Blue Dog Cryptid? Or Chupacabra?

Different animals, otherwise completely mundane can appear mysterious and cryptic if they appear in a new unusual color.  Large cats may be normal in North America in the form of Cougars and Bobcats, but when they appear black they are certainly not part of the normal observed species accepted by zoologists.  When a lion cub is born entirely white without the eye pigmentation suggesting albinism it’s a mystery.  And when a dog is seen by witnesses that is entirely blue, it’s sure to raise some questions.

The creature has been compared to the legendary chupacabra that has been seen throughout North America.  The new breed of chupacabra most witnessed and captured often bears an uneasy resemblance to dogs with mange.  And yet they still seem to have physical features confusing and sometimes outright defiant of their classification of dogs.

On July 22nd a group of teenagers ran across a blue dog they believed to be the Chupacabra and even videotaped it.  The footage was picked up by KFOR News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City.  The mystery deepens when one takes into account mysterious footprints left behind, presumably by the creature.  While the blue dog itself has a doglike appearance, the footprints left in freshly wet sediment appear like small clawed hands.  The number of toes or fingers on the footprints suggests the animal that left them behind was either a heavily mutated and equally mysterious type of dog, a raccoon with an exceptionally long stride, or something else.

Witnesses also report that in these cases the front legs of the chupacabra are significantly shorter than the hind legs, a trait not impossible for dogs, but also not common.  The “chupacabra” samples that have been captured have mostly proven to be mundane animals with mutations mixed with the advanced states of mange.  In March of this year the Dry Gulch Chupacabra brought national attention before being identified as a raccoon.  The Oklahoma Chupacabra was likewise identified as a raccoon while the creature in Coleman, Texas turned out likewise to be simply a mundane creature with mange.

But what could account for the blue appearance?  Normally creatures with mange are left with a dark grey or even black skin.  The blue hue is one of the more mysterious elements of the story.  Without a blue species of dog walking around currently there is speculation that this creature may prove to have an interesting or unknown origin.

Meanwhile, others say the creatures being captured bear no resemblance to the Chupacabra as it is and always has been.  They say the creature is a roughly humanoid reptilian creature that bites into its victims and drains them of blood before passing to the next herd of cattle to victimize.  Interestingly, most of the chupacabra sightings that correlate with mangy animals are not in areas where cattle mutilations are going on.  It seems the real cupacabra may be lurking just out of sight.

Will this sighting too turn out to be nothing more than an animal with a deformity?  Or are we on the cusp of uncovering something truly incredible?