The origins of the chupacabra are quite new, in fact it may be the most contemporary mythical creature of our time, but where did the legend of the creature actually come from? Most importantly is the chupacabra real or fake? The first reported sightings of the chupacabra were in Puerto Rico after farmers were finding their goats dead, with fang marks on their neck and blood supposedly sucked out. The name chupacabra actually translates to goat-sucker in Spanish. Since those reporting’s, the chupacabra became a world-wide sensation. It was the new big-foot or loch-ness monster, a creature that evolved in description after every sighting.
It was recently reported the chupacabra was found on a farm in Texas, images were released of the creature gaining viral status. The people who found and trapped the creature claimed it to be the real chupacabra, but with a closer and more educated observation it was determined the creature found was most likely a raccoon that was suffering from mange. No goats or any other animals were killed in the farm further proving that the Texas creature was most likely not the real chupacabra. After a veterinarian visit the creature was put down as it was apparently in pain and suffering from its mangy condition. So while excitement grew that the legendary creature was found, in the end we were still left wondering if the chupacabra is real or fake.
The basic known characteristics of the chupacabra are that it is around three to four feet in length, weighing around 20-30 pounds and its skin is rough and mangy. That it has fangs and a thirst for blood, and is most of all very elusive. From its known characteristics it was no wonder why the Texas creature was at first taught to be the chupacabra. Since the first claimed sighting in Puerto Rico, sightings as far as Russia have been reported of the chupacabra, defining the impact the creature has had socially.
Scientist in the U.S. believe that almost all sightings of the chupacabra within the states are most likely to be coyotes or some other type of wild dog with a severe case of mange. True believers of the mythical creature remain diligent that the chupacabra does exist, some go as far as to track the creature in places were sightings were reported. Although no true concrete evidence has ever been found, most caught creatures thought to be the chupacabra were dismissed after blood samples proved it to be a known animal with a skin condition.
So is the chupacabra real or fake? Or does society just love the idea of a possible undiscovered creature to be lurking in their backyards? To make us feel like the world may have a real magical element to it and that believing such a creature exist helps us escape reality if even for a short period of time. Be it real or fake the chupacabra is certainly one thing, a world-wide phenomenon that will not stop any time soon.
Opinion by: Miguel A. Tamayo