Livestock attacks in Kentucky call for obligatory chupacabra (or werewolf) reference

This story just appeared on Livescience. It has been going around for a week. When it gets picked up by major sites, you are likely to hear about it even though there isn’t much to tell. Well, much in terms of “mystery” and “monsters”.

Mystery animal attacking livestock

A community of farmers in Shelby County have been terrorized over the past few weeks by a mystery animal.

The creature has been attacking, but not eating, livestock such as goats and calves.

Kevin Cox, a farmer in the area, had already had one animal fall victim to an attack and he said his dogs alerted him of a second, “I heard the goat the dogs going off and I ran out there and I looked and saw the goat laying on the ground.”

His goat, Polka-dot, is now missing all of one ear and almost lost both of them.

Only a few farmers are affected. The attacks have come at night. There is no mention of footprints (not unusual if it’s dry ground but I don’t know that) and eating at the ears is a bit odd. If the animal puts its head down to fight, it could be a dog. Strangely, Livescience didn’t focus on the fact that many locals DO think it’s a dog. Instead they trotted out the obligatory chupacabra reference. There is no such thing as a real chupacabra – it’s a myth, attached to events and sightings that are attributable to other causes.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information or confirmed facts that you can get from a news story. Someone on site has to investigate to find out what might really be going on. But, boo on the media for promoting monsters.

ALL about the Chupa here.

El Chupa. Stalking your goat.

El Chupa. Stalking your goat.

UPDATE: Justin in the comments below provided this link. Very interesting.

David Theiler said the mysterious attacker actually chased his wife and daughter on the night of December 6, when they went out to check on their dogs.

“They heard something running behind them, and they made it to the garage before it got to them,” he said, noting that they waited, scared, in the garage until he made it home.

Apparently, there was no mention of chupacabra around town but… “People around here are calling it the Waddy Werewolf”

See update on this story here.

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  4 comments for “Livestock attacks in Kentucky call for obligatory chupacabra (or werewolf) reference

  1. Justin
    December 21, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    I live in the next county and worked in Shelby County until a few months ago. The place is overrun with packs of coyotes, and small-scale attacks have always been happening. About a year ago I saw a coyote so large that I thought it had to be a wolf at first (we don’t have wolves here). I haven’t seen any media references to chupacabra at all. Am I missing something? They are calling it the “Waddy Werewolf.” Lots of people have goats and they make easy prey for coyotes or feral dogs. Original local story here: http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/livestock-mauled-viscious-attacks-waddy

    • December 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      The chupa reference was in the LiveScience story. I was disappointed in that.

      • Justin
        December 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Oh, I see the reference you’re talking about. That was disappointing, especially since the chupacabra hasn’t been invoked here by locals. And believe me, lots of people around here aren’t shy about invoking paranormal/supernatural/woo explanations for anything.

  2. D. Walker
    December 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    If not a dog or dogs I’d think it must be coyotes.

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