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10:54 a.m. - 2006-12-02
Los Chupacabras!
Dear Critterreadership,

So, have any of your livestock recently been killed and drained of blood? Are you finding mutilated carcasses on your farm or ranch every morning?

Well, you might be suffering from an attack of El Chupacabras!

An imagined image from!

How many of you have heard of the legend of the Chupacabras? This mystical beast supposedly first appeared in Puerto Rico in 1947, when farm animals were found dead with two holes in their neck, drained of blood! In fact, Chupacabras literally means, "Goat Sucker"!

Save the goats!

Like the Yeti, Nessie of Loch Ness and other legends, Chupacabras are considered cryptids, or "presumed extinct animals".

Sightings of the Goat Sucker have now spread to Central America, as far south as Chile and all the way up to Maine in the United States.

Eyewitness accounts of Chupacabras usually list it standing about three feet tall, having huge egg shaped and sized red eyes and of course, possessing giant fangs. (For the bloodsucking.) But, it manifests in three different forms:

*Lizard-like, hops around, can leap great distances, with a canine or feline face, forked tongue, and makes a hissing sound.

*A standing dog, gray fur and a fanged dog face.

*A large, strange lizard dog, hairless, with a prominent spine.


R and I encountered this creature this week on the National Geographic Channel. I think I sort of had heard of Chupacabras before then. It was a pretty freaky show; they kept on flashing a scary picture of a red-eyed beast!

Some of the theories of the origin of the Chupacabra include that it is an alien, or the pet of an alien, part of a goverment experiment that escaped from the military base in Puerto Rico, a giant vampire bat, or a hybrid between several animals.

Here is a photo of a deceased supposed Goat Sucker from

Apparently this was identified to be a coyote or other canid suffering from mange. It IS pretty creepy looking!

The myth of the Chupacabras is catching on...several bands are featuring songs with that title and it's been featured in movies, cartoons and comics! I highly recommend you try to catch a rerun of the Discovery Channel program. And also...keep your eyes peeled for...
El Chupacabras!

This entry is dedicated to my kind, handsome and hilarious Puerto Rican papi, D!

Ay ay ay!


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