What does a chupacabra look like

Chupacabra: blood-sucking creature from South America

Long fangs, pointed claws and hairless skin: there are many stories about the chupacabra. But does the mythical creature really exist? And what is it about the myths?

The Chupacabra is a comparatively young mythical creature from Latin America. Its name means something like "goat sucker" and is derived from the Spanish "chupar" for "suck" and "cabra" for "goat". Because the modern saga (Urban Legend) says that the creature likes to suck the blood out of chickens and goats. Children from Central and South America in particular have a great respect for the terrifying creature.

A mythical creature from Latin America from the 1990s

It wasn't until 1995 that the legend of El Chupacabra came up. In Puerto Rico, goats and chickens have been found in stables whose blood is said to have been completely sucked out. However, the animals' bodies were intact. Only mysterious punctiform wounds on the necks of the animals gave clues to the whereabouts of the blood - the mythical creature Chupacabra was born. The story of the goat sucker then spread through Mexico, Chile and Brazil to the USA.

Since then, there have been many conspiracy theories surrounding the chupacabra. For example, it is said to have originated from genetic experiments carried out by American scientists on behalf of government agencies. Another conspiracy theory says that the genetically modified creature escaped from a secret laboratory in El Yunque, a mountain in the east of the island, and has been mischievous in the rainforest ever since.

Since Puerto Rico borders on the Bermuda Triangle, there is even speculation that extraterrestrials have something to do with it - and so the Chupacabra, like so many mythical creatures before him, must serve as an explanation for many puzzling phenomena that humans cannot otherwise explain.

What does the chupacabra look like?

When it comes to descriptions of the mythical creatures from Latin America, opinions differ widely. However, all claims have one thing in common: Chupacabra is said to be extremely ugly to look at.

For example, it is said to have long fangs, pointed claws and hairless skin. But there are also descriptions of the creature as an alien-like creature that resembles a lizard and walks on two muscular hind legs. Big eyes, fangs and a forked tongue complete the picture. According to other descriptions, it is said to have spikes on its back and wings with which it can easily escape. What is noticeable: The Chupacabra is becoming more and more monstrous in the stories: Allegedly, it should be as tall as a person when it stands up.

Cryptozoology: Does the Chupacabra Really Exist?

A find in Texas in 2007, on the other hand, looks less mystical: the animal that is supposed to be a chupacabra looks more like a hairless dog with sharp fangs. Its finder Phylis Canion had the dead animal stuffed. The find supposedly had a positive effect on tourism in Cuero, the place where the alleged Chupacabras was found.

The specimen was later examined for DNA by the University of California, Davis. The result: The mother animal was probably a coyote, the father a Mexican wolf. That would make the chupacabra a kind of wolf coyote.

But cryptozoology, which deals with animals whose existence is dubious, found even more. The wolf coyote probably had no fur because it suffered from the skin disease sarcoptic mange. Mange mites bite their way through the skin of the affected animal, causing such severe itching that the animals lick, bite, scratch and thereby lose their fur. Their skin is getting thicker and thicker, which is why the animals often look like they have a kind of elephant skin.

Fox with mange: Animals suffering from the disease scratch the fur from their skin. (Source: Chromeorange / imago images)

And the theory that the Chupacabra would suck the blood of animals like a vampire was refuted. His alleged victims, the chickens and goats, were not bled or bloodless at all. In addition, because of his size, he cannot feed on blood alone. Rather, the alleged chupacabras were more likely to be animals weakened by mange, which could no longer hunt wild animals and therefore overwhelmed caged farm animals.

The mythical creature in film and TV

The fascination for the Chupacabra has already been made use of in a few films and TV series. Among other things, the mythical creature appeared in the following productions:

  • In an episode of the fantasy series "Grimm"
  • In an episode of the mystery series "The X Files"
  • In an episode of the series "Bones"
  • In the film "Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald's Crimes"

And according to his own statements, Hollywood star Johnny Depp also made the acquaintance of a chupacabra in 2015. One day he was supposed to present his new film "Mortdecai" at a press conference in Tokyo, but it did not appear on that date.

His surprising explanation the next day was: "I was attacked yesterday morning by a rare and unexplored creature called Chupacabra. I fought with him for hours because this animal is very tough and mean. It ended up hiding in my suitcase and then I threw it from the 23rd floor. So we'll never see it again. Thank you for your understanding. "

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