El Chupacabra is also known as ''the goat sucker''. Its name is derived from the Spanish verb Chupar which means ''to suck'' and the Spanish word for goat ''Cabra''. I've included an information page for El Chupacabra here because of his vampirelike feeding habits of draining the blood from his victims, with no signs of struggle, and leaving only small puncture wounds as evidence that he was there.

Incidentally, there is a similar creature that haunts New Orleans, and the surrounding area, known as the Grunch, sometimes called the Black Grunch. Legend has it that the Grunch dates back to the days of New Orlean's early settlement and that its name ''Grunch'' comes from the name of a road. Many of the stories of blood drained livestock having occurred on Grunch Road.

While the Chupacabra has been known in North and South America for more than 50 years now (since the early 1950s) it did not become widely known until the 1990s. The first official report of the Chupacabra, in 1994, came from Puerto Rico. The Chupacabra has reportedly been sighted in Columbia, Chile, Mexico, the U.S. (reports from most states) and attacks on livestock that follow the same pattern have occurred in the U.K., Spain, Ireland and Russia. So far there appear to have been no fatal attacks on humans.

Preceding El Chupacabra was another Puerto Rican creature called the Moca Vampire or El Vampiro de Moca. This creature first appeared during the Puerto Rican UFO flap of 1975. Sightings of the Moca Vampire and the evidence of its feedings are very similar to those of El Chupacabra. During and after the UFO sightings large numbers of livestock and small animals were found killed and totally drained of blood with only small puncture wounds on the animals. There were no apparent signs of struggle.

Twenty years later, in 1995, when the livestock deaths began again the creature was named El Chupacabra. So far it is estimated that over 2000 animals, including household pets, have fallen victim to the Chupacabra.

Long before both El Chupacabra and the Moca Vampire, some South American rain forest natives believed in a creature they called the ''mosquito-man''. Like a giant mosquito, the mosquito-man uses his long nose to suck the blood from animals. Some claim the mosquito-man, the Moca Vampire and El Chupacabra are the same creature.

Eyewitness accounts vary, but mainly the creature is described as standing 3 to 4 feet tall, hairless or with sparse hair, shorter forelegs with three-fingered clawed forepaws, heavily muscled hind legs with clawed hind paws. It has a row of sharp spines or quills down its back and appears to have a leathery or scaly grayish or greenish hide. Its eyes are most often described as red and as large elongated ovals. (the shape resembling the eyes of the ''Gray Aliens'') Reportedly it has a wolf-like snout with 4 long fangs, two on top jaw and two on the bottom, and a long snake-like tongue. It bounds or hops like a kangaroo, in up to 20 foot leaps. Most reports claim that it can change color from black or dark brown at night to green, greenish gray, to light brown during the day, depending on its surroundings. It has an odor like sulfur. It makes a hissing noise that often makes witnesses nauseous, dizzy or causes headaches. Some witnesses report the creature has wings and can fly.

There are other versions of what El Chupacabra looks like ...

~ A lizard-like creature that also hops, has spines down its back, this version has a proboscis that extends from its mouth and a forked tongue.

~ Another similar to the first, but with coarse thick fur, a dog-like head and a mouthful of big teeth.

~ Another appears to be an unusual type of wild hairless dog but with a spinal ridge, very large eyes, teeth and claws.

Some claim it is a reptilian creature presumed to have been extinct.
The photographer claims this is a Chupacabra in a tree.
Another artist's rendition of what El Chupacabra looks like. This one has a much more vampire bat-like appearance.

The Russian Report
From March 2005 in a farming area around Orenburg, in central Russia.

Two farmers lost a total of 32 turkeys in one night. The birds had been completely drained of blood. No one had seen or heard anything.

Sheep in three other villages were killed. During one night 3 sheep were killed. In the area up to 30 cattle were killed.

Apparently the creature was intelligent enough and had sufficient manual dexterity to open barn doors that were barred closed.

Witnesses stated that it looked somewhat like a huge black dog but stood on its hind legs and hopped like a kangaroo. In one instance easily leaping over a fence.

One witness reported seeing a pair of the creatures with ''puppies'' (their young) with them.

A hoaxed photo of a Chupacabra that turned out to be a picture of a statue in a museum.
So, What are they and where did they come from?

There are a number of theories

1. It is an unidentified animal as yet undiscovered.

2. It is an unidentified animal thought to have been extinct.

3. It is an alien species from a different planet.
One theory suggests Chupacabras were pets of visiting extraterrestrials that escaped or got lost. I suppose similar to the way horses escaped from the Spaniards when they landed in North America. Where the escaped horses thrived and spread across the continent. Some theorists also suggest that NASA is in some way involved in Chupacabra being here.

4. It is a Government experiment gone wrong.
According to the earliest stories the livestock killings began shortly after hurricane Hugo. The Chupacabras, the rumors said, were genetic experiments that escaped from a secret U.S. laboratory, in El Yunque, that was damaged by the storm allowing the Chupacabras to escape.


Other artists' visions of El Chupacabra


A report in Chile's EFE News Service by Marcial Campos Maza and in the UFO Round up by Joseph Trainor in the U.S.

The report states that three creatures were captured alive near the entrance of a mine north of the desert town of Calama. During the capture one Chilean soldier was reportedly killed. The creatures were held for several hours, in a barracks, by the army until a team from NASA arrived from the U.S. and took the creatures away in a helicopter.


A Texas Chupacabra Story

There has been a story in the news, and on the internet, about Phylis Canion, a rancher from Cuero, in South Texas, who has the head of an animal in her freezer that she says had been lurking around her ranch for years.

She said it first snatched cats, then chickens right through a wire cage. ''It opened it reached in pulled the chicken head out, sucked all the blood out, left the chicken in the cage.''

Canion says two dozen chickens were sucked dry. The meat, she says, was left on the bone.

Neighbors speculate the blue-colored animal that was doing all that damage was a chupacabra.

Canion says not one, but three chupacabras were spotted outside the town. All of them, she says, were blue-skinned, had no hair and had strange teeth.

Tissue samples of this animal were sent to a DNA testing lab and the results that came back stated that it was a coyote and that its hairless condition was due to an advanced case of mange.

~ An interesting story but I have question. If it WAS a coyote, how did it OPEN the chicken cage? I know what a coyote looks like, it has paws like a dog. Not much manual dexterity there. A coyote might break open a cage or tear a hole in the cage, but Canion said it OPENED the cage. It's a shame she didn't keep the whole animal, instead of just the head. I'd like to see what the paws looked like.

Conspiracy theorists, I'm sure, would say the DNA results were ''fixed'' especially if the Government Experiment theory is correct.

Photo of the Chupacabra's, er, I mean, coyote's naked frozen head.

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