The chupacabras are coming.
So say a couple of Southern California residents who claim to have seen the supposedly mythical animal whose vampirical reputation is for sucking blood out of livestock.
But has the myth become a reality?
“This thing was standing out there, looking at me,” said Cary Shuker of Riverside in an article by The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. “It was the ugliest-looking thing.”
So chupacabras are real, and they’re coming, right?
That might be one of the last things Mexican Americans in particular want to hear after growing up hearing horror stories of the frightening chupacabras.
Its name translated from Spanish to English is: “to suck goat.”
“I thought, ‘That is the strangest-looking animal I’ve ever seen,’ ” said fellow Riverside resident M.J. Bunt, an early childhood educator.
Bunt said she first saw the creature eating fruit from a tree in a front yard of a nearby home a year ago.
The ears of a deer, long snout, no hair, tail like a rat, long hindquarters. I thought it might be a sick coyote, a sick wolf.
Riverside resident M.J. Bunt, who claims to have seen a chupacabra
“The ears of a deer, long snout, no hair, tail like a rat, long hindquarters,” she recalled in the Press-Enterprise story. “I thought it might be a sick coyote, a sick wolf. But it had too many different characteristics from any of them.”
And not real blood-sucking creatures.
Yet people claim they’ve seen chupacabras and that they supposedly look like a cross between a rabid dog and a young kangaroo with mangy skin. There’s also been claims that it looks like a combination of a dog and a coyote, and maybe even with a dragon-like head.
The first chupacabra was allegedly spotted 22 years ago in Puerto Rico.
The website www.chupamacabre.com reported the farm animals in Puerto Rico were found to be drained of blood with puncture wounds in the neck. No meat was taken from the animals’ bodies.
The website www.chupamacabre.com claimed that more than 150 farm animals were attacked over a six-month stretch in 1995. Officials were left dumbfounded.
“Eyewitness accounts, published in local newspapers, spoke of a creature with a ‘reptilian body, oval head, bulging red eyes, fanged teeth and long, darting tongue,’ ” the website reported. “The farm animals in Puerto Rico were found to be drained of blood with puncture wounds in the neck. No meat was taken from the animals’ bodies.”
By 1996, The Press-Enterprise was reporting sightings in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The Fresno Bee also reported 21 years ago that a 10-year-old girl in Avenal feared for her six horses, two puppies and a rabbit because of concerns of the chupacabra coming.
The chupacabra is not a recognized species by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
“The chupacabra is not a recognized species by the Department of Fish and Wildlife,” Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told The Press-Enterprise. “Chupacabras are not a thing.”
Then why the number of sightings? Again and again over the past 20-plus years?
National Geographic reported that in many cases, the monsters have turned out to be coyotes suffering from very severe cases of mange, which is a painful, potentially fatal skin disease that can cause the animals’ hair to fall out and skin to shrivel.
But as Shuker, the Riverside resident who claims to have seen a chupacabra, said: “It was hunting my cat. This wasn’t no coyote, by any means.”