Creatures, Myths & Legends
Chupacabra explained by evolution ?
By T.K. Randall
October 31, 2010 · 13 comments
Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson
Scientists may have solved the mystery of the goat-sucking chupacabra through evolution.
Most recent chupacabra sightings have turned out to be coyotes with mange, scientists have contested that the condition may result in those animals attacking livestock in a way that has been up until now attributed to the legendary creature.
Since chupacabras are likely mangy coyotes, this explains why the creatures are often reported attacking livestock. "Animals with mange are often quite debilitated," OConnor said. "And if they're having a hard time catching their normal prey, they might choose livestock, because it's easier. "
Source: National Geographic
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