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La Chupacabra: A History

Updated on August 31, 2012

One Artists View Of The Chupacabra

This artist rendering captures the general idea of the Chupacabra.
This artist rendering captures the general idea of the Chupacabra. | Source

Where Did La Chupacabra Come From

Where did la Chupacabra come from? No one really knows for sure. The beast simply invaded the territory of northern Central America and Mexico and was there. I am not really sure when I first learned of the legendary creature but it has captivated me ever since. Elusive is not the word for the slayer of barn-yard animals and bringer of bad luck and misfortune. Wouldn't you say that a vicious beast preying on your livestock was bad luck?

I first heard of the Chupacabra in the late eighties, while ensconced in my high school studies. I can not even remember where I first heard about them but I have wanted to know more about it ever since. Sightings are rare and data is limited. I myself have been on several journeys in search of the beast, entering the deepest parts of southern Texas where it is known to reside.

Scientists Have Found The Elusive Chupacabra?

This was thought to be a Chupacabra but is actually a coyote with really bad mange.  Poor creature!
This was thought to be a Chupacabra but is actually a coyote with really bad mange. Poor creature! | Source

What is a Chupacabra?

Many people have tried to answer the question of the Chupacabra but all have failed. The anecdotal and limited evidence available points to a creature that is 2-3 feet long and about 25-35 pounds. It is believed to be four legged but able to stand on its hind feet and use it front feet to grasp with sharp claws and a semi-opposable thumb. Eyewitness reports conflict as to the appearance of the animal, often referred to as a cross between a badger and a vampire. Some say it is hairy or furred, others say it is scaly like an armadillo. Some other leading experts conjecture that there may be more than one species.

The name Chupacabra literally translated means "goat sucker". This name is apt because that is basically the animals MO. It lurks in the country side waiting for dark. Then it moves into farmland and neighborhoods preying on livestock and sometimes pets. Farmers have reported having entire flocks of sheep decimated by a Chupacabra or Chupacabra's. It is not known if the animals are social in any way. They may hunt in groups or alone. We just don't have enough data.

Blame It On The Chupacabra

In the more rural areas the chupacabra is thought to a devil. It is believed to cause mischief and trouble for unsuspecting humans. Many unexplained events, especially bad ones, are blamed on the chupacabra giving it gremlin-like status.

The Chupacabra's Known Range

How To Spot A Chupacabra

The best way to spot a chupacabra is by accident. They have an uncanny sixth sense and can tell when they are being hunted. Most sightings occur when the beasts are startled while drinking or accidentally woken from sleep. The chupacabra is thought to curl up in hollows under fallen trees, holes in riverbanks and caves. Because they are attracted to food, fires and people camping trips and other outdoor adventures are likely times to stumble upon one. Vigilance is key when trying to spot a chupacabra, even the most reliable sightings only caught a fleeting glimpse.

The Chupacabra's Known Range

The chupacabra's range is limited to northern Central America, Mexico, the American southwest, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The animals first appeared in rural Mexico but have since spread out to fill the range. No one knows how they got to Cuba and Puerto Rico but I think they stowed away on board ships.

Hunting For The Chupacabra

Hunting for the chupacabra can be a fun filled adventure vacation. Thrill family and friends with stories around the campfire. Any adventure vacation can be turned into a wild chase to find a chupacabra. Camping, hiking, rafting and mountaineering trips are all good opportunities to do a little chupacabra hunting. Don't worry about taking any baits or traps with you, they won't work.

"I've Seen A Chupacabra!"

Guillermina Ruiz, resident of Cholula, Mexico, is the last known reported sighting of a Chupacabra. She and her family were making the long trip from their home to Asheville, NC when she made the sighting. The family was saving money by staying with friends or camping out along the way. One night, while camping out, she and her son went to get water to boil before dinner. They were way out in the country, down a dusty side road off of the main highway, where they found a shady spot under some trees near a river. Guillermina told me she and her son walked a ways down the stream to a calm spot to get water. While they were there an unsuspecting chupacabra walked to the other bank and began to drink. Her son got her attention and pointed. She looked just in time for the beast to bolt up and quickly vanish into the underbrush. She said it was four legged, but tall in the front and walked like a monkey. It was very dark, almost black with short coarse fur, pointy ears and dark eyes. The face was short with a cunning look that told her it would love to cause some mischief.


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    • TMHughes profile image

      TMHughes 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I don't know what it is but the chupacabra is very captivating. I work with a Mexican (she inspired the tale of guillermina) who says she knows people that really believe the chupacabra exists.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Been hearing about chupacabra. And stuffs like this always captures my interest :) Voted up!