A legendary cryptid monster rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas and Puerto Rico is the Chupacabra. Its’ name translates to “goat sucker” and comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. The most common description of the chupacabra is that of a reptile-like creature, said to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. It is believed to be approximately 3 to 4 feet high, and stands and hops in a fashion similar to that of a kangaroo.
Similar to other creatures in cryptozoology, the chupacabra has been variously described. Some witnesses have seen a small half-alien, half-dinosaur, tailless vampire with quills running down its back; others have seen a panther-like creature with a long snake-like tongue; still, others have seen a hopping animal that leaves a trail of a sulfuric stench. Some speculate that it may be an unknown dinosaur, while others are convinced that the wounds on animals whose deaths have been attributed to the chupacabra indicate an alien presence.
Numerous sightings of the creature were reported during the mid-1990s in Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, and China with the first reported attacks occurring in March 1995 in Puerto Rico. In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood.
A few months later, in August, an eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, reported seeing the creature in the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas, when as many as 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed. In 1975, similar killings in the small town of Moca were attributed to El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire of Moca). Initially, it was suspected that the killings were committed by a Satanic cult; later more killings were reported around the island, and many farms reported a loss of animal life. Each of the animals was reported to have had its body bled dry through a series of small circular incisions.
A Texan couple who reside on a ranch in Victoria County, Texas informed the media that they had shot and killed a chupacabra on their property during the evening of February 23, 2014. A wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife organization also spoke with the media and stated: “I’ve seen squirrels, raccoons, and coyotes in this area with the same features. They’re [chupacabra] a mythical creature that most people see, but what it really is sarcoptic mange which is caused by a mite that bites the animal and it can be on any mammal – dogs, cats, coyotes foxes, and humans can get another version of it as well.”
On April 3, 2014, a Texan couple claimed to have captured a chupacabra in Ratcliffe, Texas. Radford suggested the animal is a raccoon suffering from sarcoptic mange.
Benjamin Radford is an American writer and skeptic who has authored and contributed content to twenty books and over a thousand articles relating to urban legends, unexplained mysteries, and the paranormal. Based on a five-year investigation, Radford concluded that the description is given by the original eyewitness in Puerto Rico, Madelyne Tolentino, was based on the creature Sil in the science-fiction horror film Species. The alien creature Sil is nearly identical to Tolentino’s chupacabra eyewitness account and she had seen the movie before her report: “It was a creature that looked like the chupacabra, with spines on its back and all… The resemblance to the chupacabra was really impressive,” Tolentino reported.
Most scientists who have looked into alleged chupacabra sightings agree that the creatures are terrestrial canines, often coyotes, suffering from mange which is thought to be an adverse effect of global warming. It seems that if there is a wicked, mythical creature lurking about, that it will take solid, concrete evidence to convince the materialists of its existence here on planet Earth.