal carcasses outside Canion's property. She took photographs of the carcasses and preserved the head of one in her freezer before turning it over for DNA analysis.[12] Canion reported that nearly 30 chickens on her farm had been exsanguinated over a period of years, a factor which led her to connect the carcasses with the chupacabra legend. State Mammologist John Young estimated that the animal in Canion's pictures was a Gray Fox suffering from an extreme case of mange. In November 2007, biology researchers at Texas State University–San Marcos determined from DNA samples that the suspicious animal was merely a coyote.[13]

On January 11, 2008, a sighting was reported at the province of Capiz in the Philippines. Some of the residents from the barangay believed that it was the chupacabra that killed eight chickens. The owner of the chickens saw a dog-like animal attacking his chickens.[14]

Video still of an alleged Chupacabra caught by a DeWitt County, Texas Sheriff's Deputy.On August 8, 2008, a DeWitt County deputy, Brandon Riedel, filmed an unidentifiable animal along back roads near Cuero, Texas on his dashboard camera.[15]The animal was about the size of a coyote but was hairless with a long snout, short front legs and long back legs. However, Reiter's boss, Sherrif Jode Zavesky, believes it may be the same species of coyote identified by Texas State University–San Marcos researchers in November 2007. [16]

[edit] Appearance
The most common description of Chupacabra is a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back.[17] This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo.[18] In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6 m). This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench.[18] When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabra's eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea.

Another description of Chupacabra, although not as common, describes a strange breed of wild dog.[18] This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. It is claimed that this breed might be an example of a dog-like reptile. Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabra is said to drain all of the animal's blood (and sometimes organs) through a single hole or two holes.[19]

[edit] Significant appearances in media
The popularity of the Chupacabra has resulted in it being featured in several types of media. Some mystery novels that use aspects of the myth as the centerpoint of the plot have been published.[20] Other kinds of books include those that provide a scientific explanation for the phenomena.[21][22] The Chupacabra has been featured in films such as Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico and in independent productions including "El Chupacabras" and "Vuelve el Chupacabras".[citation needed]. Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals have a song on the 1997 album "Radiator" called "Chupacabras". [23] An entire episode of The X-Files series, El Mundo Gira, is devoted to the Chupacabra.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has described the Chupacabra as the "Bigfoot of Latino culture" and has stated that "El Chupacabra also symbolizes the fear of something that doesn't exist".[1] Following the incident in Cuero, Texas the popularity of the Chupacabra myth was receiving global attention.[24] Phylis Clayton, who was responsible for capturing the alleged specimen, claimed that t-shirts highlighting the event were shipped to countries such as Italy, Guam, and Iraq. The publicity that Cuero received following this event has led to some suggesting changing the town's mascot.[24] In July 2008, the MonsterQuest series on cable TV's History Channel featured the Texas carcases which turned out to be domestic dogs and coyotes. [25]

[edit] References
^ a b "Illegal Immigrants Frightened by Raid Rumors George Bush: "The Decider" "Happy Slapping"". CNN (2006-05-02). Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ Miried Gonzalez Rodriguez (in Spanish). Dizfrazado el chupacabras. Puerto Rico: Primera Hora.
^ a b c Stephen Wagner. "On the trail of the Chupacabras". Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ Stephen Wagner. "Encounters with Chupacabras". Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ "Chupacabras Bio". Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
^ Walker Robinson (2004-08-03). "Chupacabra? Strange Animal Found in Elmendorf". WOAI. Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ "Texas' Blood-Sucking Monster". Retrieved on 2007-06-12.
^ "Texas Farmer Claims He Caught Legendary 'Chupacabra'", KNBC Los Angeles (2005-08-25).
^ "Chupacabra the Goatsucker Vampire Sightings Reported in Central Russia", MosNews (2006-04-17).
^ "'Hybrid Mutant' Found Dead in Maine", Associated Press (2006-08-16).
^ "Bestia' chupasangre asusta a los campesinos de Chiscas: ha matado 310 animales'", El Tiempo (2007-05-02).
^ "Has a mythical beast turned up in Texas?" (2007-08-31).
^ "'Texas State researchers solve mystery of Cuero chupacabra'", Texas State University News Service (2007-11-01).
^ "'Blood Suckerkilling farm animals in Capiz'", Inquirer (2008-01-11).
^ ""Legend Lives On'", FOXNews (2008-08-12).
^ "'Is this Texas' goat-sucker'", CNN (2008-08-11).
^ "Chupacabras Biography". Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
^ a b c Stephen Wagner. "The Top 10 Most Mysterious Creatures of Modern Times". Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ Tomás De Jesús Mangual (2006-01-09). "Imputan otro ataque al Chupacabras". El Vocero. Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ Wagner, Lloyd. El Chupacabras: Trail of the Goatsucker. ISBN 059533315X
^ Corrales, Scott. Chupacabras: And Other Mysteries. ISBN 1883729068
^ Authors, Mandy, and Clifton C. Phillips. Chupacabra, You Don't Scare Me! ISBN 0805944907
^ Chupacabras(lyrics). Super Furry Animals. Radiator (album). 1997
^ a b "Chupacabra craze goes global". KVUE (2007-08-28). Retrieved on 2007-10-05.
^ "MonsterQuest: Chupacabra" (2008-07-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-24.


El Chupacabra: Legend or Beast

Latin American storytelling of the mythological Chupacabra, whose alleged sightings relate to those of aliens and vampires, regulate children’s behavior by implanting a fear of the unknown. Since 1995, stories about a strange, blood-sucking, goat-eating dog-like monster appear in many scholarly articles, journals, and books causing mass hysteria. With several misconceptions, witnesses believe the Chupacabra preyed on and mutilated goats and other farm animals. Articles, journals, books, and people’s stories have often compared and described the Chupacabra as a vampire from outer space. Without proper research and knowledge, people draw conclusions of such creatures, but in time came to find such misconceptions to be false and integrate the creatures into story telling. Through DNA testing, carcasses of so-called Chupacabras result in identification of the creatures as wolves and coyotes infected with a disease called mange, and they prey on farm animals because of hunger and desperation. Throughout Latin cultures, adults pass on stories about monsters and the unknown, and they use these stories as a way to create discipline and obedience in children by embedding fear in them. The elaborate study of the Chupacabra has given a new view and methods of understanding through studies and research to the areas of history and folklore, particularly in Puerto Rico and Mexico, to present day. Furthermore, in order to make sense of the Chupacabra situation, my paper presents logic and scientific reason to analyze Latin mythological stories. First, I will give a brief description of the history of the Chupacabra. Then, I will evaluate, analyze and describe how misleading reports and news such as given by Lalo Lopez, Marc Davenport and Joyce Murphy, induces misconceptions in the public. Then, I will illustrate the Chupacabra’s true identity according to authors from the National Geographic magazine and The Journal of Law and Religion in opposition to other ideas of what the Chupacabra might be. Lastly, I will present the reason why stories of the Chupacabra have remained in Latin storytelling tradition for so long, even after being debunked by scientific research.

The story of the Chupacabra dates back a few years to the original sighting in Canovanas, Puerto Rico in 1994 (Lopez, 1996). The original victim of the alleged Chupacabra was a goat, which gives the derivation of its name: the Spanish-derived name, “Chupa-cabra”, translates into English as “the goat-sucker”. Supposedly, an unidentified creature heavily mutilated the goat that was first attacked and no blood remained inside of its body. After this first incident, more similar stories arose and the rumors about the attack quickly spread and more details were added as the story grew. Apparently, Chupacabras only struck at night when all the animals were in their pens and cages and the owners asleep. It was inferred that the reason for nocturnal attacks was in order to avoid encounters with those that could fight back, humans. The stories grew away from Puerto Rico and expanded to other countries, with their own twist and interpretation of the story. The Chupacabra stories expanded all over the regions of Latin America from Mexico to Puerto Rico to Argentina, all with similar details and descriptions. According to Robert A. Heinsohn’s (2006) book Chupacabra, the Chupacabra could travel at astonishing speed and could move from place to place at the blink of an eye. Storytellers vividly described the Chupacabra as some kind of part human, part wolf, part vampire hybrid. This was because many of the qualities of the Chupacabra were similar to those of humans, vampires, and canines. In turn, meaning that there action were more despicable than their images. Chupacabras typically had thick, gray skin all over their bodies, and stood on both of its hind legs. Some people said that it had wing-like features, which is what helped them move at great speed and distance. They had big.


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The truth about a strange blood-sucking monster

The problem is, monsters always insist on living in faraway lands, at the bottom of lakes, or in the depths of forests. While this adds to their mystique, it is little wonder that our knowledge of them comes exclusively from grainy photos and unreliable witness reports.

This is what first drew Benjamin Radford to the chupacabra, a supposedly vampire-like creature. Its roots are in Latin America, but stories about it have since spread to the rest of the world, including his native New Mexico.

"This was a much more local mystery to me," says Radford. "I didn't have to go to Inverness or Borneo, it was right here in my backyard." Helpfully, the chupacabra also seemed to be less shy than your average monster. That meant Radford had a good chance of figuring out whether or not it was real.

Tales of the chupacabra first emerged in Puerto Rico in the late 1990s. They described a bipedal creature four or five feet tall with large eyes, spikes down its back and long claws. This beast, people claimed, was responsible for killing and draining the blood of livestock, an act that earned it its name &ndash which is Spanish for "goat-sucker".

What is remarkable is how fast the story travelled

In his extensive investigation, which took a total of five years and saw him travel as far as the jungles of Nicaragua, Radford even located the person who first reported this beast: chupacabra patient zero.

Her name is Madelyne Tolentino and she comes from Canóvanas, a town in the east of Puerto Rico. In 1995, she spotted a scary alien-like creature out of her window.

What is remarkable is how fast the story travelled. After more reported sightings, and links made subsequently in the media with livestock that had been found "drained of blood", the legend of the chupacabra spiralled out of control. First it spread around the island, then the rest of Latin America and into the southern US states. It also flourished online, where it was latched onto by UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists.

Then, in the early 2000s, a different chupacabra arrived on the scene. This one shared some of the traits of earlier sightings but was a little less alien. This time it was described as a hairless, dog-like animal walking on four legs.

And unlike most monsters, this type is not based exclusively on sightings. Chupacabra bodies have reportedly been found.

When you have a body, everything changes

When Radford, a research fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry got wind of this story, he recognised a unique opportunity. Between the dead livestock and the actual specimens, he had the makings of an unprecedented scientific investigation into a creature that had already achieved infamy on a par with Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. This was a story he could really get his teeth into.

"When you have a body, everything changes," he explains. "You have DNA samples, you have bone samples, you have morphology." As with all his missions, Radford approached the chupacabra with an open mind, employing what he calls "investigative scepticism", conducting field work, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.

"I was of course initially sceptical of the creature's existence," he says. "At the same time I was mindful that new animals have yet to be discovered. I didn't want to just debunk or dismiss it. If the chupacabra is real, I wanted to find it."

The obvious place to start was with the chupacabra bodies. These have mostly turned up in Texas and other south-western US states, and Radford has recorded about a dozen in total. They are quite horrific-looking: hairless, with a gaunt appearance and burnt-looking skin.

However, DNA tests revealed a pretty mundane reality. The bodies have invariably turned out to be coyotes, dogs or raccoons &ndash barring one that was actually a fish.

The reason these animals get identified as chupacabras is because they've lost their hair owing to sarcoptic mange

But despite clear DNA evidence, this version of events is a little fishy. The people who found and often shot these creatures were usually ranchers or rural folk who should recognise a coyote when they see one. So where does this confusion come from?

"The reason these animals get identified as chupacabras is because they've lost their hair owing to sarcoptic mange," explains Radford.

Sarcoptic mange is caused by itch-inducing mites called Sarcoptes scabei burrowing into the upper layer of the skin. It is very common. Alison Diesel of Texas A&M University, US, who specialises in inflammatory skin conditions in animals, agrees that this disease can be sufficiently gruesome to produce convincing monsters.

"The 'mangy dog' is typically very sparsely haired to near-bald, with red or hyper-pigmented black, thickened skin," she explains. Add to this the self-inflicted wounds from scratching and a hairless body, and you have yourself a "chupacabra".

Sarcoptes mites are thought to have infested humans for hundreds of thousands of years, but in more recent evolutionary history made the transition to dogs and other similar animals. This could explain why scabies in humans &ndash the minor rash that results from the mites burrowing into our skin &ndash is a relatively trivial affair, whereas in dogs it can cause death. These animals might not have had long enough to evolve an effective immune response to the mites.

Blood feeders are looking for blood that's close to the surface of the skin

But the chupacabras are only half the story. "There are two sets of bodies here," says Radford. There are also the reports of dead livestock. "Something is attacking these things, leaving puncture marks on their neck and supposedly draining their [bodies] of every drop [of blood]. So what's going on there?"

The answer, once again, is surprisingly straightforward. These animals are most likely the victims of ordinary predators, such as dogs or other canids. It is not uncommon for a dog to bite an animal in the neck and then leave it. Quite often the animal will then die from internal haemorrhaging, with no other injuries apart from puncture marks.

And while, thanks to Dracula, puncture marks in the neck tend to be associated with vampires, Bill Schutt of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, US, says unequivocally that this is not how real-world blood-sucking creatures actually behave.

"Blood feeders are looking for blood that's close to the surface of the skin, something not found in a jugular vein for example," he says.

In fact, if we compare the characteristics of real blood-feeding animals such as vampire bats with those of the chupacabra, there are hardly any similarities. Vampires, according to Schutt, are small and stealthy, with specialised teeth and digestive systems that allow them to extract nutrients from blood.

A creature the size of a dog "would starve to death pretty quickly on a blood meal," he says, owing to the lack of essential components such as fat.

When an animal dies, the heart and blood pressure stop

Besides the presence of these "tell-tale" bite marks, Radford thinks he knows why worried ranchers might attribute the death of their animals to a blood feeder. Having found a mysterious corpse, they would examine it and perhaps cut into it, expecting blood to spurt out &ndash but they would be surprised.

"When an animal dies, the heart and blood pressure stop," he explains. "The blood seeps to the lowest part of the body, and it coagulates and thickens. It's called lividity, and it gives the illusion that they've been drained of blood."

So if all the mythology surrounding the chupacabra actually comes down to some fairly commonplace natural phenomena, why do the stories live on with such vehemence today?

Bizarrely, Radford says it might have something to do with an anti-US sentiment found across Latin America. This is particularly true in Puerto Rico, which is in the unusual position of being a non-state territory of the US.

"I spoke to several Puerto Ricans who felt that the US had exploited, short-changed, and ignored the island, in economic and many other ways," he says. Most recently, this resentment has played out in the island's ongoing debt crisis.

The original chupacabra had spikes on its back, big eyes&hellip then over the years the idea of what it was became bigger and bigger

As for chupacabras, there are many Puerto Ricans who believe they are another indication of American exploitation and meddling the result of top secret US scientific experiments taking place in El Yunque rainforest, not far from Tolentino's hometown.

This may be one factor, but the spread of such stories can largely be attributed to the internet.

"I would classify the chupacabra as the first internet monster," says Radford. "If the first sighting had been in 1985, a couple of people would have heard of it, but it wouldn't have gone viral and spread across the world."

Radford points out that the myth has changed rapidly. "The original chupacabra had spikes on its back, big eyes," he says. "Then over the years the idea of what it was became bigger and bigger until you have any mangy dog being called a chupacabra. Now, people go on Google and search 'mysterious animal attacking things'. It's self-perpetuating."

But what about those initial sightings? Having explained away the mysterious specimens and how they might operate, what does Radford think inspired Tolentino to come up with such a story in the first place?

The answer is unexpected. Radford noticed that Tolentino's 1995 description was similar to the alien from the 1995 movie Species, which had recently been released in Puerto Rico and which she had watched. The film was set in the present day, revolves around top-secret US scientific experiments, and was partly filmed in Puerto Rico.

The whole story is a perfect storm of scientific misunderstanding

"It's all there. She sees the movie, then later she sees something she mistakes for a monster," says Radford. While he is careful to clarify that he does not think any witnesses are lying, he does suggest that this sighting could simply be a result of an overactive imagination.

Even today, while it is difficult to assess the extent to which people still believe the chupacabra myth, it remains a widely-discussed monster, not only in Puerto Rico but also the rest of the world. In recent years, chupacabras have been reported as far afield as Russia and the Philippines.

"From my perspective there is absolutely no reason to believe that anything out of the ordinary is involved in the attacks on livestock," says Radford. Instead, the whole story is a perfect storm of scientific misunderstanding, misidentification of animals, media hype, cultural anxiety and mass hysteria, all potentially resulting from one woman's viewing of a film.

It goes to show, you can do all the rigorous analysis you want, all the investigation, all the science. At the end of the day, humans like stories and will continue to tell them, however peculiar or far-fetched.


Search for the truth about the blood sucking monster known as the chupacabra

The stories and sightings of the legendary cryptid known as the chupacabra have been reported from all around the world over the last few years.

The first ever documented reports of the creature came from Puerto Rico in the 1990s where it was described as being a 4-5 foot tall bipedal monster with spikes down its back, long claws, and large eyes. Local reports claimed it was draining the blood from livestock which earned the creature its name chupacabra which is Spanish for goat sucker. The legend of the chupacabra would quickly spread and become the basis of countless theories as to whether or not this was some unknown creature, an alien being, or nothing more than an urban myth. Researcher Benjamin Radford went on a five-year investigation looking for the truth about this blood sucking monster as detailed in a great BBC article.

(Photo Credit: Jamie Chirinos/SPL)

Mr. Radford got wind of the stories and reports of the creature and said he recognized a unique opportunity. He decided there were the makings of an unprecedented scientific investigation into this mysterious creature. Radford said:

“I was of course initially skeptical of the creature’s existence, At the same time, I was mindful that new animals have yet to be discovered. I didn’t want to just debunk or dismiss it. If the chupacabra is real, I wanted to find it.”

So Radford set out in search of the chupacabra and he started by finding the first person to ever report a sighting of the beast. A resident of a small town in east Puerto Rico named Madelyne Tolentino said she spotted the creature out of her window in 1995. After her chupacabra sighting was made public stories and more reported sightings began to pop up first around the island and then the rest of Latin America according to Radford. The creature was linked in the media to reports of livestock found drained of blood everywhere including some southern US states. It quickly went viral and the stories began to flourish online attracting conspiracy theorists, UFO enthusiasts, and the Cryptozoology community.

Unlike many other mysterious creatures like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster the chupacabra isn’t entirely based on random sightings and grainy footage said, Radford. There are both bodies of dead livestock that the creature reportedly attacked and even actual specimens believed to be the creature itself. “When you have a body, everything changes,” he explains. “You have DNA samples, you have bone samples, you have morphology.” So he incorporated what he called “investigative skepticism”, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses approaching this all with an open mind.

In the early 2000s, chupacabra reports especially in the US and some other countries started to change Radford says and a new chupacabra arrived on the scene. It shared some of the traits of the original creature and earlier sightings but became much less alien like often being described as a dog like animal often hairless. This is when bodies believed to the creature started to pop up. So he began to take a look at the alleged chupacabra bodies which turned up mostly in the south-western US states like Texas. But he found that DNA test of many of these bodies turned out to prove that they were nothing more than dogs, raccoons, and coyotes. Radford explained, “The reason these animals get identified as chupacabras is because they’ve lost their hair owing to sarcoptic mange.”

But that didn’t explain the reports of dead livestock that were drained of blood and often said to have had puncture marks on their necks. But these attacks can often be attributed to ordinary predators such as canids Radford claims. These attacks are often misidentified because of a lack of knowledge of how real blood-feeding animals behave. According to Bill Schutt of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, US, a creature the size of a dog would starve to death quickly on a blood meal because it lacks essential components such as fat. He also noted “When an animal dies, the heart and blood pressure stop, The blood seeps to the lowest part of the body, and it coagulates and thickens. It’s called lividity, and it gives the illusion that they’ve been drained of blood.”

But many believers find plenty to be skeptical of in these reports and point to various aspects of the chupacabra which don’t exactly conform to these natural phenomena. Many of the recent chupacabra sightings from places like the US, Russia, and New Mexico among others offer plenty for skeptics to grasp on to and are often explained away as simple misidentifications. The lack of any real concrete chupacabra evidence proving the creatures existence hasn’t and likely won’t stop the legend from growing and believers from searching. Perhaps those like Mr. Radford are right and this creature is nothing more than a legend but the fact is the world can be a very mysterious place with new twist and turns around every corner. The story in its entirety from BBC located here.


John Leguizamo Takes on Chupacabra & Other ‘Inexplicable’ Stories on History Channel Series

John Leguizamo visits "Extra" at The Levi's Store Times Square on November 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images

John Leguizamo (Critical Thinking) knows a thing or two about history. His hit one-man-show Latin History for Morons was nominated for a Tony Award in 2018 and has been used as a learning tool for people who weren’t paying attention in their Latin history courses in college.

Now, Leguizamo is diving into a different kind of history in Latin America–the mysterious kind.

In the original History Channel series Inexplicable Latinoamérica with John Leguizamo, the Colombian American actor, director, writer and producer will team up with scientists, historians, experts and witnesses to analyze some of the most perplexing subjects from that part of the world.

Some of the stories Leguizamo and his team will examine include the creepy legend of El Chupacabra, a creature known for attacking livestock and drinking their blood, the life of famed Brazilian spiritual medium Chico Xavier and the 1978 Tour of South America about an alleged UFO abduction that took place in Argentina.

“I was very proud and excited that they selected me for this opportunity,” Leguizamo said during a press conference. “I am very honored to talk about our issues, our stories [and] our mysteries. We have many inexplicable things that I want to give voice to and bring to the screen.”

Also participating in the press conference was Carlos Páez, one of the Uruguayan survivors of a plane crash that took place in the Andes in 1972. The 16 survivors spent 72 days and resorted to cannibalism to survive. Their story was portrayed in the 1993 film Alive.

“If there is something inexplicable, it is our history,” Páez said. “The important thing about this story is that it was carried out by ordinary people. We were not gifted. We did not know about the cold or the snow. Then it was much more inexplicable still that people who did not know what it was to have a bad time could survive 70 days. It is a time where one sees the human being’s ability to evolve, transform and move forward.”

Inexplicable Latinoamérica with John Leguizamo premieres on the History Channel May 23.


Tracking the Chupacabra

Among the monsters said to roam the world's jungles and desolate deserts, none is more feared than the chupacabra--the blood-sucking beast blamed for the mysterious deaths of thousands of animals since the 1990s. To some it is a joke to many it is a very real threat and even a harbinger of the apocalypse. Originating in Latin America yet known worldwide, the chupacabra is a contradictory and bizarre blend of vampire and shapeshifter, changing its appearance and characteristics depending on when and where it is seen. Rooted in conspiracy theory and anti-American sentiment, the beast is said to be the result of Frankenstein-like secret U.S. government experiments in the Puerto Rican jungles.

Combining five years of careful investigation (including information from eyewitness accounts, field research, and forensic analysis) with a close study of the creature's cultural and folkloric significance, Radford's book is the first to fully explore and try to solve the decades-old mystery of the chupacabra.


The Chupas hit pop culture

Just as the urban legend of the chupacabra was probably influenced by science-fiction and horror films, the cryptozoological creature itself has gone on to inspire its own wave of films, TV appearances, merchandise, coffee mugs, T-shirts, and just about anything else a blood-sucking monster could want, short of more livestock to viciously slaughter. For example, there have been a number of schlocky B-movies featuring the infamous goat sucker, including Chupacabra Terror (2005) and Chupacabra vs. the Alamo (2013), which features a pack of chupacabras swarming some people holed up in the Alamo. The X-Files, of course, tackled the myth in their own way, and both Scooby Doo and South Park spoofed the whole thing. Meanwhile, "Ravenous Chupacabra" is a card in Magic: The Gathering, and if you ever visit Asheville, North Carolina, you can stop in at a Latin café named Chupacabra. No goat blood on the menu, but they do serve goat cheese.

Because of all this media attention, the chupacabra has become almost as recognized by the general public as old standbys like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, which is no easy feat. Good job, chupas!


Watch the video: Real Life Myths - El Chupacabra (July 2022).


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