Has the mythical Chupacabra finally been captured? Phylis Canion from Texas, USA, discovered the body of a large creature, which had been killed on the road. Noticing that this was not an ordinary canine or coyote, Phylis (an experienced hunter) removed the head of the creature for later identification and trophy mounting.
"It is one ugly creature," Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.
The name Chupacabra comes from the Spanish chupar "to suck" and cabra "goat", literally "goat sucker". It is a legendary creature rumoured to inhabit parts of the Americas, specifically Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Latin American communities in the United States.
Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been reported as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It has also been spotted outside the Americas in countries like Russia and the Philippines. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.
In late October 2010, University of Michigan biologist Barry O'Connor concluded that all of the 'chupacabras' reports in the United States were simply coyotes infected with the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei, the symptoms of which would explain most of the features of the chupacabras: have little fur, thickened skin, and rank odour. O'Connor theorised the attacks on goats occurred "because these animals are greatly weakened, they're going to have a hard time hunting. So they may be forced into attacking livestock because it's easier than running down a rabbit or a deer."