- Modern Day (culture)
- Forest Dweller (attribute)
- Rural (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
- Vampires (common type)
The vampiric animal referred to as ‘Goatsucker’. It apparently still inhabits an island near Puerto Rico. There are many descriptions of what it looked like. Some say that it was a lizard with dorsal fin 3 -4ft long and a forked tongue; other report it as having bat like wings and black hair and red eyes; others state that it can walk on all fours but also stand upright. Some say that it hops like kangaroo has a long snout and long teeth and has grey fur but by contrast others have said that it is a hairless dog. It lived on livestock leaving behind the body that had two teeth marks in the neck.
The first report of an attack of the Chupacabra was in 1995 in Puerto Rico but since then it has been sighted in Chile The Philippines and Russia. In the 1995 attack eight sheep were discovered dead with three puncture holes in their necks and wounds in their chest area. Their flesh remained but they had been sucked dry of blood. A few months later a lady called Madylene Tolentino claimed to have seen the beast in the Puerto Rican town of Canovanas. It attacked and killed around 150 farm animals.
Similar attacks happened in 1975 in a small town of Moca although many state that these attacks were committed by a satanic cult. Each of the animals killed in this and subsequent attacks had been punctured and sucked dry of blood.
A most recent attack happened in July 2010 as a Chupacabra was found dead. On closer inspection the animal was identified as a hairless coyote. Scientists theorize that some coyotes are ridden with a rare parasite disorder that causes them to lose their hair and have a monstrous appearance.
Still even to this day there are many reports and sightings of the Chupacabra across America. Several instances of a Chupacabra sighting have turned out to be animals with mange, which is a fairly common (but not rare) class of diseases caused by parasitic mites. An animal with a bad case of mange will often be hairless and may have sores or be somewhat disfigured, leading it to be misidentified. The most common type of mange in canids is Sarcoptes scabiei. Several Chupacabra sightings or killings have turned out to be coyotes, coyote-dog hybrids, or coyote-wolf hybrids with severe mange. This would also account for the livestock killings, since ill animals will go for domestic prey which is easier to catch in their weakened state.
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