Texas Goats Will Sleep Better Tonight
Two weeks ago, a Coleman, Texas farmer set up a trap to caputre whatever predator was killing his chickens and turkeys. Has Reggie Lagow found a dead Chupacabra in his trap?
Chupacabra stories go pretty far back, but there have been a rash of incidents beginning in the '90s. The Chupacabra, or "Goat Sucker" has been known to stalk farm animals in South and Central America, Mexico, and parts of the Southern U.S. Apparently, the farm animals have their blood sucked from them...only two puncture wounds are left on the dead sheep, goats, and chickens.
Just last year, there were two similar animals found in Texas - one was shot in Elmendorf and another in Lufkin. Both creatures also were hairless, had scaly skin, elongated hind legs, and a rat like tail. These things look like a mix between a dog and a kangaroo - with massive teeth and diseased skin.
Stacy Womack, a 20 year zoo veteran, investigated and took pictures. She said, "It's not a dog. I'd bet my lottery ticket on that."
Other animal experts are intrigued but are drawing conclusions concerning the most recent find in Texas. Wildlife Division Director Mike Berger believes it's a decomposing coyote. Others have said it's a deer. Some speculate it's some sort of coyote-dog hybrid.
So what really could the REAL Chupacabra be? There are other possibilities:
It's a Jackalope: The legendary horned rabbit has been mistaken for the Chupacabra.
It's a giant Chinchilla: These are not your ordinary fuzzball critters, but a rare giant breed.
It's a mutant Chihuahua: Also found in Mexico, these beasts are ugly AND ferocious.
Actually, here in Missouri, I have witnessed the Chupacabra roaming near a gas station. I was able to snap this picture (below) just before it ran off into the woods . It either left a dead, bloodless bunny on the ground, or a half-eaten beef jerky.
Could this be the mystical Chupacabra?