Is the Chupacabra real? This question is asked by many people and with good reason. There's very little evidence to support this creature's existence.
El Vampiro de Moca
Cave dwellers depicted this creature in crude drawings. Legends of a blood-sucking monster haunted tribal cultures in North and South America. Natives of the rain forest told stories of a Mosquito Man, who sucked blood from animals through his long pointed beak. This legendary creature was known as El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire of Moca).
It wasn't until 1970 that the legend gained worldwide attention when several animals, including horses, were discovered dead in Moca, Puerto Rico. Each of the animals had been drained of all blood through two puncture wounds. Authorities dismissed the rumors of the El Vampiro and attributed the killings to satanic cults. However, when reports of sightings and dead animals with similar neck wounds began pouring into police stations all over Puerto Rico, the public was convinced the ancient vampiric creature was responsible.
Is the Chupacabra Real or Legend?
Twenty-two years after the Moca terror, a new wave of animal killings once more plagued Puerto Rico. Silverio Perez, a Puerto Rican musician turned television host jokingly called the legendary creature, El Chupacabra. Chupar means "to suck" and cabra is Spanish for goat. The public quickly adopted the new name.
Cryptozoologists were intrigued with these strange stories. These scientists, dedicated to the study of previously unknown animals, conjectured that perhaps the Chupacabra was also depicted in Europe's medieval mythology of the gargoyle.
Descriptions of the Creature
The descriptions of El Chupacabra vary, ranging from the size of a small bear to a three to four-foot tall lizard-man with spikes or quills running down the length of his back. Most reports describe the Chupacabra as a humanoid creature until recent claims surfaced about a canine-like beast. Eyewitnesses claim the creature morphs into another shape once it's sated with the blood of its prey.
Sightings Take Three Forms
Over the years, the reported sightings of El Chupacabra seem to fall into three basic descriptions.
Lizard Man: The lizard man is the most common and ancient chupacabra form reported.
- Canine face with fangs and forked tongue
- Hisses and screeches
- Hops like a kangaroo, can leap twenty feet
- Leathery skin or green and gray scales
- Multi-colored quills or spikes along spine
- People grow dizzy and nauseated when in its presence
- Red glowing eyes
- Sulfur odor
Hopping Dog: The next most common description is similar to the first.
- Dense gray fur and facial hair
- Hops like kangaroo
- Nauseating sulfur smell
- Over-sized teeth, no fangs
- Stands on hind legs
Hairless Wild Dog: The third description is similar to animal recently killed recently in Texas.
- Hairless leathery skin
- Large teeth and claws
- Sulfur stench
- Pronounced spine
Sightings Spread to the Americas
Not long after the 1990 reports in Puerto Rico, sightings of the mysterious beast spread throughout South and North America. Mexico quickly became a hotbed for the animal's nightly massacres and sightings. The United States sightings have been reported in the Carolinas, Maine and Michigan, but the majority has come from the southwest states.
2001 Nicaragua Chupacabra Find
In 2001, a corpse thought to be a Chupacabra was found in Nicaragua. However, scientific testing of tissue samples revealed a previously unknown wild dog breed. Many people who asked, "Is the Chupacabra real?" believe these findings finally answer this troubling question.
Sighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico
A very interesting case occurred in September 2006. Valerie Pauls was going about her morning chores at the AmeriSuites Hotel when a hissing sound from the sixth floor roof alarmed her. When she glanced up, she saw two glowing red eyes. She described the creature as being similar to a gargoyle. Ms. Pauls was overcome by an obnoxious sulfur odor that made her dizzy. She described bright colors flashing around the creature. Disoriented, she stumbled to her car just as the creature lunged from its perch on the roof. It landed on the windshield of her car and cracked it. She says the creature then leapt back to the roof and disappeared.
Another Albuquerque, New Mexico Encounter
Rebecca Tuggle, was about to climb into her car when she heard a hissing sound. She turned in its direction and saw a strange creature that appeared to be a combination of a kangaroo, lizard and bat with rainbow-colored spikes running the length of its spine. The creature was nearly four feet in stature and like others who've had such close encounters, Ms. Tuggle immediately became nauseated and dizzy. She also noted that the creature's eyes were red and glowed. The commonly described overpowering smell of sulfur was also present.
San Antonio, Texas: Animal Evidence
In July of 2004, a San Antonio, Texas rancher killed a dog-like animal. Scientific forensics revealed it was a canine, possibly a coyote with mange. Dubbed the Elmendorf Creature, two other similar canines were later found in the same area.
A man in Grand Haven, Michigan reported he came upon the Chupacabra as it was sucking the blood from a cat.
Video and Drawing of Chupacabra
Most of the scientific explanations for the animal deaths and mutilations blame either humans or natural predators. Scientists explain the blood loss is due to a natural scavenging of insects. Cryptozoologists don't believe this explains the cases where puncture wounds much larger than insect bites exist with no signs of mutilation.
Recently, in Texas, a taxidermist and his friend found what's believed to be a Chupacabra. Currently, two universities are conducting DNA tests. The taxidermist, his friend and the world eagerly await the answer to the question: Is the Chupacabara real?