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Mystery of the Chupacabra SOLVED!

Came across a hilarious, and thought-provoking, article on Yahoo!News: Residents report sightings of “El Chupacabra”.

Apparently an odd creature has not only been spotted but FILMED (and for once SUPER clearly!) roaming a neighborhood in Picayune, Mississippi.

As one resident so poetically (and hilariously) described it: “If a zombie had a dog, it would look like that.”

Oh my.

Admittedly, after seeing the footage of the “creature,” it does sort of look like a zombie dog I saw for sale on

Zombie DogBut what really stood out to me was what Master Sergeant David Burnette of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said, “The way they described it to me, it’s a coyote really bad awful with mange.”

For me, that’s it. Mystery of the Chupacabra solved. Not just this “chupacabra” in Mississippi either, but any of them.

It’s all just been a case of mis-identification. Most likely what people have really seen is some kind of scroungy coyote.

“But what about the blood sucking part of it, Courtney? How do you explain that?”

The Chupacabra legend is a contemporary one. Depending which source you rely on, the first Chupacabra report came from Puerto Rico in 1995. (I also remember hearing it started in the 1970s in Mexico, but most sources cite its origins as coming from Puerto Rico.)

Eight sheep were discovered dead with three puncture wounds in each chest. Allegedly all had been bled dry, but they technically weren’t.

I’m thinking the blood-sucking part could be a few things:

  • In some cases the puncture wounds have been in the neck. Biologists consulted on Chupacabra cases have said that such punctures are consistent with canine canines. If a coyote wasn’t strong or healthy enough to complete the kill, he could do enough damage to where his prey survived long enough to get away but eventually bled to death. (The only thing troubling about this theory explaining some of the attacks was there then should be a trail of blood, but none has ever been reported.)
  • Hoax. People wanting to perpetuate the Chupacabra myth make the kills.

For me, I’ve never been a believer in the Chupacabra. (Whereas I do believe in the possibility of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Although, even those I believe have less supernatural and more natural origin explanations. I believe Bigfoot is either a hybrid or some sort of great ape and Nessie is some kind of dinosaur that managed to survive or hibernate or somehow be resurrected. Only nature might ever know the answer to that, though.)

But this latest Chupacabra sighting just reinforces my belief it doesn’t exist and is really just a canine with bad skin.


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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2 thoughts on “Mystery of the Chupacabra SOLVED!

  1. Very interesting. I know it’s hard to trust Wikipedia, but I read on there (which I believe they referenced from somewhere else) about this original description and sighting. It’s believed the movie “Species” had a lot to do with it, as it resembles something from that? (I might be mis-interpreting or getting the movie wrong but it had something to do with being suspiciously close to a movie-creature from a movie out at that time…)

    Still, it is very curious how descriptions can be so different. So maybe there is a blood sucking creature that is separate from the dog-like one also often described at certain scenes. Hmmm…something new you gave me to think about.

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