Chupacabra sighting in Victoria County, Texas? What is a Chupacabra?
We haven’t any any stories of sightings of the mythical creature known as Chupacabra in a while; however, one south Texas family did shoot and kill something resembling the mysterious “goat sucker”, according to a Crossroads Today report.
Doug and Lucy Ohrt and their family were at their Victoria County ranch when an unusual sound outside caught their attention.
Ohrt’s grandson ran outside, and from 240 away, shot and killed the mangy coyote-looking creature.
Mrs. Ohrt described the beast as having long legs and big teeth; however, it’s mangy coat was shorter than the typical coyotes.
The now-famous chupacabras first came on the scene, as far as we know, in the summer of 1975 when several farm animals in Puerto Rico were found dead. The bodies had strange puncture-like marks on their necks. The sightings intensified in the 1990s as the chupacabras’ appetite seemed to grow. In some cases, farmers reported that literally hundreds of their animals were inexplicably slaughtered. Invariably, the animals were not eaten by any predator, but were horribly mutilated or drained of blood – hence the name, “goatsucker.” In 1991, a male dog was found dead, with nothing inside. “It was as if all had been sucked out through the eyes,” the report said. “It had empty eye sockets and all the internal organs had disappeared.”
He goes on to say the descriptions of the creature over time has remained fairly consistent:
- three to five feet tall
- dark gray facial skin
- coarse hair on the body, and several reports said it has a chameleon-like appearance, with the ability to change from purple to brown to yellow
- black eyes, or glowing orange or red eyes
- a wolf-like or canine nose
- sharp fangs
- short forearms with three-fingered claw-like “hands”
- a row of fins, spikes or quills running down the length of its back
- stands on two powerful-looking hind legs and clawed feet
- often hops on the ground, like a kangaroo, rather than walks (at least one witness claimed it could leap as far as 20 feet in one bound)
- some reported bat-like wings that enable the chupacabras to fly
- it makes a hissing noise that often makes witnesses nauseous
Josh Turner is a Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife said he gets quite a few calls from people saying they have seen a Chupacabra but he said as far as he knows they do not exist.
“They’re a mythical creature um that most people see but what it really is sarcoptic mange which is caused by a mite that bites the animal and it can be on any mammal dogs ,cats, coyotes, foxes, and humans can get another version of it as well” said Turner.
Animal experts attribute the spike in sightings to people deliberately breeding canines like coyotes and wolves with domesticated dogs and letting them loose so they can turn around and report them as Chupacabras.