A hunter in Leake County killed a mysterious animal in a repurposed chicken-coop on Wednesday morning.
Some people in the area say it could be the mythical Chupacabra.
The hairless creature was killed in Pigtown – a community in Lena, Mississippi.
Armed with a .22, Matt Hewharrell said was “coon hunting” when he saw the glowing red eyes in the hay.
And, unlike a typical coyote, the beast moved to attack, Hewharrell said.
I noted a few things from this story. First, this is a diseased canid. The idea of a “blue dog” has been going around but the animals that resemble this one, also frequently referred to as a chupacabra, have been preserved, examined, and even DNA tested. They are dogs, coyotes, foxes or raccoons with the skin disease mange, caused by mites. Animals with severe sarcoptic mange will have a large infestation of mites and the skin becomes infected. This accounts for the scabbiness and discoloration observed here. But it also accounts for the animal’s behavior. It can’t hunt correctly, it is starving and very sick. It will attack.
Also note that the eyewitnesses have never seen such a thing so automatically resort to an extreme interpretation of a monster which they can’t ever seem to pronounce correctly. Thanks internet for making every hairless dead thing a chupacabra.
Please note, no mammal sucks goats. I’m glad the reporters were clear about the diagnosis of other animals like this and that chupacabra (or however they butchered the name) is a legend, not real.