i'll start out by stating that this is, obviously, my opinion.
i try very hard to be objective when it comes to all things strange and mysterious, but i am also very passionate about the subject.
first off thank you to all my friends and perhapa-fans who thought of me immediately when they saw the fox news and cnn video clips of the texas taxidermist's "chupacabra' and sent me the links. i was inundated with them and appreciate that you thought "wow--i bet my pal todd would love this!" i do.
so keep them coming. should you see something on the news, in the paper, in your yard...i consider myself a paranormal investigator on the side (i'm even in the process of setting up a website with kieran to go public with my research group, northern dutchess paranormal. should have that up in a month or so...) and i'd love to take a look at whatever you've got or hear tales of whatever you've seen...
that said...this is not a chupacabra.
one of the more frustrating aspects of paranormal research is that people don't always take it seriously. the word cryptozoology, breaking it down to it's greek roots, means the study of hidden animals, and trust me when i say that there are countless scientists and doctors all around the world who have dedicated their lives to tracking down and investigating these elusive creatures. there are lots of studies and information about these cryptids--if people just take the time to do a little research of their own.
"The most common description of Chupacabra is a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6 m). This variety is said to have 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. When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabra's eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea."
though the chupacabra has been a part of the latin-american mythology for centuries, the creature really didn't pop up in the global consciousness until the mid-90s. a rash of bizarre attacks on farm animals and house pets created a stir in puerto rico that stumped local officials. the animals were killed in a particularly violent fashion and completely exsanguinated. odd, but odder still was the fact that the victims were found with but a single puncture wound--usually on the neck--with no sign of opposing trauma opposite the wound. (meaning that the animals was not held in a predator's jaws while it's blood was being drained.) descriptions of the creature led to this drawing by ufo investiogator, jorge martin, which was corroborated by all the the eye witnesses as being the thing they saw.
if you want to read a fantastic and comprehensive account of the incidents and the subsequent investigation, check out scott corrales' wonderful book, chupacabras and other mysteries.
sadly, because journalists don't have a great deal of respect for this area of investigation, they will quickly leap to the most available (or eagerly offered) conclusion without taking the time to do the research. so that when people in texas (or maine or whereever...) show up with some as-yet-unidentified canine, the media is quick to throw the label of chupacabra on it and use it as a teaser for their evening news cast.
that is a strange creature they have there in texas. and so far it seems that they've been unable to identify it properly. possibly it's been responsible for killing local livestock. it definitely appears to be canine to me. it does not in any way resemble previous reports of the chupacabra. maybe they could call it the devil dog.
i call it poor journalism.
have a great weekend!
smell ya later!
oh and ps--if you wanna see what a real chupacabra looks like...
i got your chupacabra right here.