El Chupacabra!

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Read about different theories on Chupacabra, and Chupa himself.

Submitted: May 17, 2012

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Submitted: May 17, 2012



El Chupacabra: The Legend of the Goat-Sucker


Picture this: you're a traveler, and you have decided to settle down in a small town in Latin-America for a couple weeks. In a few short days,  you notice the locals complaining about mysterious deaths of their livestock and decide to check it out. You observe some victims - six goats, drained completely of blood and hollowed of internal organs. Three small punctures are on each goat's neck. You recognize this handiwork. This was the doing of  a Chupacabra. Carry on, weary traveler, but do look over that shoulder once in a while.


The Chupacabra is one of the most popular and mysterious legends of all time, the tales of which I shall expose.  He is what is known as a cryptid, or an animal that is "commonly not believed to exist, but actually may." (Nicholas Meyler, sep. 23, 2003)  His appearance is often disputed, ranging from a reptilian biped to a hairless canine-like critter.  There is not a certain date for when this myth came into existence, or where it began. I will put out the many theories related to Chupacabra, as well as his supposed habits. Will Chupa suck out our vital organs as we sleep? Is he even real? I leave that for you to decide.


The name "El Chupacabra" literally translates from Spanish into "The Goat-Sucker". The name comes from what it eats and the very distinct way the creature eats. Chupacabra feeds off of livestock such as chickens, cows, and horses. He is most famous for feeding off their favorite, goats. It is my theory that occasionally, it will eat a human, though that rarely occurs.

He hunts at night. In his mouth are three dagger-like fangs, loaded with a paralyzing poison that liquefies organs and keeps preys' blood flowing. Chupa will bite into an artery in or by the neck and drink his victim dry without touching the actual meat. The carcass is left behind and he silently stalks the darkness.

The Myth In The Legend

One source says that the legend of Chupacabra is only about 16 years old (1995), and only seems to be much older. However, various online witnesses state that it has been around since at least the 70's. It strikes me that perhaps Chupa is older than the 70's. Simply, the same creature had a different myth and a different name attached. Coincidentally, it shares many features with the older Mexican Devil.

Initially, I had heard that my beloved Chupacabra originated in Puerto Rico and migrated to Mexico by hiding in cargo ships, or something to that affect. I believe this is the most likely "hometown"  for him, as it is repeated most consistently, despite the few sources that say he came from Texas or otherwise. It is confirmed that it originated in Latin-America, and migrates within warmer regions. Strangely enough, there have been sightings as far north as Maine, and there were even a couple in Siberia. In 2009 climatologists claimed that an explanation for this was "that the Siberian summers were getting warmer and that their winters were getting milder." [Rafken, 2011]).


As I mentioned before, the way Chupacabra looks is open for discussion. There are so many variations that don't resemble each other in the slightest, one might think half the witnesses to be blind and the others to be fools. The earliest (as far as I could tell) version of him is a reptilian creature with smooth scaly skin, huge color-changing eyes, is about four feet  tall and walks on two legs. This one, as do many other versions, has many quills or spines running the length of its back. A similar one looks like an typical alien in shape, though also with long spines and large eyes. There is one that is more of a mammal, with its long or short shaggy fur, many teeth,  size similar to a small bear, and four legs legs. Later on, the way people describe a Chupacabras look "evolves" into something rather hideous, yet very ordinary: a canine without fur, though some of our blind fools of witnesses claim it is a mix between a deer, rat, and kangaroo. I think , by this time , we've left the original legend and "witnesses" are claiming everything to be a Chupa.

Sadly people believe this is what it should look now. To me, Chupacabra means a large dog sized hairy beastie with great claws, gnashing teeth, and  back spines. Despite the way people think it looks, Chupa is known to have a rank odor. 

Where Did It Come From, What Could It Be?

A  put-down for believers is the claim that the myth was created when an attention seeker based him off of a character from the sci-fi movie SPECIES (1995). This declaration is clearly false, proven wrong by witnesses hearing the myth as early as the 70's and the strong opinion of believers that the movie character bares no resemblance to our cryptid. Other theories include that he is an alien, or alien pet left behind. Some say it's a government experiment gone wrong. The idea that matches the hairless canine variation says Chupa is a new undocumented species of wild dog that could be a cousin of the aye-ayes and vampire bats. This one is either hairless, or has a disease called Mange. Mange is when certain mites get under the skin causing hair loss and a decaying odor. I disregard this approach due to the fact that many of these hairless "Chupacabra" bodies have been found, yet DNA tests proved them to be decomposing raccoons, coyotes, foxes, and even sloths. There are those who believe El Chupacabra is simply all a hoax. The animals with their internals sucked out, the sightings, everything to do with him, a sick sham played by people from all over the world? Not a chance.



Chupacabra is most definitely real. Even if someone were to capture the cause of the killings and the sightings, it still wont be Chupa. Not the real one, by any means. He is not something that can be found or caught. He'll always be the elusive mysterious thing that lives in our hearts. Like the Lonely One from Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, even if the murderer is captured, he is not the Lonely One (even though the Lonely One is the murderer), because it is not exactly how we imagined it. We imagine that Chupa looks like something that doesn’t exists, so he can never be captured or killed, therefore, he always exists, if not only in our hearts and minds. Have you decided to believe yet?









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