El Chupacabra, Latin America’s Answer to Bigfoot

Artists Rendering of El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra (The “Goat Sucker”) is, by many accounts, either a three foot tall, green, scaly missing link arthropod, or the unchained pet of alien visitors to Central America.

This small but ferocious mythical creature is relatively new to the ABE (Anomalous Biological Entities) scene, but it has garnered its share of the spotlight in recent years.

Initial sightings were reported in Puerto Rico in the early part of 1990 and the first reported Chupacabra attack was in March of 1995. Since then this power packed weirdo has been spooking Latin American populations from Columbia, to Mexico and even as far north as Maine and as far south as Chile. El Chupacabra gets around apparently.

The trademark signature of a Chupacabra attack is well known to UFOlogists and paranormal investigators across the America’s. Two small puncture wounds, often on the neck of smaller livestock such as chickens and goats, and the blood of the animal drained completely, usually without a trace.

Small village farmers will often claim damage to their chicken coops that seems to small and precise for wild animals such as dogs.

Many eye witness accounts have described El Chupacabra as having glowing red eyes, slanted and pupil-less, much like the description of the popular grey aliens. They often describe a long fork tongue, typically resembling a tube or straw and spines running the length of the creatures back. A majority of accounts attribute a sulphuric stench to the creature and a general feeling of nausea in eyewitnesses.

What brings credibility to the legend of El Chupacabra is the abundance of seemingly credible eye witness accounts from law enforcement officials, government officers and local politicians (as if they should be taken at their word), though the vast majority of reports come from farmers who claim to have lost livestock at the hands (or claws) of the Chupacabra.

Like any other paranormal phenomena, some have tried to profit from the legend by embellishing accounts and even so far as merchandising the creature. A Mexican company now offers an El Chupacabra doll, which comes complete with a goat skull and a vial of blood for Mr. “Goat-Sucker” to quench his thirst on.

Where the accounts fall short is, as usually is the case, in the area of evidence. A large number of alleged Chupacabra attacks have been conclusively attributed to coyote and wild dog attacks. In cases where a strange carcass has been found and labelled El Chupacabra by the press, have more often than not been confirmed to be the remains of mange ridden coyotes and foxes.

There have been several instances of supposed Chupacabras being struck by vehicles on rural roads, almost all of which have been destroyed by local scavenging animals before researchers could get to them, which is somewhat suspicious in-and-of-itself.

The carcass of a coyote which had been suffereing from an extreme case of mange

The carcass of a coyote which had been suffereing from an extreme case of mange

So what exactly is El Chupacabra? By witness accounts the being is too strange to be considered a member of our planet’s animal population, a widely held belief is that they are the product of American Military genetic experiments gone bad. This is likely the result of large American Military installations in and around the area’s of the first sightings in the mid 1990’s.

Of course, the most popular explanation is that El Chupacabra is in fact an extra-terrestrial version of a loyal pet gone off the leash. Fido, if you will, may have been left behind by alien visitors from that era, while they were on an interplanetary picnic to Central America. One wonders if they had his name and address inscribed on his collar, like my dog.

All in all, the legend of El Chupacabra is far from credible, though its sensational publicity is a testament to the steadfast belief of witnesses. Much like the North American Bigfoot, it seems unlikely that an animal such as The “Goat Sucker” could have eluded the scrutiny of science for so long without capture or study; but whatever it is that’s mutilating small livestock on farms along equator in Central America, El Chupacabra is as neat an explanation as any other.

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