Oh my. People are very much stuck on the idea that any hairless animal with teeth is a chupacabra. All such “chupas” have turned out to be foxes, coyotes, dogs or raccoons with mange. I’m finding it very difficult to accept that news channels won’t do a SHRED of background check and not post these stories as “news”. This chupa thing must die.
In Ratcliffe, a small town in Dewitt County, residents are certain they’ve found the mythical, despicable chupacabra and this time…it’s alive.
With it’s hairless back, large claws, countless teeth, and ferocious growl…many would say this animal fits the bill.
Parma says one of the big signs it’s not a raccoon is it’s growl. “Coon don’t make that noise…or a possum,” he said. “What makes that noise,” we asked. “I guess a chupacabra does, I don’t know, I ain’t ever heard it from another animal,” Parma added.
“The animal in the cage, as best I can tell from the view, is some sort of a small canine,” said Brent Ortego, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Dear wildlife biologist: Canines don’t eat with their fingered hands. This is obviously a raccoon. And they do growl, you have it penned in a cage, it’s sick and injured and threatened. You’d growl too! The above screen shot was captured at just the right time to appear menacing. Actually, it was eating. That is cat food in the kennel.
Here is another trapped hairless raccoon. I know they look REALLY weird without hair but there is no excuse for making this out to be some fearsome monster.
All our chupa stories are here so you can see the resemblance.
In the video below, there are so many bad assumptions and ridiculous comments, THIS is how legends grow. Ignorance. Please learn about mange and your native animals. They were here first.
UPDATE (5-Apr-2014) As we stated, it was identified and was sick.
The Ratcliffe Chupacabra is unusual, in that experts eventually made it out to be a mangy raccoon rather than a coyote (or a chupacabra, for that matter). Cox said the local game warden in DeWitt County took on the case.
“The warden did contact the person who trapped the animal and told him that since it did appear to be a raccoon, he would have to release it back into the wild or euthanize it,” Cox said Friday. “The land owner left a message on the warden’s voice mail this morning that the animal had been euthanized.”