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Chupacabras Facts

Updated on May 7, 2015

The Chupacabras are legendary cryptids, although biologists and wildlife management officials refer to Chupacabras as contemporary legends (urban legends).

Although relatively new to the monster scene, Chupacabras have made quite a stir in small villages and towns throughout south, central and now north america.

The debate as to what these strange looking creatures might be rages on and may never be settled. To help here are 5 things you may not have known about The Chupacabras.

Head of a Chupacabras - found later to be a fake
Head of a Chupacabras - found later to be a fake

5. The name Chupacabras

The name Chupacabras translated from the Spanish words Chupar which means "to suck" and cabra meaning "goat". As the name "goat-sucker" implies this friendly little critter is reported to attack livestock and drink their blood.

Puerto Rican comedian Silverio Perez is said to have named the creature shortly after the livestock killings appeared in the Puerto Rican press.

The actual spelling includes the "s" at the end and was dropped for use in north america. So take note that throughout this page I am not referring to multiple creatures, it just that's how the its name is spelled.

Image - Witnesses sketch

Witness drawing of a Chupacabras from 1995
Witness drawing of a Chupacabras from 1995

4. The First Reported Attack

Although the first officially reported attack occurred in March 1995 in PuertoRico, similar attacks had been reported in mexico as earlier as the mid 70's. Those attacks were superstitiously blamed on vampires.

The first attack included eight sheep killed on a rural farm in one night. Each of the sheep had 3 puncture wounds in the chest and were completely drained of their blood, although there was none on the ground around the victims. This had the farmer and local police baffled.

Only a few months later there were eyewitness reports surfacing and hundreds of farm animals and pets reported to be killed. It seemed that indeed there was something roaming the Puerto Rican country side killing farm animals or that copy cat crimes and maybe mass hysteria was taking place.

Map of Chupacabras sightings
Map of Chupacabras sightings

3. Where Is The Chupacabras?

Sightings initially were reported in PuertoRico but quickly spread to Mexico and El Salvador. When the first story hit the press the story ran wild with many people admitting to having seen the creature themselves.

It then began surfacing in Brazil and Chile shortly after. Only slight variations in the general description were the difference between the reports from different locations. The attacks were all the same, the victims completely drained of blood with no evidence.

There are now reports from Texas and other southern American states about farm animals being drained of blood. The appearance of the creature from the southern states of America differ greatly though. Still authorities have offer only the faintest of explanations.

About this image: This is a map of Chupacabras sightings in early 2000's

Photo of an alleged Chupacabras
Photo of an alleged Chupacabras

2. Description of the Creature

The first eyewitness reports described a creature which resembled a reptile with spikes running down its spine. It was said to walk upright on its hind legs and have 3 long sharp claws on 2 short arms. It has been compared to a small dinosaur to describe its stature. The head shape is said to resemble a typical "greyling" alien head. Sharp, long fangs adorn the mouth and 2 red eyes glare from its face. (See the picture in the last module for reference.)

More recent description explains it as the size of a house cat and having a tale as long as it's body length. It is said to have little to no fur on it and that it has enormous ears. This version sees the creature walking on all fours instead of its hind legs.

Its description varies from geographic location to location but the crimes always remain the same. The victims are drained of blood with no signs of physical evidence.

About the image: This photo was reportedly taken in Maryland Texas. The photographer was told it was a coyote with the mange but still disagrees.

More About the Chupacabras

1. What Are the Theories??

Classic representation of Chupacabras
Classic representation of Chupacabras

There are many theories pertaining to our friend the Chupacabras. Lets have a look at some of the most famous and most interesting.

  • The Alien Theory - 2 main branches to this theory. The first is that the Chupacabras is an alien weapon being tested on planted earth. The second suggests that it might be a pet or companion to alien visitors that had visited here.
  • The Government Experiment Theory - Chupacabras is thought by some to be some form of government experiment gone wrong. Maybe a genetic lab escapee?
  • The Time Travel Theory - Some think that the Chupacabras is a future human that has returned to our time to warn us of genetic experimentation or some other future technology that will led to man becoming Chupacabras.
  • The Wildlife Theory - States that the Chupacabras is nothing more than local wildlife maybe with the mange or some other skin ailment. This would explain the wide ranging sightings I think.
  • The Vampire Theory - At first the creature was thought by suspicious locals to be vampire. The fact that the Chupacabras appears to hunt only at night helped to support the creation of this theory.

About this image: This is the classic depiction of the Chupacabras.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I remember hearing about these when I lived in South Texas along the Mexican border. People used they like the bogeyman to scare their children into behaving.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love cryptozoology and have followed the different theories on Chupacabras in the news. Angel Blessings!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Reading about Chupacabras seems just perfect for Friday 13...

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very fun, pinned to my board "cool critters." Yes, right up there with the koala bears.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in a city in the us-mexico border and my grandparents animals where ataked by a chupacabra and where found dead just like described onley a horse survived(if i wrote wrong is because im mexican)

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      Fantastic Voyages 4 years ago from Texas

      Several so-called chupacabras have been found in my county. Good fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative and well designed lens. So are you going with the Wildlife Theory? Alien pets would be a more entertaining answer. And isn't it always the government's fault?

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      There is a lot of info about this mythical creature out there but this lens did a very good job of examining the facts I think. Although it would be cool to find one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a question do people prefer them as dogs or what im really intrested in them so i thought if someone caught one alive and they were able to tame them would u get one

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