The legend of chupacabra began approximately
in 1987, when Puerto Rican newspapers El Vocero and El Nuevo
Dia began reporting the killings of many different types of
animals, such as birds, horses, and, as its name implies, goats.
However, it is predated by El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire
of Moca), a creature blamed for similar killings that occurred
in the large town of Moca in the 1970s. While at first it was
suspected that the killings were done randomly by some members
of a Satanic cult, eventually these killings spread around
the island, and many farms reported loss of animal life. The
killings had one pattern in common: Each of the animals found
dead had two punctured holes around its neck.
Cryptozoologists believe that descriptions
of the different Chupacabra may in fact be attributable to
several different breeds. Although they have various differences
in appearance, Chupacabra also have several common traits.
They are all typically described as being three feet (1 m)
or taller, and roughly humanoid in shape.
The most common breed of Chupacabra is described as a lizard-like
being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray
skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. This
form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high,
and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In
at least one sighting, the creature hopped 20 feet (6 m).
This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and
face, a forked tongue protruding from it, large fangs, and
to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave a sulfuric
stench behind. When it screeches, some reports note that
the chupacabra's eyes glow an unusual red, then give the
Another breed of Chupacabra, although not as common, is described
as a strange breed of wild dog. This form is mostly hairless,
has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets,
fangs, and claws. It is claimed that this breed might be an
example of a dog-like reptile. The account during the year
2001 in Nicaragua of a chupacabra's corpse being found supports
this conclusion. The corpse of the animal was found in Tolapa,
Nicaragua, and forensically analyzed at UNAN-Leon. Pathologists
at the University found that it was an unusual-looking dog-like
creature of unknown species.
In July 2004, a rancher near San Antonio, Texas, killed a hairless,
dog-like creature which was attacking his livestock. This
creature is now known as the Elmendorf Creature. It was later
determined to be an unknown canine of some sort, similar
to a coyote with demodectic mange. In October 2004, two animals
which closely resemble the Elmendorf Creature were observed
in the same area. The first was dead, and a local zoologist
who was called to identify the animal noticed the second
while she was travelling to the location where the first
was found. Specimens of the dead animal were studied by biologists
in Texas, who found that the creatures were some sort of
canines of an undetermined species.
In Coleman, Texas, a farmer named Reggie
Lagow caught an unknown animal in a trap he set up after
the deaths of a number of his chickens and turkeys. The animal
appeared to be a mix between a hairless dog, a rat and a
kangaroo. The mystery animal was reported to Texas Parks
and Wildlife in hopes of determining what it was, but Lagow
said in a September 17th, 2006, phone interview with John
Adolfi, founder of the Lost World Museum, that the "critter
was caught on a Tuesday and thrown out in Thursday's trash."
In April of 2006, MosNews reported that the
chupacabra was spotted in Russia for the first time. Reports
from Central Russia beginning in March 2005 tell of a beast
that kills animals and sucks out their blood. Thirty-two turkeys
were killed and drained overnight. Reports later came from
neighboring villages when 30 sheep were killed and had their
blood drained. Finally eyewitnesses were able to describe the
chupacabra. In May of 2006, experts were determined to track
the animal down.
In mid-August 2006 Michelle O'Donnell
of Turner, Maine, described an "evil looking" dog-like
creature with fangs that had been found dead alongside a
road. The mystery beast was apparently struck by a car, and
was otherwise unidentifiable. Photographs were taken and
several witness reports seem to be in relative agreement
that the creature was canine in appearance, but unlike any
dog or wolf in the area. The carcass was picked clean by
vultures before experts could examine it. For years, residents
of Maine have reported a mysterious creature and a string
of dog maulings.
On September 2006, the Lost World Museum acquired the remains
of what may be a Chupacabra. Spotted, hunted and killed in
late August 2006, 15 year old Geordie Decker and 16 year old
Josh Underwood of Berkshire, New York handed over the bones
of a small fox like beast that hopped, had yellow eyes and
an orange strip of hair going down its almost bald gray back,
to Museum owner John Adolfi. Its bones are currently on display
on the Lost World Museum's web site while further examination
and investigation continues.
In December 2006, a local farmer in
Peru claimed to have seen a creature fitting a particular
description attacking a wild boar on his farm. The man, who
referred to the creature as "Zahir," later
told the authorities that he feared for his life when he saw
the creature devour the boar within minutes. The creature then
ran faster than any animal the farmer has ever seen. Shocked
at the sight of the creature, the farmer stated that he is
haunted by the evil in the Zahir's eyes.
The most recent, undocumented sighting of the Chupacabra was
in Hawaii on the island of Maui. Witnesses who apparently saw
the beast outside of the Kuia Leia Airport, described the creature
as half dog half human.