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Texas chupacabra: Legendary blood-sucking ‘vampire’ chupacabra caught in Texas?

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A Texas chupacabra, known as a legendary animal that roams the countryside in search for blood, has been caught by a family in Ratcliffe, Texas. Residents of Ratcliffe are convinced that the baby chupacabra is the mythical "vampire" animal that sucks the blood from livestock such as chickens or goats, reports WTSP on April 4.

Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish and according to legend, the animal is rumored to roam across the Americas from as far north as Maine to as far south as Chile. Some sightings of the legendary creature have also been reported in Puerto Rico, Russia, the Philippines, and in Mexico.

On Sunday night, Ratcliffe resident Jackie Stock was called by her husband after he had caught the creature sitting in a tree on their property. "He called me to come and look and I said, 'Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra'," Stock said. Because of its hairless back, large claws, countless teeth, and ferocious growl, Stock’s husband and many Ratcliffe residents agree that this is the legendary animal. One neighbor who has hunted raccoons for the past 20 years says that “coon don't make that noise, or a possum, what makes that noise, I guess a chupacabra does.”

The Texas chupacabra is being held by the Ratcliffe family in a cage and -- instead of blood -- is living off a diet of cat food and corn until someone can determine what kind of creature it really is. For now, Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Brent Ortego believes that the animal “is some form of a small canine” like a coyote, dog, or even a fox that has likely lost its hair due to mange.

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