In the 1990s in Puerto Rico, chickens and goats started showing up dead in an unusual way. They were drained of blood with two puncture wounds in the neck, beginning the legend of El Chupacabra. Literally translated as “goat sucker” from Spanish, the story spread from Puerto Rico to Mexico, Chile, the United States, and Brazil. El Chupacabra’s legend spread like wildfire across the world through the internet.
Reports of El Chupacabra are relatively new, but the idea dates back to the 1970’s Puerto Rican legend of El Vampiro de Moca, a livestock-killing vampire in the small town of Moca.
Like many cryptozoological creatures, descriptions of El Chupacabra vary. Most describe it as a gray, lizard-like creature three to four tall that walks upright. El Chupacabra has large eyes, fangs, and a forked tongue with a row of sharp quills running down its back. Other descriptions say the creature looks like a giant, vicious kangaroo or a disfigured kangaroo.
One report of an attack by El Chupacabra claims that 44-year-old Osvaldo Claudio Roasado claimed to have been attacked from behind by a gorilla in Puerto Rico. There are no gorillas in Puerto Rico. After fighting off the creature, Roasado needed treatment for scratches and cuts on his torso. Nearby, chickens and cows were found drained of blood with puncture wounds to the neck.
Reports of El Chupacabra the attacks started getting out of hand in Chile. Hundreds of head of livestock were gone with several unlucky farmers losing their livelihood. Local government sent the national guard to investigate, but they found nothing. The federal government sent out their own teams. The Justice Ministry began an investigation at the highest levels of Chilean law enforcement. After two months, they found nothing. Chilean officials issued a report blaming the attacks on wild dogs.
People in Chile remained suspicious and claimed that Chilean military officials found three Chupacabra eggs and one animal. Allegedly, they then turned the material over to NASA. Radio programs in Chile have also claimed that NASA bred El Chupacabra themselves in the lab while conducting tests on mandrills, similar to baboons, in the Chilean desert. NASA officials deny the accusations with annoyance.
In Niagara, an alleged Chupacabra was killed. The body was examined by scientists in Autonomous National University who said the carcass matched that of a stray dog. It was met by skepticism by believers of El Chupacabra.
The story of El Chupacabra has spread throughout the United States and the world. Unexplained deaths of animals continue. Is it El Chupacabra or stray dogs?