A couple in rural South Texas claims to have caught the mythical blood-sucking creature known as “el chupacabra” — and this time it’s alive.
KAVU reports Bubba Stock of Ratcliffe, DeWitt County noticed a strange animal eating corn up in a tree on his property on Sunday.
“He called me to come and look, and I said ‘Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,'” wife Jackie Stock told the station.
The creature sure did seem to fit the description. It had a hairless back, large claws, menacing teeth and a fearsome growl.
The Stocks caught and caged the “chupacabra,” feeding him a steady diet of cat food and corn. They say they’ll keep it at least until someone can figure out what it is.
El chupacabra gets its name, which literally means “goat sucker,” from its supposed habit of attacking and killing livestock before drinking its victims’ blood. The beast is described as reptilian in form, with leathery skin and sharp spines running down the length of its back. It supposedly has a dog-like face, a forked tongue and fangs. Standing about a meter (3 feet) tall, el chupacabra is said to have great leaping abilities, having allegedly jumped 20 feet (6 meters) in one sighting. “Witnesses” say the animal hops like a kangaroo.
The legend of el chupacabra dates back several decades in Puerto Rico, and began to grow in the mid-1990s after a series of deadly attacks on livestock. From Puerto Rico, the story spread throughout Latin America and into the United States. Local news programs throughout America regularly feature stories in which terrified locals claim to have spotted the elusive yet dangerous creature. Today, el chupacabra is a global urban legend, with the Internet and social media fanning the flames of this very tall tale.
Back in Ratcliffe, Texas, some residents were sure that what the Stocks saw was indeed a chupacabra.
“I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t ever seen anything that looks like that right there,” said local Arlen Parma. “A coon doesn’t make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does.”
Not everyone is so sure, though. After viewing the animal the Stocks caught, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Brent Ortega told KAVU that his best guess was that the “chupacabra” is really “some sort of a small canine.”