Ukrainian scientists calling animal “mutant” or Chupacabra

Oh. My. So many things wrong with this story. Hard to know where to begin.

It’s one of those things that isn’t even wrong.

Ukrainian scientists unsure if they’ve found an actual Chupacabra – Green – Catholic Online.

Vets in Ukraine say they are struggling to identify a “mutant” animal shot by hunters in a remote area of the former Soviet republic.

Grey in color, sporting “fangs” and a longish neck, it has shorter front legs, making it resemble a kangaroo, while retaining the likeness to a dog and a fox.

Some believe that it could be a “mutant” fox poisoned by radiation. Another theory was that it was possibly a hybrid originating from a Soviet plant conducting tests on animals relating to chemical or biological weapons development.

“A creature we were not supposed to see has escaped from a secret defense lab,” one witness claimed.

“The animal doesn\’t look like a fox or a wolf, or a raccoon,” Mikhail Ilchenko, deputy head of the district veterinary service in Mikhailovskoe says.

Tip: Huffington Post

Ukraine animal is obviously a common predator with mange.

Every chupa story seems to be like this. Sorry, this animal looks JUST like a mangey canid. Nothing unnatural, not a “hybrid animal or a mutant” as is often claimed. The story of the chupacabra has been so messed up, a chupa is now “any animal we can’t identify”. The pop culture reports dictate what it looks like. That’s a clear sign that we are not dealing with a genuine animal, we are dealing with a category of phenomena that people fit things into – “weird-looking, hairless, predator-like thing.”

The key to chupa stories is that people are freaked out about the thing, fear it, and try to kill it. Perhaps it’s for the best. It may be suffering pretty badly at this point. But, the superstitious explanation still reigns over the actual one and that prompts undue panic.

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  6 comments for “Ukrainian scientists calling animal “mutant” or Chupacabra

  1. August 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    “The pop culture reports dictate what it looks like.”

    That pretty much applies to just about every “cryptid”.

  2. Rich Johnson
    August 27, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    I’d like to know to what purpose ‘secret defence labs’ make mangy dog hybrids. Unless ‘lab’ is short for labrador.

  3. August 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Apparently the Deputy Chief of Veterinary Affairs has never seen a canid.

    Must be a nation of cat people.

  4. Vin
    August 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Yup….looks just like a poor 3rd world shellback dog to me…it prob chewed its own front paws off (I’ve seen a dog do it before)….here’s a fun anecdote…. There is a community in Cape York called Lockhart River…every year or two the local council has to do a round up of all the stray dogs (a ridiculously disproportionate amount for a community of 500 or so)…..most of the ‘strays'( forming a Pack numbering in the HUNDREDS) are just forgotten ‘pets’, they also seem to have EVERY disease a dog is capable of carrying(except rabies), which is why I call them ‘shellbacks’, as they are TOTALLY covered in Mange and scar tissue……now and then, a local infant will be bitten by one of these poor, abused, forgotten animals and then the slaughter ensues….the Council literally rounds them up, takes them to the town dump and then shoots them all in an open pit (Lockhart River is one of Australia’s Dirty Secrets….its like the 3rd World there despite the ridiculously large amount of money that the State and Federal Govt pours into it….and there is PLENTY of ‘Outback Communities’ like Lockhart River….PETA or the RSPCA would have a fit of Indecision, as its a politically VERY touchy subject here…..I feel more sorry for the Dogs than the humans)

    • Rich Johnson
      August 28, 2012 at 5:12 AM

      You feel more sorry for dogs than you do for humans? The Aboriginal humans, to be precise?

  5. Old Rockin' Dave
    August 30, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    I guess Ukrainian veterinary scientists have never heard of DNA. Or they want to perpetuate a pseudomystery to stir up visits by hopeful hunters.

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