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.
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
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.