Mythical Creatures Series
Is it a myth? Legend? Hairless coyote? This creature comes out at night and has a particular interest in blood, so keep your animals inside, especially if you live in Puerto Rico.
What is it?
The chupacabra is a legendary cryptid (a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by scientific consensus and often regarded as highly unlikely) rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
The majority of alleged sightings take place in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities. The first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico – 8 dead sheep with puncture wounds in the chest and completely drained of blood.
There are many theories about where the chupacabra has come from, including outer space, military experiments on coyotes or a coverup for vampire cults.
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, but the physical description seems to vary depending where you read it. Sometimes it is described as a winged monkey, six to eight feet tall, with long, clawed arms and hideous fangs. Some eyewitnesses state the creature is a flying rodent or a species of kangaroo. Others says it has a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench.
Appearances in Culture (there is a lot out there)
- Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
- X Files: season 4, episode 11 – El Mundo Gira
- Dexter’s Laboratory is for the chupacabras in the episode called “Got Your Goat” from the Season 2
- A chupacabras appears as a legendary creature in the video game Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, where it takes the appearance of a cross between a hyena and a boar
- It has been portrayed various times in the anime series Negima
- The Walking Dead TV series references the chupacabra in the episode Chupacabra when Daryl Dixon claims to have seen one whilst squirrel hunting, however later in the episode it is revealed that he had eaten magic mushroom
- In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, the Chupacabras only came out at night, and attacked the live-stock in its area
- A monster named El Chupanibre appeared in an episode of the TV Series Futurama
Did you know? Chupacabras can be translated from Spanish as “goat-sucker.”
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