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Monday, 5 December 2011

Mangy Mutt Chupacabras

As far as evidence put forth to support the notion of Chupacabras goes, nearly all of the domesticated animal killings and the second largest category of "Creature" sightings are due to canids, including foxes and coyotes but mostly feral dogs-and nearly all of them suffering from poor treatment, malnutrition and a skin disease (mange). Several of the affected dogs are largely to completely hairless, and the ones that still have any hair left have it mostly on their heads, necks, and spines.

This is not any really new news. There are sites around with such names as "Chupacabras, the Blood-Sucking Dog"

Was it really a chupacabra the blood sucking dog I saw this evening, when driving home from work?

I live in Tuscola Texas, just off highway 83. I work as a state ranger, which I do a 2 day shift, as we rarely get any trouble around there. I was driving home from work this evening, between rows of trees, no more than a mile from my house. My radio was buzzing as it usually does. My marshal calling into me now and then, and the beating of my wind screen wipers, which were wiping the dust which was blasting up onto my wind screen. My gun was holstered, a Glock 21, 9mm. All I could remember was that I was hot, and tired. I turned into a slight bend when I saw this black object cross my path, I stopped the car, turned on the wipers once more to wipe the dust from the wind screen, and I saw a dog. A hairless dog. I don't know whether it was a trick of the mind, but it's eyes were glowing mild red, not a strong red, a mild cinnamon brownish red color. I took out my pistol, as we're all told to shoot wild dogs, as most of the people in this area keep chickens and poultry. I opened the door of my car, and as the top of the door blocked my view, I couldn't see for a split second, when I stand up fully, the dog is no more than a few feet away. It's eyes are not glowing now, but it looks more like a hairless greyhound. It stand on it's rear legs, and hisses. I pull the trigger 8 times into it's chest. All I could remember then was blood which seemed to flow endlessly under my car. The dogs head was facing towards my right, I ducked under the roof of my car to tell my marshal I'd killed some sort of wild dog, when I stood up again, it's head was facing left. I slammed the door so hard, locked them, and sped off down that road, I didn't stop till I got home, my wife is worried about me, as I'm very shaken up recently, I've taken a few sleeping pills to keep me sleeping. I don't want to tell her what I saw, as I do not want to worry her, we all have heard of chupacabras around Texas, they're a famous blood sucking dog to remind you again, please, any answers would be great, just take the stress off my mind.

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I'll probably go back tomorrow, with my buddy Dave Newman.
1 year ago

Stephanie by Stephani... Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
The chupacabra is mainly described, as a hairless dog. it is a mutated animal between a dog and somehow a kangaroo. its hind leg are slightly longer, thats why they stand on their legs wen in defense , so it could run as fast as a fast moving car. it has teeth sharper than dogs. i got all this info on the history channel on YouTube.

One of the more succinct summaries of the matter:

Photos of alleged blood-sucking chupacabra found in Texas
September 1, 2007
update: probably a xolo dog]

Legendary blood-sucking beast found in Texas? Or is it just a dog gone wild?

Phylis Canion, a woman in Texas, believes she may have found the mythical blood-sucking chupacabra as roadkill near her ranch, reports the Associated Press.
The animal, described by Canion as "a cross between two or three different things", was discovered last month. The beast resembles a dog but is mostly hairless with big ears and large fanged teeth.
"It is one ugly creature," Canion told the Associated Press, "I've seen a lot of nasty stuff. I've never seen anything like this."

Frozen head of a so-called Chupacabra in Cuero, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Phylis Canion examines the head (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Canion believes the animal is the chupacabra, a cryptid beast known in rural folklore in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the United States. Its name translates to "goat sucker" from its alleged penchant of drinking the blood of livestock like a vampire. The Chupacabra is sometimes blamed for the disappearance and loss of goats, chickens and other farm animals.
Frozen head of a so-called Chupacabra in Cuero, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Canion says she has lost up to 26 chickens in recent years, possibly as the result of the chupacabra.
After finding the roadkill, she put the beast's head in her freezer for later DNA testing.

At least one local veterinarian is skeptical that the beast in Canion's freezer is the so-called chupacabra.
"I'm not going to tell you that's not a chupacabra. I just think in my opinion a chupacabra is a dog," Travis Schaar of the Main Street Animal Hospital in nearby Victoria, who has seen Canion's find, was quoted as saying. He believes it may just be an unusual breed of dog that prefers to let its prey blood out before feeding.
[Emphasis added by DD]

Nevertheless the sighting has spurred brisk sales in chupacabra apparel in the small Texas town of Cuero.
"If everyone has a fun time with it, we'll keep doing it," she told the AP. "It's good for Cuero."
Not the first chupacabra frenzy

Phylis Canion showing a photo of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Canion's find is not the first time the carcass of a strange animal has stirred up a chupacabra frenzy. According to Wikipedia, in July 2004, a rancher near San Antonio killed a hairless dog-like creature, which was attacking his livestock. This creature was later determined to be a malformed coyote. Similarly in 2006 an apparent feral dog was killed in Maine. At the time it was reputed to be a "killer mutant beast."
The legend of the chupacabra dates back to 1987 when Puerto Rican newspapers El Vocero and El Nuevo Dia reported on mysterious deaths of animals. Puerto Rican comedian Silverio Pérez is credited with coining the term "chupacabra."

Species Identified: Xoloitzcuintle breed of dog

Regarding the "chupacabra" story: I believe I can clarify the identity of this animal, and some research on the internet would do the same for anyone. It is a Xoloitzcuintle, Xolo for short, otherwise known as a Mexican Hairless dog. They are an unusual and rare breed, but a DOG nevertheless. I own a lovely one, and assure you he doesn't suck the blood of anything. Ludicrous.
What may be most disturbing is that three of these xolos were found as "roadkill", and xolos are very, very uncommon - and not feral in the US! This suggests to me that someone is breeding xolos and dumping "undesirable" dogs.
Finally, Phylis Canion may claim she knows exotic animals, but it appears what she really knows is marketing. [The press is] helping her make a bundle off a dead xolo that appears to have been malnourished and parasite-filled before it died.
For dog lovers like me, [the story is] truly vile.
Thanks for your time.
Best regards,
Related articles

Chupacabra story is a hoax; likely a Xolo dog breed
(9/4/2007) An alleged chupacabra carcass found in Texas is likely a hoax to sell T-shirts say dog experts. The animal, described in an Associated Press report last week as "a cross between two or three different things", was found as road kill last month near the Texas town of Cuero. The woman who discovered the carcass has been using it to market chupacabra T-shirts. In lively Internet discussions dog breeders say the carcass appears to be that of a Xoloitzcuintle or Xolo, otherwise known as a Mexican Hairless dog, rather than the blood-sucking creature of legend.

[Travis Schaar's statement made in the article above (which I have highlighted to give it emphasis) sums up the official point of view that many of us agree with. Chupacabras killings and animal mutilations are mostly the work of sickly wild dogs that may feel the need to drink blood to regain their strength, an thus go through the peculiar act of letting their prey drain out so that they can lap the blood up before eating the rest. This is most possible although it is also true that the blood will settle in the body in a short time and leave an apparently "Bloodless" corpse. In this case, the "Chupa" was almost definitely a Xolo or Mexican Hairless dog.-DD]

So what evidence do we have that Chupacabras are due to mangy wild dogs of different sorts?
Well, for one thing, Witnesses have caught them in the act (reconstruction in the artwork at the top of this posting), for another thing, these Chupacabras leave dog tracks (as above) Furthermore, the prey is commonly killed the way a dog would kill it, toothmarks correspond to the pattern of dog teeth left in a standard dog's bite mark, and we continue to find the dead bodies of Mangy Dog Chupacabras (below)

Several photos taken from the previously-noted Chupacabras article by "Cryptozoologist" and showing what looks to be fairly typical damage as done by dogs. The "Cryptozoologist" article notes different types of "Chupacabras", as does the Wikipedia, but the type that is most like a mangy dog is usually the second most numerous kind as far as sightings go. On the other hand, the feral-dog or Canid sightings are noted over a much larger area geographically speaking and probably should be simply stated to be worldwide.

"Another description of chupacabras, although not as common, describes a strange breed of wild dog. This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws... Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabras is said to drain all of the animal's blood (and sometimes organs) usually through three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle or through one or two holes"

Actually the tooth marks reported in Chupacabras cases conform to the shape of dog's teeth and this has been confirmed in official statements made after scientific investigations on Chupacabras attacks. The shape of the holes in the dog's leg below are also consistent with the toothrow of a large dog the concave sides of the toothrow shown in the bitemark on the smaller dog's leg acn be seen in the typical dog's tooth pattern of this dead "Chupacabras".

As far as photos go, I can well believe this is a porcupine up a tree, retouched to add fangs to it.

This is the "Chupacabras" photo suggested by twasbrillig in response to the last Chupacabras posting on this blog, together with the fuller version of the original. It has also been retouched, to my eye by taking out some of the "dark" area in a process of reverse-painting using some appropriate chemical. I have painted "Devils" in the background of pictures for my own amusement before using the process. The original image could very well have been a black bear from the looks of it. The "head" and "tail" are the most-modified.

Below, an impression of Chupacabras variant reports from DeviantArt and posted by kjmarch.
The first is based on a large-bat sighting and the second and fourth are based on dog sightings.

Best Wishes, Dale D.


  1. Charles Fort, in Lo!, has a number of sheep-killer and chicken-killer cases from England. Most attributed to canids, tho there's one fiune case attributed to a dead otter.

  2. There is another factor which unites various elements of the Chupacabras tales: the dogs, the bats and the mass killings of livestock. And that is rabies. Rabies (el Mal, or The Bad Thing in Mexico)can cause dogs to go on killing sprees attacking everything in sight but eating none of it, because they can no longer swallow properly; and many of the depictions and descriptions of te Chupacabras-dogs have them drooling or frothing at the mouth. The rabies could also be carried by bats, even giant bats, and they could also become "Furious" killers, with a fixation for drinking blood like the fictional vampires (this is in fact the reason given for why fictional vampires act that way according to so medical experts). Ironically, the "Bloodsuckers" would eventually get to the point where they could not even drink the blood of their victims, at which point they would merely be wasting it on the ground.

    Best Wishes, Dale D.

  3. I thought it had recently been proven that the quasi-hairless canine chupacabras (such as "the Texas Dashcam Chupa") were Mexican coy-wolf hybrids?

  4. No, some are simply plain dogs, some are plain coyotes and many are unidentifiable mongels. They are a very mixed lot and therefore using any one specific identification for them all is a perilous proposition.

  5. True! But, the same could be said for stray sea elephants of the western North Atlantic.

  6. What sort of rot is this? These "Chupacabras" corpses have been tested independently for DNA and have been found to be mere stray dogs, coyotes and mixed breeds of canids of all sorts. That was in answer to your original question and the answer I made before has nothing to do with the reply you have made.You are making a false analogy which is actually a nonsense remark. The suggestion of Caribbean (NOT Western North Atlantic) Elephant seals are supported by a string of reports from the 1800s up to current, tracks in the same date range and bioth continuing down to the E coast of Brazil where Elephant seals are KNOWN to be, the traditions I have mentioned and the sculptural representations which go with those traditions. Plus at least one clear good photograph which is in Ivan Sanderson's files and which I examined when I was going through those files in the 1970s and I made a copy of it. It is a very clear photo showing a very obvious young male elephant seal from Eastern Costa Rica in the same region where this same tradition has been recorded. Besides that we have less clear but more recent videotapes. You are speaking rubbish and I do not intend to flatter your ego by replying to you any further until and unless you actually have something worthwhile to say.


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