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In a nutshell: Chupacabra is the name given to a mythical animal that sucks the blood out of goats and other animals.

The chupacabra (Spanish= "goat sucker") is an animal said to be unknown to science that kills livestock in places like Puerto Rico, Miami, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico. The creature's name began when someone found some dead goats in Puerto Rico with little holes in their necks. The goats looked like something had drained out their blood.

According to Ben Radford, who studies paranormal and other weird things, the chupacabra looks like the creature in the 1995 movie Species. The first story about the chupacabra was told by Madelyne Tolentino in a Puerto Rican newspaper. Radford talked to Tolentino and asked her if she had seen the movie Species. The creature she saw looked like the alien/human hybrid creature in the movie. She had seen the movie shortly before telling people what the creature looked like. The two images below show how much the Species creature and the chupacabra look alike..

two chupacabras?

The creature on the left is from Species. The one the right is a drawing based on Tolentino's description of what she saw.

animal with mangeLately, many people call any mangy animal they find a chupacabra. There has been an increase in mange, a disease that causes animals to lose their hair or fur, probably because of climate change. Anyway, these animals thought to be chupacabras are coyotes, dogs, raccoons, and other animals that are diseased. They're not monsters. They're just unfortunate animals.

Last updated 23-Aug-2011

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