Footage claiming to originate out of southeast Asia shows an inexplicable attack on a livestock goat at night by what appears to be a creature made of shadows. At first glance it seems like perhaps the goat got tangled in a twisted black net but then the camera angle changes and from the front it seems as if a black creature is clinging to the front of the goat while two men with sticks try to get it off.
The footage is far too blurry to identify whatever is on the goat, but from the front it has a glossy black appearance that could make one think it might be a bat, however vampire bats are much smaller and a light shade of brown. This creature is black with patches of pink skin visible as the person wielding the camera tries to get a view without getting in the way of the stick-wielders. As the men with sticks try to detach the thing, it seems to slip off and slither away as an inky black shadow on the ground that is connected to nothing.
Could this be an example of the ever elusive chupacabra? The creature is noted for being difficult to capture on camera with only the remains of its livestock victims being evidence of its presence, and being made of shadows would explain the difficulty in seeing or capturing it. It also appears to be trying to dine on its namesake, as chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish. These creatures were born of legend from Spanish speaking areas such as Puerto Rico and Mexico, which is inconsistent with the video’s claim of being out of Asia.
There are other bats that could match what we are seeing in this video, such as the spectral bat which is the largest carnivorous bat, however it has never been documented going after prey as large as a goat and instead eats birds, rodents, and other bats. These cannibalistic bats have a wingspan between two and three feet which would account for the size of the creature on the front of the goat, and it could be a net trailing behind - perhaps a net to catch bats. Again, these bats have never been known to attack anything so large as livestock which makes it even more unlikely that any of the other bat species could be responsible as they eat an entirely fruit diet.