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Chupacabra sightings: Three beasts seen in two weeks in Texas

An artist's rendering of the mythic cryptid chupacabra, a beast said to attack animals and suck the blood from their bodies.
An artist's rendering of the mythic cryptid chupacabra, a beast said to attack animals and suck the blood from their bodies.
Alvin Padayachee, Creative Commons

The strange dog-like mystery beast known as the chupacabra seems to be making its presence known just a bit more these days. In the last two weeks, there have been three chupacabra sightings in the state of Texas.

The New York Daily News reported Feb. 4 that the backyards of citizens of Texas have become the playground of the dreaded "goat-sucker," the chupacabra, a legendary beast known to attack and kill livestock, gorging itself on the blood of the animals it kills. But whereas the elusive cryptid usually haunts -- as sightings attest -- out-of-the-way areas and ranches where it can feed, the latest sighting was in a Houston neighborhood.

A Houston man named Scott Black, according to KPRC, says he has photos of the mythical beast. He says the pictures of the hybrid animal were taken when the cryptid ran through his back yard.

The cryptid, as described by Black: "Big long pointy ears, long tail, had no skin, or no fur rather. But on its skin you could see splotches of grey."

To date, there has been no substantive proof that the creature known as the chupacabra actually exists. Tales of the chupacabra began appearing in Puerto Rico two decades ago and have since become common in the mainland United States as well, mostly due to sightings in the South.

The Houston sighting, KPRC reported, was the third in an 11-day span.

One man, Claude Griffin, believes he has solved the chupacabra mystery. He thinks he knows what the beast is.

According to Griffin, the growing number of chupacabra sightings can be attributed to an increasing number of inbred animals. Griffin, who owns Gotcha Pest Control in Houston, says that continuous inbreeding of dogs and coyotes and/or wolves has produced the hybrid cryptid that people are seeing invade their back yards.

Griffin also believes people are doing it deliberately in order to set the inbred animals free and claim that they've sighted a chupacabra.

Griffin's claims may not be too far off base, either. A 2008 DNA analysis on an alleged chupacabra specimen was conducted by History Channel's "MonsterQuest." They found that the DNA had a mix of chromosomes shared by coyotes and wolves of Mexico and Texas.

Still, most chupacabra sightings are written off or explained less exotically. They are found to be starving canines, coyotes, and/or wolves. Some with mange. Some with a disorder or condition that renders the animals hairless. Regardless, the animals are hardly cryptids, their mysteriousness stripped away via simple analysis.

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