The Chupacabra: Real? Yes, Say Animal Experts
It looks like those weird, goatlike animals of Tex-Mex legend may be the result of crossbreeding:
Whatever it is, it’s ugly and on the prowl.
Recent sighting of the mythical Chupacabra, wandering the backyards of Texas, have led to at least one neighbor setting up traps in a desperate bid to prove its existence.
Photos taken in a Houston-area neighborhood over the weekend show a large, hairless canine with pointy ears and a long skinny tail trotting past lawn chairs.
It was allegedly the third sighting of the mysterious animal in the area in 11 days, KPRC reported.
“Big long pointy ears, long tail, had no skin, or no fur rather. But on its skin you could see splotches of grey,” said Scott Black, who snapped the photo. …
In 2007, [a] creature, also resembling a Chupacabra, was found in Cuero, Texas. Phylis Canion, who’s seen holding the photo, believed it was killing her chickens.
In 2008, a DNA analysis on [one] alleged Chupacabra specimen conducted by History Channel’s MonsterQuest found it having a mix of chromosomes found in coyotes and wolves. …
Claude Griffen from Gotcha Pest Control blames the recent uptick in continental U.S. sightings on the fact that many of the creatures are real animals that were born here. The exception, he said, is that they’ve been bred with other species.
Griffen believes people are deliberately breeding canines like coyotes and wolves with domesticated dogs and letting them loose so they can turn around and report them as Chupacabras.
“They are practicing the perfection of inbreeding,” Griffen told KPRC.