A family in South Texas is claiming to have captured the legendary 'El Chupacabra.' According to a report on Thursday, April 3, 2014, on KABC-TV in Los Angeles, the chupacabra was caught in the back woods near the small town of Radcliffe in Texas.
Jackie Stock told KABC that her husband Arlen Parma told her to see what he had caught, and she said, 'Bubba, that looks like a baby chupacabra.' Mr. Parma told reporters that this animal had a growl that is unlike a racoon:
I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain't never seen nothing looks like that right there. A coon don't make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does, I don't know."
There is no proof that the mythical creature exists, and legend has it that 'El Chupacabra' (The Blood Sucker is the literal translation from Spanish) kills goats and cows by sucking their blood. The animal is a legend which has spread through Latin America, eventually making its way to the United States before gaining worldwide attention. The Animal Planet has posted a collaboration of its description:
A gray, lizard-like creature about 3 to 4 feet tall that walks upright on its muscular hind legs, similar to an archetypical alien...large eyes, fangs and a forked tongue...'
Many residents from South Texas believe in the legend, and they believe that Parma has caught a live chupacabra. However, KABC heard from Brent Ortego, a Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist specializing in wildlife diversity. He has a more logical explanation for the creature in captivity, saying that 'the animal in the cage as best I can tell from the view was some sort of a small canine.' Ortega feels the animal could be a fox, dog, or coyote with mange, a skin disease that would explain its loss of hair.