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chupacabra.jpg (18111 bytes)The chupacabra ("goat sucker") is an animal said to be unknown to science and systemically killing animals in places like Puerto Rico, Miami, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico. The creature's name originated with the discovery of some dead goats in Puerto Rico with puncture wounds in their necks and their blood allegedly drained. According to UFO Magazine (March/April 1996) there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of animal mutilations in Puerto Rico  attributed to the chupacabra.

According to Ben Radford, the chupacabra is modeled after the creature in the 1995 movie Species. The first eyewitness account of the creature was given by Madelyne Tolentino in a Puerto Rican newspaper. Radford interviewed Tolentino and asked her if her account could have been influenced by the alien/human hybrid creature in Species. She had seen the movie in the weeks prior to making her description. The two images below can be used for comparison.

creature from the 1995 film "Species"

Tolentino's chupa







Other reports in Puerto Rico and Latin America can be dismissed, says Radford, because they’re all based on Tolentino’s Hollywood-inspired monster.*

not a chupacabraPuerto Rican authorities maintained that the deaths were due to attacks from groups of stray dogs or other exotic animals, such as the panther, illegally introduced in the island's territory. The director of Puerto Rico's Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services Division, Hector Garcia, stated that there is nothing unusual or extraordinary about the cases they've observed. One veterinarian said "it could be a human being who belongs to a religious sect, even another animal. It could also be someone who wants to make fun out of the Puerto Rican people."

Like other creatures in the cryptozoologist's barnyard, the chupacabra has been variously described. Some witnesses have seen a small half-alien, half-dinosaur tailless vampire with quills running down its back; others have seen a panther like creature with a long snake-like tongue; still others have seen a hopping animal that leaves a trail of sulfuric stench. Some think it may be a type of dinosaur heretofore unknown. Some are convinced that the wounds on animals whose deaths have been attributed to the chupacabra indicate an alien presence. However, they do not attribute the "mutilations" to the aliens themselves, but to one of their pets or experiments gone awry. Such creatures are known as Anomalous Biological Entities [ABEs] in UFO circles.

Those who think the chupacabra is an ABE also believe that there is a massive government and mass media conspiracy to keep the truth hidden from the people, probably to prevent panic. This view is maintained despite the fact that the President of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Agricultural Commission, Mr. Juan E. [Kike] Lopez, introduced a resolution asking for an official investigation to clarify the situation. Inside Edition sent a crew to Puerto Rico to investigate the ABE story. They allegedly ridiculed the Mayor of Canavanas, a witness to the chupacabra, and basically made fun of the whole idea.

Jorge Martin, a Puerto Rican journalist who describes himself as a "leading UFO researcher," reports that it has been brought to his attention that the U.S. and Puerto Rican governments have captured two of the creatures. Perhaps there will soon be a film on the ABE autopsy to rival the discredited alien autopsy film. Martin cautions us not to exclude other reasonable possibilities.

The ABEs can also be the product of highly sophisticated genetic manipulations by human agencies. A Chinese-Russian scientist by the name of Dr. Tsian Kanchen, has produced genetic manipulations which have created new species of electronically-crossed plant and animal organisms. Kanchen developed an electronic system whereby he can pick up the bioenergetic field of the DNA of living organisms and transfer it electronically to other living organisms. By these means he has created incredible new breeds of ducks/chickens, with physical characteristics of both species; goats/rabbits, and new breeds of plants such as corn/wheat, peanut/sunflower seeds and cucumber/watermelons. These are produced by linking the genetic data of different living organisms contained in their bioenergetic fields by means of ultra-high frequencies biological linking. If the Russians have created this technology, then without doubt the US and other powers have too. Therefore, it is quite possible that the "Chupacabras" or ABEs could have been developed by humans. [Martin]

Martin goes on to report that a chupacabra has been killed and blood tests have been done on the creature.

The genetic analysis so far has revealed that the blood is in no way compatible with human blood nor with any animal species known to science. The traces ratio of magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and potassium are incompatible with those of normal human blood, they are much too high. The albumen/glouline [RG ratio] was also incompatible. The ratios found do not allow the results of the analysis to be compatible with those of any known animal species.

At present, we can't place the sample with any earthly organism. Therefore it could well be the product of a highly sophisticated genetic manipulation, an organism alien to our own environment or perhaps extraterrestrial. [Martin]

I suppose Martin's work is what passes for responsible journalism on some planets in the universe. On the other hand, the sightings may not be all that accurate, the "mutilations" not all that strange, and the evidence for these bodies, autopsies and blood tests remains little more than speculation for the most part. However, one alleged chupacabra was killed in Nicaragua and was examined by scientists at the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua. When the scientists revealed that the carcass was that of a common dog, they were met with skepticism and derision. Nobody wants to read a story with the headline: Chupacabra turns out to be Chihuahua.

Most scientists who have looked into alleged chupacabra sightings or findings agree that the creatures are quite terrestrial canines, often coyotes, suffering from mange. An increase in cases of mange is attributed to global warming.

See also bunyip, cattle mutilation, and cryptozoology.

further reading

Radford, Ben. 2011. Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore . University of New Mexico Press.

websites and blogs

How to make your own chupacabra by Crispian Jago Check out these before and after pictures!

'Chupacabra' Kills Sheep in Mexico. Why False Reports Persist by Benjamin Radford "Chupacabra reports are an identification of exclusion; it's a label for when someone doesn't know what else to call it. When someone doesn't know what attacked an animal, or can't identify some strange creature they saw they simply call it a chupacabra."

How Global Warming Creates Monsters by Benjamin Radford Most of the "monsters" are hairless, four-legged creatures. And the vast majority of them appear in the sunny Southwest. What the animals have in common is a bad case of mange....There's a good ecological reason for the increase in mange reports: global warming.

See also New Chupacabra Documentary: More Speculation than Investigation by Benjamin Radford


Can the mysterious chupacabra of Puerto Rico suck the blood of farm animals? The Straight Dope

news stories

coyote with mange

Chupacabra Sighting in Brazos County

"I don't think the Chupacabra is a real creature. I think it's just a coyote with mange. A terrible disease to have," said Bludau.

Mystery animal identifed in Kentucky According to a report by MSNBC, a chupacabra that had been shot and killed in Kentucky was not a chupacabra at all; it was really a bald raccoon.

Chupacabras are just coyotes with scabies, says biologist









Mysterious Livestock Attacks in Mexico Blamed on Chupacabra by Benjamin Radford "All the evidence points to dog attacks, but of course journalists know that injecting the goat-sucking chupacabra into the story makes it much more interesting."

Mysterious animal chupacabra killed in Ukrainian Chernigov region










Was El Chupacabra Spied in Texas? "We're either going to find out that they're a Mexican hairless dog species, and may have been someone's pet, or that they're coyotes," said Texas State University biologist Mike Forstner.










Bizarre Animal Captured Near Oklahoma's Dry Gulch U.S.A.

A bizarre-looking animal that has been roaming the countryside of rural Mayes County has been captured and turned over to wildlife experts in Claremore....it's known as the Dry Gulch chupacabra.

El Chupacabra photos in Ypsilanti Township? Expert says mangy dog






Chinese chupacabra mystery solvedKong Huazhen of the Daying Forestry Department, Sichuan recently announced that the mystery creature is an albino civet cat with a skin disease and "we have let it go."









Unknown Beast Raids Chicken Coop in Suining, Sichuan, China

Hairless raccoon causes stir in Claremore "I have a lot of people calling me, arguing that it’s a chupacabra,” Annette King Tucker, president at the Wild Heart Ranch in Claremore,  said. "We’ve been doing this for 14 years and have 15,000 wild animals here, and I’ve never had anything that’s been considered a mythical animal.” "If somebody were to come in here, a biologist with good credentials, and tell me that I was the only one to have a captive mythical creature in their care, I’m all about that. Because ... I need all the help I can get,” Tucker joked. "If anybody wants to view our chupacabra, we charge $100 for a private tour.”


Tony Potter, a golf course maintenance man found a dead animal on the 14th hole of the Runaway Bay Golf Course, 85 miles north of Dallas. Using his intuition, Tony determined:  "This is not a coyote. This is not a dog." He thinks it's a chupacabra.*

A state biologist who examined it Tuesday said that the animal was a male raccoon, probably no more than a few months old.

How he lost his hair, however, is still a mystery.

"It was a raccoon, no doubt about it," said Jennifer Barrow, the biologist. "It’s feet were a real giveaway. It had long toes, narrow feet . . . everything right for a raccoon."

But Barrow, who works for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, didn’t stop there.

She compared the shape of the animal’s head to that of a bleached raccoon skull, and they matched. The animal’s "dental formula" was also similar to that of a raccoon, she said.


 Texas Man Says He Has Mythical Chupacabra






Strange, Hairless Creature Sighted Lurking In Central Texas Neighborhood

Tests end Texan goat-sucker stir

Mystery Creature Causes Havoc in Puerto Rico" by Scott Corrales


El Chupacabras - Terror of Puerto Rico Myth or Beginning of a New Reality? by Bob Buck

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