Chupacabra or Mangy Coyote?

Personally, I’m getting a bit tired of all the supposed chupacabra sightings and bodies being found lately. I’m a pretty open-minded guy, and believe in the possibility of many things, but it seems as though almost every single chupacabra sighting or body turns out to be that of a mangy coyote or feral dog. I think the bigger mystery here has nothing to do with cryptozoology, and mainly just revolves around the question of why so many mangy coyotes are being found now. I’m not sure why people see a hairless dog and equate it with something that’s supposed to be this lizard-like creature (mixed with a dash of grey alien) with spines and spikes and vampiric teeth. I just don’t see the connection.

And what breed of dog would this be? Perhaps you need to imagine it with hair.

Don’t resign yourself to chupacabra nightmares just yet. Even Jack Crabtree, the supplier of photos to The Facts, his local Texas paper, doesn’t think that he witnessed a real chupacabra, or “The Bigfoot of Latin Culture,” as dubbed by CNN during a previous chupacabra sighting.

According to a report by ABC News, the retired wildlife biologist and his wife Linda saw the slow-moving, hairless creature wandering by a creek at the back of their house on the Fourth of July. They took photos, and Crabtree sent them to the newspaper, jokingly calling it a Chupacabra.

However, the paper either didn’t get the joke, or didn’t care, and they ran it on the front page, stirring excitement similar to the other Texas Chupacabra sighting a few months ago. When that creature was spotted, Animal Control Officer Frank Hackett described the animal: “All I know is, it wasn’t normal. It was ugly, real ugly. I’m not going to tell no lie on that one.”

Crabtree told ABC News that he can’t believe people’s reactions:

“I’ve been amazed with the fascination people have with chupacabras and other mythical animals,” he said. “I’m really not a believer in chupacabras or Bigfoot or the Abominable Snowman.”

An even scarier thing here? That the newspaper took an offhand joke by this guy and reported it as a chupacabra sighting. The media will do anything for some attention, it seems.

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