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Unexplained Creatures: El Chupacabra

Have you ever witnessed something you couldn’t explain, possibly an animal seeming to be outside of nature? Or perhaps you have heard stories of such creatures, the ones that loom in dark places at night leaving strange tracks on the ground and peering at you with glowing red eyes. Creatures that stalk humans and even terrorize communities, those that are outside the realm of science. They have been spotted and talked about since ancient times and are the source of nighttime terrors and the origins of many legends and myths from our culture and from around the world.

Creatures Outside Of The Animal Kingdom

The monsters in which I speak are being classified as cryptids, a term describing them as unknown in the animal kingdom. This pseudoscience is known as cryptozoology, and while the term is fairly recent, these creatures of the skies, forests, and deep within our waters have been a part of alternative history for eons.

One such creature has been sighted in Puerto Rico and Mexico since the early ’90’s and has been known to tear through the local livestock. It’s name “El Chupacabra” literally meaning “goat-sucker” in Spanish. He was thusly named after farmers noticed small puncture wounds on the corpses of their animals. Some claim that the chupacabra’s eyes become glowing red when threatened, giving it the ability to hypnotize and stun it’s prey before it feasts.

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Chupacabra’s have generally been described in two different ways. The first being a lizard-like animal with scaly skin, sharp spikes or quills running down it’s back, and a dog or panther like face with a forked tongue. It screeches when alarmed and leaves a sulfuric stench behind, causing witnesses to be nauseous. The second description being that of a creature standing about three or four feet tall, gray in color with an oversized head, having large black eyes and a big mouth full of sharp teeth, this one also emitting a sulfuric smell.

The first account to bring the “goat-sucker” to the media’s attention was in 1995 in Orocovis, a mountainous region of Puerto Rico where sheep, goats, cows, and chickens were slaughtered daily for two months. Many people claimed the creature had literally “sucked the insides out of it’s victims through the eye sockets.”

Chupacabra Reported in Downtown Miami

After that incident, many stories began to pop up in different areas. In 1996, a newspaper for Sweetwater, Florida reported that a chupacabra was sighted west of downtown Miami when a woman said she saw an “inhuman thing” cross her property. That same year the evening news mentioned a story about a mysterious creature killing people’s pets in South Florida leaving behind the smell of sulfur.

In April 2006, MosNews reported that the chupacabras was spotted in Russia for the first time. Reports from Central Russia beginning in March 2005 tell of a beast that kills animals and sucks out their blood. Thirty-two turkeys were killed and drained overnight. Reports later came from neighboring villages when 30 sheep were found dead having been sucked dry of all their blood.

Theories about what this mysterious beast could be range from them being mythical creatures called gargoyles, to being alien in origin, or that it could possibly be a genetic experiment that got loose from a secret laboratory in El Yunque, a mountain on the east part of Puerto Rico near a military complex. Whatever the case, it certainly seems that the reign of this little bloodsucker is raging on and he’s still pretty hungry.

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Published on: April 18, 2012

Filled Under: Scary Urban Legends

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