A Chupacabra is a popular legend in Latin America that describes a monstrous creature attacking animals and consuming their blood. Chupacabra is a Spanish name that means “goat sucker,” referring to how the cryptid allegedly attacks its prey. The creature is fearsome but probably nonexistent. It has been characterized as the southern equivalent of Sasquatch (a human-like creature that was legendary and believed to have existed in the northwestern United States and Western Canada).
Recently the Chupacabra joined the vampire in the bestiary of bloodsucking creatures. The first time chupacabras were reported was in 1995 in Puerto Rico. The creature was blamed for attacking goats, sheep, and other domestic animals and supposedly leaving the carcasses uneaten but draining their blood. No actual specimen of this creature was found. Skeptics believe that the “witnesses” that alleged to see chupacabras may have been influenced by the Hollywood science-fiction horror film Species 1995. In this movie, a monster with features similar to the “appearance” of the Chupacabra. The sighting of the Chupacabra has also been reported throughout America.
How Does Chupacabra Look Like from Sight and Encounter Stories?
There are no specific known photographs of the Chupacabra. Many of the supposed images have turned out to be nothing more than disease-ridden coyotes. Therefore it is unknown what this mythical creature looks like – if it exists. However, numerous eyewitness accounts bring different descriptions of this creature’s appearance.
According to an eyewitness in Puerto Rico, Madelyne Tolentino, the Chupacabra was described as a creature standing on two legs. The newspapers reported that the animal was some “large ape” during several incidents. A sound bite originating from the associated video at that time said: “they are two giant creatures, big like a man. I saw them from a distance; they looked like big apes, like mandrill, but I could not distinguish their features.
Other witnesses claimed to see different variations of the creature. One young college student claimed that he had seen a creature about three feet in height with dark eyes the size of chicken eggs, with prominent fangs and spikes that ran from its head to its back.
Typically, the description of Chupacabra sighting today is more in line with a reptile or resembles an alien creature. Many “eyewitnesses” have described the beast as having a grey oval head, skin like that of a lizard, with a height measuring about three to four feet. Many say it resembles a kangaroo that can move around on its hind legs. Additionally, the creature has large red eyes, a tongue that looks like a fork, fangs, and sharp quills running down its back.
What Do People Believe About the Chupacabra?
The phenomenon has been associated with the “Vampiro de Moca” of 1975. Puerto Rican legend tells how 15 cows, two geese, three goats, and a pig were found with puncture marks in the Rocha Barrio suburbs of Moca. When autopsies were conducted on these animals, it showed that blood had been drained from their bodies. The incident made headlines, and the police associated the death of the animals with stray dogs. Another event occurred five months later, but this time with more bloodshed.
In August 1995, a predator around Puerto Rico in a town called Canovanas killed 150 farm animals and pets. These 150 animals had been killed the same way, just like those killed in the incident of March 1975.
Blood had been drained from the animals through a small puncture wound that was the diameter of a drinking straw and was about four inches in length. While the attacks were initially blamed on stray dogs, the media started questioning the actual cause after the puncture marks found on animals killed in 1995. Some marks had appeared in the skull instead of the areas generally targeted by canines.
In 1996 the Spanish talk show Christina broadcasted the story about the Chupacabra. In the following show, many people alleged to have seen the same creature across Latin America and the United States. The Chupacabra had become a famous Bigfoot.
Confirmed Sightings Off Chupacabra in Recent Years
Later in the 2000s, there were reports of Chupacabra. Still, this time, instead of a bipedal creature, many witnesses claimed to have encountered a creature that looked like a canine animal with grotesque skin that was often pale and scaly. Some of the citizens who experienced the beast were able to kill it and had a body to offer as evidence. However, none of these animals proved to be anything other than those afflicted with parasites.
How To Protect Yourself Against Attack by Chupacabra If Indeed It Does Exist.
Chupacabra mythology seemingly does not have a solution for how human beings can protect themselves. However, it is urged that people of all ages should stay indoors at night and away from goat pens and chicken coops.
There are many debates about the existence of Chupacabra and whether the undiscovered cryptid or several canines suffering from sarcoptic mange inspired the stories. Dismissing the many witness reports about these attacks as normal occurrences will not be prudent. Additionally, many theories are available on what may have caused the rise of Chupacabra legends. Therefore, the idea cannot be entirely discredited. However, some people think there could be a simple explanation that could come in handy on the existence of Chupacabra. They believe that we can blame the Internet for the existence of Chupacabra. The emergence of the Internet in the 1980s may have led to the commercialization of the Chupacabra story in 1995. Especially in the United States. The speed with which the media and reports travel to get viewership by the public could have contributed to how the public perceived the myth. One thing about myths is that people want to believe in something. Still, the Chupacabra myth seems comforting because this is a vampiric monster that does not attack humans.