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Texas family capture alleged 'chupacabra'

By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2014 · Comment icon 90 comments

The creature was kept in a cage outside. Image Credit: YouTube / WMUR
Jackie Stock and her husband Arlen Parma caught a strange hairless animal at their home in Ratcliffe.
The couple encountered the creature, a dark skinned hairless dog-like animal, after Parma spotted it outside on their property in Texas. "He called me to come and look, and I said 'Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,'" said Stock.

Local news agencies were quick to pick up on the story with headlines suggesting that the enigmatic critter was in fact the legendary chupacabra, a carnivorous quadruped said to be responsible for a spate of farm animal deaths over the last few decades.
This isn't the first case of its kind either - there have been several reports of both dead and captured chupacabra over the years. Most of these however have turned out to be more mundane animals suffering from mange, a condition that sees their fur falling out resulting in an unusual appearance.

It is thought that the creature in this case, far from being the goat-sucking predator, could in fact be little more than a hairless raccoon or possum suffering from the condition.



Source: New York Daily News | Comments (90)




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Comment icon #81 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
That makes sense, but they gave them the option to release it or have it euthinized. ( the people who trapped it were given those options.) That is weird also. In Oregon I'd bet that the Fish and Game wouldn't have allowed any choices in the matter. Perhaps the Fish and Game in Texas just doesn't care? It seems that raccoons are considered a "fur-bearing" animal in Texas, and you need a permit to own one, or it's pelt. I think either the people who caught it lied (Stong possibility), or they talked to a very nice person from Fish and Game who allowed them choices which they did not legally hav... [More]
Comment icon #82 Posted by Somejerkontheweb 10 years ago
It look very close to a kangaroo. Ok, it might be very close on a personal level, but it doesn't LOOK anything like the Kangaroos we have here in Australia.
Comment icon #83 Posted by Xpeople 10 years ago
Ok, it might be very close on a personal level, but it doesn't LOOK anything like the Kangaroos we have here in Australia. There are similarities between this creature and a kangaroo.
Comment icon #84 Posted by Hida Akechi 10 years ago
There are similarities between this creature and a kangaroo. This creature being a raccoon. Is that what you mean? Because raccoons and kangaroos aren't all that similar.
Comment icon #85 Posted by Xpeople 10 years ago
This creature being a raccoon. Is that what you mean? Because raccoons and kangaroos aren't all that similar. It does not look like anything in North America, especially a raccoon.
Comment icon #86 Posted by Hida Akechi 10 years ago
It does not look like anything in North America, especially a raccoon. Wrong, it looks like a raccoon, from North America. This is already debunked, no need to drag this out again. Dead horses don't need a beating, really.
Comment icon #87 Posted by Xpeople 10 years ago
Has there been any genetic work done on it?
Comment icon #88 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
Nope... http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2014/04/texas-chupacabra-euthanized-no-dna-tests-planned If it is the same size. Has the same paws. The same teeth. Same eyes. Same tail length. And is only missing the hair of a Raccoon, then 100% it is a raccoon.
Comment icon #89 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
What I think I remember hearing is that it is harder for a animal with mange to survive in the wild, so they pull in closer to human habitations to try to live off our garbage and domesticated animals.
Comment icon #90 Posted by Hida Akechi 10 years ago
Poor raccoon. Can't help but feel for the little creature. My question is: Why are we seeing so many animals with mange? I've never seen any here in Canada. I guess it doesn't mean there are none but I've always lived close to wildlife and not only have I not seen any but I haven't heard of any. My husband is an outdoors man and does lots of fishing and hunting. Haven't heard anything from him or any other outdoors man. Could it be the cooler climate? Actually, we're not seeing "so many animals with mange". We're seeing a few that are getting more spotlight than they should, especially when us... [More]


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