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El Chupacabra: The Goat Sucker
The legend of El Chupacabra tells of a terrifying predator that invades in the night. Stealthy, calculating, and vicious, it matches the description of no known animal that has ever walked this Earth, and theories abound as to where it came from, and what it wants.
Its name means “goat sucker”, and it is said to attack defenseless creatures under the cover of darkness and gorge on the blood of its victims. Like an undead vampire or the most feared of horror-movie villains, the Chupacabra is a beast that strikes the right nerve when it comes to pure terror. Few people have seen it in person, but those who have tell bone-chilling tales.
Some say the Chupacabra is some kind of demon. Others think the beast is a government experiment gone wrong, now let loose on a world unable to stop it. Some say it is a creature from another planet, perhaps unleashed on the Earth by aliens with a bad sense of humor. Others think it is an unknown species yet to be discovered, only now beginning to reveal itself to the world at large.
And, of course, there are those who believe the chupacabra doesn’t exist at all, that it is simply a combination of folklore and the misidentification of natural animals and events.
What is the truth behind this shadowy creature, and why has it so frustrated cryptozoologists who are trying to better understand it? In this article, you'll learn more about the horrifying goat sucker, and you can decide for yourself if you believe the Chupacabra is fact, fiction, or somewhere in between.
Origins of the Legend
While there may be even earlier accounts, the modern Chupacabra legend began in Puerto Rico back in 1995 when farmers started to see their livestock dying in mysterious ways. They would retire for the evening and wake up the next morning with several animals dead, apparently drained of blood but not consumed.
Sheep, goats, chickens, and other animals were killed for apparently no reason, and except for a pair of puncture wounds and the lack of blood, there was little evidence. It appeared, like a massive vampire bat, some unknown predator had come and gone in the night.
Witnesses came forward and claimed to have spotted a strange creature lurking in the darkness. Short and bipedal, with reptilian skin, sharp claws, nasty fangs, glowing eyes, and spikes down the middle of its back, this mysterious beast came to be known as El Chupacabra.
While attacks did not occur on humans, it is easy to see how a monster such as this would drive anyone who encountered it to the brink of terror. This was not a normal creature. This was something seemingly not of this world.
The phenomenon began to spread, first around Puerto Rico and then to other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. Something was preying on animals in strange and frightening ways, and it seemed to be able to move quickly from place to place.
What was it, where did it come from, and would it begin to attack humans eventually?
A Secret Government Project and Cover-Up
Theories began to fly, one prevalent idea being that the Chupacabra was a product of genetic experimentation by the U.S. government. The animal’s strange appearance and bizarre food choices do not occur in nature, and it seemed implausible that it could have evolved from any known animal, aside from perhaps a vampire bat.
The idea that it could have been manufactured in a lab explained a lot in the minds of many. Some believed the United States may be operating a secret facility deep in the forests of Puerto Rico, and that the Chupacabra phenomenon was the result of one or more of their projects gone bad.
What would be the point of creating such a creature? Two ideas come to mind:
- It could have been a mistake. Perhaps the Chupacabra is an experiment in genetic engineering gone wrong that somehow got loose. One could only imagine what they were trying to create, or what they had started out with.
- It could be a weapon. Perhaps the government intended to unleash a horde of Chupacabras into enemy countries in order to destroy their food supplies, or perhaps just to rattle their nerves. Maybe there are thousands of Chupacabras hidden somewhere for this purpose. Or, most chillingly, perhaps they are meant to prey on humans and win a war without putting soldiers in harm’s way.
The most cynical of the conspiracy theorists believe the Chupacabra may have been released on purpose in order to test its effectiveness. Hopefully, this is not the case, as it would have been a tremendous gamble to ensure the beast would only carry out its intended mission without harming any humans.
Is El Chupacabre An Alien?
Other theories point to alien involvement. Indeed, UFO and unidentified flying humanoid sightings on the island of Puerto Rico are quite frequent and have been for decades.
Ignoring the question marks that pop into our heads when we consider why the same people who often see UFOs might be prone to spot el chupacabra too, let’s examine a few ideas.
- Could the chupacabra be an alien pet, either escaped or left here intentionally? With its reputation for mauling livestock, it’s hard to believe that the chupacabra could also be capable of creating and operating faster-than-light vehicles. This beast seems more like a doer than a thinker. And would it travel all this way to Earth just for a meal? More likely it’s a pet than the alien mastermind.
- Might it be some creature brought by the aliens for purposes we don’t really understand? The connection between UFO sightings, crop circles, and exsanguinated or surgically mutilated livestock goes way back. Could the chupacabra be a type of alien, or a subordinate alien species, used specifically for this purpose?
- Perhaps a few had been accidentally left behind, or maybe they have been left here on purpose. It’s hard to imagine what the point of this would be, but then again aliens aren’t real big on explaining their actions to us Earthlings.
Chupacabra in the United States
Locals were terrified. Authorities were stumped. Farmers were frustrated. Goats and sheep slept with the lights on. Some unstoppable thing was coming in the night and devastating livestock, something evil and otherworldly, unlike any creature that should exist on this earth.
Then things got really strange.
In the early 2000s reports began to surface of livestock attacks in the southern United States similar to those occurring in Latin America. Again, the animals were exsanguinated but not consumed. It appeared that the chupacabra had found its way to the United States. But there was an interesting twist to this Americanized import.
Like in Puerto Rico, here too there were sightings. But this time reports were not of some strange alien-looking creature, but of a monster much more terrestrial. The American chupacabra ran on four legs, and had leathery skin, a protruding snout, and sharp fangs. It looked, for all intents and purposes, like a very strange dog.
At this point, researchers and cryptozoologists were forced to sit back and think for a moment. What were the odds that there would be two different creatures committing the same bizarre attacks on livestock? Could there be two chupacabras? Was the creature in Puerto Rico misidentified? What exactly was going on here?
Answers did not come easily, but it was clear that more information was needed on this new American monster.
Is the Chupacabra Just a Coyote?
One of the most popular theories put out there to explain the American chupacabras is that they are cases of diseased canines, probably coyotes.
For instance, a wild dog severely affected by mange might look very strange. It could be nearly hairless, and would likely exhibit other psychical abnormalities that would make it hard to identify. It may attack livestock if it was unable to hunt, and captive chickens make easy prey.
This was the conclusion on the Elmendorf Beast, a creature that terrorized livestock in Elmendorf, Texas until it was eventually shot and killed by a local rancher. While experts at first struggled to identify the animal by sight and physical examination alone, DNA analysis eventually confirmed it as a member of the canine family.
A string of sightings has occurred in the U.S., mostly in Texas but also in states like Maine and Kentucky. In each case, witnesses spot the same four-legged, fanged creature they believe is responsible for attacks on local livestock. In each case, authorities identify it as some type of diseased canid.
It makes sense, and for some, this solves the case, for others not so fast. Yes, the creature may be a canine, but that doesn’t mean it’s a canine we’re familiar with. A dog or coyote would consume the meat of what it killed, not just the blood. Something else is going on here. For many, the American chupacabra legend is still a mystery.
Judge for yourself: In 2008 a country deputy in Texas captured this video of the chupacabra from his dashcam:
Did the Texas Police Dash-cam Capture El Chupacabra?
Is El Chupacabra Real?
The creature has been spotted in Puerto Rico, Central America, Mexico, South America, the United States, and even as far away as Russia and the Philippines. In each case, the chupacabra has stuck to the same standard operating procedure and terrorized locals by destroying livestock. But we seem to have two different creatures at work here.
One can only be explained by the most fantastic theories: a genetic experiment unleashed by the government or escaped from some top-secret lab. Or, a creature left behind by aliens for reasons that can be known only by them.
The other is equally bizarre, but more biologically plausible, leading some experts to declare it a case of mistaken identity. This isn’t as logical to some as it might appear on the surface, and there are those who believe there is a different kind of monster loose in North America.
Will we ever fully understand the mystery behind these chupacabra sightings? Maybe someday. As has happened many times through the journey of human history, perhaps our curiosity will one day lead us to an amazing discovery and the chupacabra will be revealed.
If that day comes, let’s hope this monster is friendlier than it seems!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
RSF on February 19, 2020:
Of course it's real, but NOT in Texas..PR. Texas was designed to pull the truth away from PM.
Ralph S. Hutchinson on March 03, 2019:
In my life I have made great study and observations of a many number of mystery creatures with which most individuals find difficult to accept as "existing".
I have been studying Shapeshifter creatures aka dogman style of critter.
I conclude that these creatures have evolved here long before man existed.
My encounters and observations indicate a very high intelligent species which also utilize weapons they construct. The creatures have similar triats with some of the chuppacabras as example they are three toe creatures and have a long forked tongue. The old timer's who would make maple syrup in New England would see them sucking maple sap from buckets hung on maple trees, they would call them ..."Sap Suckers!"
I have seen this myself as well and the long forked tounge was twisted to make a pulsating pump if you can picture it.
Jamilyn on December 04, 2018:
I belive its real my friend saw one right out side his house in Neb. i have another friend that dosent think there really she said it was an old story to scare kids a night so they wouldn't go out a night but thats not true. Other people have seen it its real. I think the Goverment could of made and it went wrong i it got away or the let it loose it very unlikley that aliens dropped it off here. i'm safe where i live its to cold for those hair less things.
alexander on February 27, 2018:
the chupacabra and the Nessie are real
Monty on February 05, 2018:
The chupacabra legend started in 1975. Lab experiment gone wrong was the rumor at the time genetical human genetics
debbie on August 01, 2017:
it is real... I have seen him twice walking my dog late at nite
Pepper Jack Moviez on April 28, 2015:
By the way, I think it would be really cool if u made an article about the panama monster
cryptid (author) from USA on April 01, 2015:
Thanks Pepper Jack!
Pepper jack Moviez on March 31, 2015:
Dude, I think it's cool what u do, I believe in all those creatures
cryptid (author) from USA on September 15, 2014:
Yup. Lots of people. But others say when it turns its head the jaws give it away as something different. You be the judge. :-)
John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on September 14, 2014:
Did anyone think that thing looked like a Farrell dog?
cryptid (author) from USA on August 05, 2013:
That's a wild story, jdw7979! Illinois is a bit far north for El Chupacabra, but you never know. I think you're probably more on the mark with your guess that it was some kind of diseased canine. Cool story in any event, and thanks for sharing!
John David from Middle America on August 05, 2013:
I was driving home from work one late night and witnessed a greyish and hairless animal, looking almost K9 in appearance dart across the highway in front of me. It was thin with an amplified tall back, almost a hunch. Long extended snout too, and very quick.
Now, I do not know if this was a diseased coyote or what. I do live in Illinois. It seemed too big to be a coyote, in fact I believe it probably was too big. We do not have wolves in this state. Could it have been a family's pet with disease? Possibly, I guess..
Either way it was strange and nothing like I had ever seen in my 34 years. It was a bit spooky as it caught me off guard and was on an isolated part of the highway in the middle of the night. The animal seemed focused and never turned its head from forward. Weird incident!
Gwendolyne Black from Erwin, TN on August 05, 2013:
cryptid (author) from USA on October 23, 2012:
Thanks everythingdazzles! Glad you liked it.
Janelle from Houston on October 23, 2012:
My friend and I are very into ghosts, witches, mythological creatures etc. Lots of interesting information. Voted up.