Thursday, July 15, 2010



Chupacabras is the subject; the mysterious creatures that might or might not exist, and if they do, might or might not be vampiric.Even before the hottest thing at the movies was the "Twilight" series and Sookie Stackhouse and her famous Vampire Bill steamed up television with "True Blood," people have watched in the night for vampires and vampiric creatures. In Texas and other areas with significant Hispanic cultures, like Puerto Rico or Mexico, the critter most often appearing in folk legend is the chupacabra, literally, goat sucker. (If it were chypacabra, that would be goat eater, and I would have to confess, I have enjoyed cabrito.) The name comes from goat herders finding goats insanguinated with puncture holes in their necks.

People have found carcasses of beasts they think might be chupacabra, unlike the story of many cryptids, such as the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot. So far, ones that have been found in the United States have proven to be genetic mutations of common animals, like a hairless raccoon. In the past week, a rancher and an animal control officer have shot two animals some suspect might be chupacabra."I'm not sure on that part. All I know is, it wasn't normal," said Animal Control Office Frank Hackett. "It was ugly, real ugly. I'm not going to tell no lie on that one."DNA testing is being conducted to see if the dog-like beings, are, best guess, coyotes or dogs with a horrible skin disease.

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