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El Chupacabra Mystery Definitively Solved – Maybe!?

I thought this had already been explained, but then again — has it really be explained now?

Hairless creature found prowling a front lawn in Kentucky, a critter believed to be the mythical chupacabra.

Hairless creature found prowling a front lawn in Kentucky, a critter believed to be the mythical chupacabra.

Since its 1995 debut, El Chupacabra has made a Justin Bieber-like ascension to No. 3 on the charts. The relative newcomer to the monster world is the go-to culprit for weird livestock deaths and creates a massive media stir whenever it’s “sighted.” It even has a fan club on Facebook.

That could all end, now that Benjamin Radford, author of several books on monsters and paranormal phenomena, managing editor of the journal The Skeptical Inquirer and LiveScience columnist, has released what he says to be definitive proof that El Chupacabra is not real; it’s not even a hoax, he said, but rather a leftover memory of a science-fiction film.

Still image from an NBC Dallas-Fort Worth video shows a creature locals claim is the mythical Chupacabra

Still image from an NBC Dallas-Fort Worth video shows a creature locals claim is the mythical Chupacabra

Stories of El Chupacabra first surfaced in March 1995 in Puerto Rico, Radford said, when dead, blood-drained goats began showing up (El Chupacabra translates to “goat sucker”). That August, a newspaper printed an eyewitness description of a bipedal creature, 4 to 5 feet tall with spikes down its back, long, thin arms and legs, and an alienlike oblong head with red or black eyes. That depiction became associated with El Chupacabra, and it reports of similar creatures began popping up throughout the Caribbean, in Latin America, Mexico and Florida.

The frenzy had died down slightly by 2000, but picked back up in 2004 when something began attacking livestock in Texas. A farmer shot one of the offenders, and later more alleged El Chupacabra carcasses turned up. They looked nothing like the Puerto Rico original, though, and DNA tests later revealed that they were actually coyotes with a severe case of mange.

Hairless creature captured on police dashcam video by an officer on routine patrol

Hairless creature captured on police dashcam video by an officer on routine patrol

Source (click to continue reading): El Chupacabra Mystery Definitively Solved, Expert Claims

 

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