In the United States, animal mutilations have been reported for years in the western states. Although no specific culprit has been identified, aliens have been given the bulk of the credit for conducting experiments on the animals and then dumping the carcasses back here on Earth. Frankly, I’ve always found that questionable. Why would the aliens leave such traces behind?
To me a more likely culprit, and no less incredible, is a small but vicious creature that has been a topic of cryptozoologists since roughly 1992 or 1994, depending on which inaccurate story you choose to believe. In 1992, a series of goat mutilations occurred in Puerto Rico and two years later a series of similar mutilations were reported in Mexico. Both series remain unexplainable to this day, but in both cases, the animals were killed by neck wounds and death came as the result of total blood loss. Not like vampire bites to the jugular veins ”“ much more brutal and with no trace of the blood at the scene where the animal carcasses were found.
Thus started the cryptozoologists’ interest in a beast that was named “chupacabra”, which literally translated from Spanish means “goat-sucker”. Sightings of the small creature have been reported to Mexican and Puerto Rican authorities since then. Even in the United States, a Texas farmer claimed to have killed one in 1999, although from the photos the story has been widely disputed.
Chupacabras are believed to be small animals 2 to 4 feet long with stiff hair or bristles like a porcupine. Except for their size, they share several things in common with larger phenomena (Bigfoot, Yeti, Loch Ness Monster). They exude a foul stench, reportedly of sulfur, and are so elusive they have never been photographed. (Although there are claims, the photos have never been verified.)
The real catch here is that the chupacabra is only a new phenomenon to the U.S. cryptozoologists. The centuries old tales of the “mosquito-man” in Peru and similar tales from Chile and other South America countries predate the Puerto Rican and Mexican stories by centuries.
The common thread to all the stories, however, is that the victims always die from blood loss, the chupacabras always appear to attack at night and have never been seen during the attacks, and no dead chupacabra carcasses have ever been found ”“ just like Bigfoot, Yeti, and the others.
One theory combines aliens with the chupacabras by claiming that these creatures are “pets” of the aliens. Interesting thought, but highly unlikely in my view – but then, there are still the cattle mutilations of the western U.S. that we started with. The possibility that a chupacabra escaped his alien master centuries ago and the species asexually reproduces and has spread from South America to the Caribbean Islands and North America would explain the mysterious mutilations in the last 2 decades, wouldn’t it?