The Chupacabra is a cryptozoology legend, the “goat sucker” that sucks the blood of its victims. In 1995, the first Chupacabra reports came from Puerto Rico, blamed for attacks on sheep, goats, and other animals. Over several months, there were hundreds of reports.
Later, some reports of the red-eyed gargoyle-like spiky spined creature which could stand upright reached from the Americas to the United States.
Sometimes, similar reports led to finding specimens, but biologists determined they were coyotes, dogs, or a hybrid of the two. However, these animals were bizarre-looking due to mange which left them largely hairless. Due to their weakened condition, they were unable to hunt wild animals. So, they attacked domesticated animals out of desperation.
On the other hand, the witnesses said these creatures drained the blood without eating them. The bodies of the dead goats and other animals showed distinct puncture wounds. (see video below). The coyote hybrids were nothing like the monstrous descriptions from earlier reports.
Chupacabra in Pennsylvania?
On January 21, 2022, a report from Fairfield Township, Pennsylvania, suggests another Chupacabra-like creature. This time, however, the animal in question wasn’t killing livestock.
Christina Eyth saw paw prints outside her door and followed them, finding a dog-like animal outside the basement door, reports WPXI.
“I wasn’t quite sure, but … it was scared and it was cold and all I could think about was this animal needed help,” Christina Eyth said.
After looking at the animals, she couldn’t tell what it was but could see it was frightening, cold, and shivering.
“It’s definitely a coyote, no it’s a dog; so with there being so much question, that’s whenever they got the Wildlife [Works] involved,” Eyth said.
So, she encouraged the creature to go into her basement and called a local certified wildlife rehabilitator to take a look. When Morgan Barron of WildLife Works Mount Pleasant arrived, she was perplexed at what she was seeing.
“I honestly can’t definitively say what it is, but to err on the side of caution, since they can carry rabies and since it might be a coyote … (we will) get genetic testing done and go from there,” Barron said.
Unlike descriptions of a monstrous Chupacabra, the animal was shy and non-aggressive. So, it’s most likely a stray dog but the expert isn’t entirely sure.
“Behavior-wise he’s very timid, very scared and not aggressive at all, which makes me lean toward dog,” Barron explained.
For now, the animal is being treated for mange and will stay isolated as they await genetic testing results. Regardless of what it is, Eyth is happy to have helped the animals in need of help.
“There was an animal in need, and I feel like I did the right thing either way,” she said.
See video from WKMG News 6 ClickOrlando:
Chupacabra in Texas
In August 2007, Phylis Canion saw a creature many called a Chupacabra in a ranch field in Cuero, Texas. Canion thought it was probably responsible for killing her chickens, sucking them dry.
“Now, most of the predators here will actually take the animal and take it away,” she said. “So I was perplexed at what this animal was that would just kill it and leave the meat. There was no blood at all. The blood was sucked out of it,” she continued.
Later, Canion found a similar hairless creature dead on the nearby highway and froze the gruesome fanged head to preserve the evidence. She said its skin was course and “elephant-like” and hard to cut with a knife. Then, she found another Chupacabra-like creature dead on her neighbor’s property.
DNA sequencing determined it was a coyote which could have also been a part wolf. However, its canines were unusually long. Despite the findings, Canion wasn’t convinced, believing what she found was something new. After speaking to other witnesses and doing her own research, she said:
“I know animals, and I know that this is a very different, strange, animal.”
Chupacabra-like animals have also been studied from Elmendorf, Blanco, Fort Worth, and Pollok, Texas. They, too, appeared to be hybrid canines. However, the skull featured an enlarged sagittal crest, and the canines seemed unusually long.
Canion appeared on the HISTORY channel to discuss the creature (see video below).