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Did Columbus encounter the Chupacabra?

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Columbus wrote in his journal encountering hairless dogs. Could it possibly be the Chupacabra? :su

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Columbus wrote in his journal encountering hairless dogs. Could it possibly be the Chupacabra? :su

...that or the actual hairless dogs of the New World.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Hairless_Dog

...or just some dogs with a bad case of mange.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mange

...but why go for the reasonable explanation when you can tie in something else with absolutely no evidence to back it up?

--Jaylemurph

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Welcome to the forums.

The original chupacabra was described by a woman after seeing the movie Species. There are no mentions of a blood sucking chupacabra before this movie came out in 1995.

These days any canine infected with scabies seems to be called a chupacabra. So were there scabies (mange) infected dogs in the new world? Sure. Probably.

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Welcome to the forums...now provide supporting documentary evidence for us to argue over.

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After he discovered Peyote.

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Columbus also thought he had found India.... Not the most reliable of sources.

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meh

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Columbus wrote in his journal encountering hairless dogs. Could it possibly be the Chupacabra? :su

no.
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Columbus wrote in his journal encountering hairless dogs. Could it possibly be the Chupacabra? :su

There have been a load of strange canid sightings in tha Americas, going from as far back in history, pre-Columbus era to present. Most of these unusual mysterious dogs are furry and not hairless.

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sure did, it sank the Santa Maria and he had to swim back to Spain...

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Welcome to the forums.

The original chupacabra was described by a woman after seeing the movie Species. There are no mentions of a blood sucking chupacabra before this movie came out in 1995.

These days any canine infected with scabies seems to be called a chupacabra. So were there scabies (mange) infected dogs in the new world? Sure. Probably.

Right on the money! There are no references to Chupacabra prior to this single report in 1995 from a woman who HAD watched the film "Species" and made her report afterwards. Chupacabra: an invented cryptid of only 20 years provenance based on a film. Nothing more than that. No animals "bled dry", nothing, nada, zip.

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Come on,it's not polite to talk about someones mother-in-law like that.

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Columbus wrote in his journal encountering hairless dogs. Could it possibly be the Chupacabra? :su

Chupacabra? Nah.

But I believe he did encounter the Jersey Devil and Bigfoot, out together for a night on the town.

There have been a load of strange canid sightings in tha Americas, going from as far back in history, pre-Columbus era to present. Most of these unusual mysterious dogs are furry and not hairless.

Any of them rose red?

Harte

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He also encountered mermaids, UFO's and Santa.. :lol:

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That's all true except the Santa part, believe it or not,.

Harte

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1975 was the first report

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1975 was the first report

Why don't you provide us with /anything/ to back up your claim?

--Jaylemurph

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That's all true except the Santa part, believe it or not,.

Harte

I beg to differ Harte.

He did certainly see Santa !

Santa Maria that is :tu:

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Didn't Columbus also report there were tribes of dog headed cannibals living in the Caribbean?

I have to agree that the modern Chupacabra is only a couple decades old.

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Didn't Columbus also report there were tribes of dog headed cannibals living in the Caribbean?

I have to agree that the modern Chupacabra is only a couple decades old.

Cynocephalies -- dog-headed folk -- were a pretty common claim in Places Unknown throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Earlier on, they were thought to live in the south of Africa and the Far East. The idea was that further from the middle of the world, which was Jerusalem, god's creations got less perfectly formed, and so you got also sorts of monsters at the edges of the world. It was the sort of thing Columbus would have been culturally primed to expect in India (where he thought he was), so I'm sure he thought there were some knocking around close, even if he didn't see them.

--Jaylemurph

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If I remember well, cynocephalies were said to be the ones who harvested cinnamon. So by saying he saw them, Columbus was saying "we are about to find the spices we were looking for, please, finance the next trip" :whistle:

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Or more plausibly the Xolo an ancient mange free hairless dog popular with the Aztecs, especially when in a nice chili.

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Cool pretty interesting!

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If Columbus encountered a Chupa he wouldn't have survived to tell the tale. Hairless dogs, not a problem. Chupas, MAJOR problem. Though it appears that the whole Chupa thing may be based on somebody seeing the movie Species. She said that she saw the alien on the street at the time when the movie was out so she probably just saw a fan in a costume. Then it spiraled out of control and people started seeing Chupas everywhere, at least in Puerto Rico.

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