Chupacabra in the news in New Jersey and Texas

Two stories this week about “chupacabra” obviously because people are really bad at Googling.

Mystery Creature Sighting Stuns N.J. Town; No One Has First Clue What It Is « CBS New York.

There has been a strange sighting of a strange creature in a suburban New Jersey town – and pictures of it have residents asking “What the heck is that?”

“I saw a strange animal in the front yard,” witness Rob Lyons said.

Lyons had the presence of mind to shoot a picture of the creature on his smartphone.

“It was too small to be a coyote. Definitely not a dog. Might be a cat. Prances like a cat. It was weird,” Lyons said.

NO one has a CLUE? Really? Clue one: it looks like a canid – dog, coyote or fox. The guesses in this piece are absolutely stupid. But the last line gets to the facts – a canid with mange.

This report of the same Ridgeway animal is no better but also manages to hide the logical explanation at the end.

Another chupa story came out of Texas and TOPPED THE NEWS. Seriously!? This is top news?

Topping our news tonight, the possible discovery of the mysterious Chupacabra in the Coastal Bend. The animal was first seen in thick brush a few miles northeast of Falfurrias about a month ago.

The homeowner thinks it was in the area looking for food. One photo shows an encounter with a cat that didn’t seem too scared, yet was not happy to see the strange animal lurking around.

Someone shot and killed it, then took it to a veterinarian and a taxidermist who describe it as a cross between a red wolf and a coyote. But to folks in these parts, it’s the Chupacabra!

This piece contains the video from the station and is another example of really awful reporting.

Chupacabra Sighting! | Corpus Christi, TX | KZTV10.com |.

The reporter is completely leading the interviewees to say it’s a “chupacabra” even though the unkempt guy is adamant he does not believe in such things. The reporter even interviews a vet who says: “No hair. Kind of a bald head. Fits the profile a Chupacabra.” Where did he get his license? It’s a canid with mange. As are all so called chupacabras lately. In fact, they are almost never associated with the original image of a chupa, a bipedal, lizard-like, red-eyed, alien-type monster.

This poor thing is young and sickly. It’s probably good it was shot.

chupa baby

Every friggin’ dead thing is a CHUPACABRA!

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  4 comments for “Chupacabra in the news in New Jersey and Texas

  1. August 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    The NJ beast was a fox with mange. Their back legs are stronger and longer. They often prance like a cat and when hunting they bound in what appears to be a playful manner

    The other one seems\ to be a coyote with mange. Mange is very common around populated areas because the most susceptible to it are stray formerly domesticated animals so it’s no far fetched to believe that coyote or fox would come into contact with these strays.

  2. August 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Update from NJ. They are CONVINCED it’s a chupacabra. Totally depends on your definition. Am also wondering if it’s not more than one animal here. http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/08/is_it_a_fox_is_it_a_dog_mystery_creature_confounds_ridgewood.html

  3. Alyssa
    August 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Check out this article. These seem to be a new species, not mangy animals. Animals with mange are slow and sickly, these animals can run up to 40mph. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3805887?ir=Weird+News

    • August 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Alyssa: That’s from a TV show. Canion’s animal was DNA ID-ed. Twice. It’s not a new species. I would not trust a TV show promoting a “mystery” to be my source for scientific findings. Be skeptical.

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