Texas Couple Claim They Have Caught a Chupacabra

Texas Couple Claim They Have Caught A Chupacabra

In Texas, a couple is claiming they have caught one of the mysterious “chupacabra”. That is one of the alleged mythological animals which are supposed to attack livestock. In the small town of Ratcliffe, the citizens there believe for certain they have found the chupacabra and that this time it is alive.

Ratcliffe dweller Jackie Stock stated that her husband was able to catch one of the creatures on Sunday evening. She stated that he gave her a call and told her to come look at what he had. She said that she told him the animal looked like a baby chupacabra.

It has large claws, a hairless back, numerous teeth and a fierce growl and since that describes a chupacabra perfectly, so there are many individuals that are saying this animal is fitting the bill.

Legend says that chupacabras suck the blood of other animals such as goats and cattle. Even though there has never been any actual evidence the creature exists, there have been chupacabra sightings reported all the way from South America to the southern part of the United States.

One resident of Ratcliffe who saw the alleged chupacabra, stated that he has hunted raccoons for over 20 years with dogs and that he had never seen anything that looked like what he saw trapped inside the cage in the Stock’s backyard. He stated that one of the main signs that the animal was not a raccoon was its strange growl.

The resident added that a raccoon did not make such a noise, or a possum. What makes that kind of growl? A chupacabra must, the Ratcliffe citizen shrugged.

Many people who live in the region are completely convinced that this is the mysterious chupacabra; however wildlife experts are not so quick to jump on the bandwagon.

Brent Ortego, who works as a Wildlife Biologist with Texas Wildlife and Parks, explained that he believes the animal inside the cage was as best as he could tell was some kind of small canine. He said a canine could range from being a dog or coyote to even being a fox. He believes the animal is suffering from mange and that is what caused it to lose all of its hair. However, as for it being the elusive chupacabra, he is not so quick to jump on the bandwagon.

Ortego declared that it has never been proven that the chupacabra is a distinctive species. It has always just been something out there in the wild that supposedly was to bring harm to livestock. There has never been any tangible proof.

Whether it is a chupacabra or not, at this time the small animal is living at the Stock household and is eating a diet of corn and cat food. It will continue to do so until someone is able to actually discover what the little animal really is.

Stock explained that her and her husband want to find out for sure what the creature is because they have never seen anything like it before.  The couple thinks they have caught one of the mysterious “chupacabra” but they do not know for sure.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

The N.Y. Daily News

FOX News

The Independent

70 Responses to "Texas Couple Claim They Have Caught a Chupacabra"

  1. Emrico   August 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    It’s a Wallaby. It may have been a pet that escaped. Similar species to a Parma Wallaby

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  2. Tom Smith   July 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hardly in the canine family. It is a Cotamundi that is probably suffering from the mange.

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  3. ThisKid   July 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve seen many raccoons and it is, the growling is a last minute completely trapped tactic http://www.veronews.com/news/indian_river_county/spotlight/humane-society-rescues-rare-hairless-raccoon-from-busy-area/article_1ae776aa-1229-11e1-9cc5-0019bb30f31a.html?mode=image

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  4. earth keeper   July 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    its a couati, they are moron and so is anyone who was afraid of the dam thing. fking idiots need to be put down themselves.

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  5. Dust   June 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    That is a rare hairless raccoon. Like you have albino. You also can also get hairless.

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  6. Jahenna Norris   April 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    This is what I don’t get…why couldn’t they run a DNA panel on this animal? Why so fast to destroy it? It’s not a raccoon with mange, know that for a fact. His snout is too long and the check bones are not wide enough. It’s not a dog either, dogs can’t eat like that. It has the ears of a hyena and it does look mangy but had an appetite and didn’t look in pain to us. I will never understand those nincompoops at the Texas Wildlife group there, killing it and not even finding out what it was. I hope there are more of these creatures and suck the blood from the human idiots at the Texas Wildlife and Parks Dept.

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  7. sue   April 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Raccoon with mange. See oklahoma chupa 2010

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  8. Jack   April 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    It looks to be a Civet, missing hair maybe with mange .
    A civet is a small, lithe-bodied, mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa, especially the tropical forests. The term civet applies to over a dozen different mammal species. Most of the species diversity is found in southeast Asia. The best-known civet species is the African Civert., Civettictis civetta, which historically has been the main species from which was obtained a musky scent used in perfumery.

    The word civet may also refer to the distinctive musky scent produced by the animals. A minority of writers use the name civet to cover Civettictis, Viverra and Viverricula civets.[1] But in more common usage in English the name also covers Chrotogale, Cynogale, Diplogale, Hemigalus, Arctogalidia, Macrogalidia, Paguma, and Paradoxurus civets. Some of the indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia, the Orang Asli, may occasionally keep pet civets.

    Look for the new Kindle Book on Amazon. ( Chupacabra Chronicles ) In May 2014.

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  9. Joe Adams   April 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Possibly a coyo-dog with mange. The toxin from the mange turns the skin blue or blue/gray. Poor little critter.

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  10. Guy Slater   April 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Looks to me like a young aardvark, but I’m no expert, and I am not sure of what, if any vocalizations they make.

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  11. d   April 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    poor little guy he looks scared, he needs a vet and some tests to see what is in his dung before it changes from his “captive” diet. that would tell a lot. he’s a wild animal and he should be able to see all around maybe a little box inside for him to nest.

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  12. John J   April 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Get real!! In no way does it look like a raccoon

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  13. e   April 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Everyone google Peruvian hairless dog

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    • james   April 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      It is not a dog of any sort. maybe a type of fox but no form of domesticated dog. it was eating with its front paws. Clearly not a dog. No Canines front paws move in that way. I agree with the Raccoon with severe mange.

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  14. avid flyer   April 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Not a raccoon eyes to far apart front legs to big.

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  15. Jennifer   April 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Unfortunately they euthanize him, what the ????

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  16. john p   April 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    chupacabra, PLEASE. thats a raccoon with SEVERE mange !!!

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  17. Seedub   April 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

    http://media.tcpalm.com/media/img/photos/2011/11/18/1119_TCLO_TC_IR_raccoon5_t607.JPG

    looks like the above pic in the link. Hairless raccoon. I love Google.

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  18. Michael Foster   April 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What is it?!?

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  19. Tony   April 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

    To all posting it’s a dog with mange, WRONG. Canines don’t eat with their paws (or claws in this case). It also grabbed the cage like a Raccoon. The growl and tail/face shape are not a raccoon’s either. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not those animals. As some have said, possible an exotic pet illegally here. Or a Chupacabra LOL…

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  20. Lucy Arnold   April 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    That looks like a shaved Raccoon to me 🙁 Poor thing! I hope they are keeping it in a cage bigger than that trap!

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  21. Veruca Salt   April 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Whatever it is, it does not deserve to be kept in a trap and needs to be treated humanely no matter what.

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  22. arron.   April 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

    It has large claws, a hairless back, numerous teeth and a fierce growl.
    This also describes my mother-in-law,( except for the hairless back part).

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  23. Debbie Alvarado   April 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Why not do a DNA test to find out just what it is ?

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  24. Jay Slumber   April 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    So what, here in the office where I work there are two blood sucking chupacabras, one named George and one named Mathew, both running loose.

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  25. Mark   April 4, 2014 at 7:03 am

    At last, the age old question has been answered. “Are people really that stupid?”

    Yes they are.

    Get this poor Raccoon to a vet.

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  26. killcommoncore   April 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

    We had a puppy that drank from a container under our car that we were draining our radiator into. We immediately rushed him to the vet, but there was not much he could do…the puppy lived, but every hair on his body fell out. It grew back, and this animal appears to be in the same stage our puppy was in when the hair was growing back.
    BTW, we named our dog “Prestone”. He turned out to be a great dog.

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  27. Lisa Suzanne Dean   April 4, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Whatever it is, it is a living creature that does not deserve to live out it’s life in a dinky metal cage being poked at by all the local bumpkins. Local animal services authorities need to check out the situation, take the animal to a qualified vet, get it medical attention if it needs it, and find an appropriate home for it, be it an animal sanctuary of some sort or release it far out in the wild – so it won’t get caught and put in a cage again by more local bumpkins…

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  28. Tammy L   April 4, 2014 at 1:52 am

    If it is a poor dog with mange…then they should be giving it dog food not corn and cat food…just have the vet give it a sedative or gas and check it out…instead of leaving the poor freezing thing in your in a metal cage where ant will soon find her…btw it is a her..look closer

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  29. Michael Schultheiss   April 4, 2014 at 1:28 am

    It looks like I may have to retract my earlier comment: a friend of mine on Facebook made the case that the tail is too short for a coati, and that the muzzle is canid rather than procyonid. Based on that and based on the fact that they found it in a tree eating corn, I’m going to have to go with gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). They’re omnivorous, and they climb trees.

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  30. ernesto   April 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Hello, i just bought its twin brother, it cost me only $1500 online, hope it has all its vaccines and papers.!
    They told me it´s arare brand of chinese dog!

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  31. John   April 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Looks like we got a case of a pair of uneducated folks lacking some very serious common knowledge of the local wildlife… poor primitive homo sapiens..

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  32. Joe   April 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I was once chased by a chupacabra in south Texas as a child. I had to climb a tree to escape before it sucked my blood dry. Glad they finally caught one.

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    • comanchemoon   April 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      I certainly hope her husband washed his hands after touching this poor thing because if it has the right kind of mange (There are only two kinds) He’ll get it too and it’s not fun. It’s a hairless raccoon. Raccoons have fingers instead of paws like a fox and his are swollen because of, wait for it……….wait for it…………….mange……………..Tada! Sorry to burst their bubble.

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  33. Hans   April 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This is definitely a raccoon with mange…please get this poor animal to a veterinarian so that they can treat it and let it go for crying out loud.

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  34. meyeshua   April 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Mulder and Scully couldn’t even find one, but it is a legend that doesn’t exist.

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  35. teddy wolf   April 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    This is a grey fox suffering from an extreme case of mange! Easily treated with Ivermectin given SQ (sub cutaneously).

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  36. elsa mahabir   April 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It mght be better to leave this one to the experts I,m a little concerned someone could get hurt there has been no mention of contagious disease or other illnesses this animal can carry. Especislly since you believe its a chupacabra, it,s probably been drinking every bodies blood drank bad blood, that could be the cause for hair loss. It Sure seems that the catcher can handle the situation pretty good . Please be careful

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  37. David A.   April 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    It looks like a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Xolo Dog) a.k.a. Escuincle.

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  38. Denise   April 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Look at photos of Australian dingoes. It looks like an unhealthy dingo with mange. Now, who smuggled a dingo over here? It eats to live, poor thing, abandoned far from home.

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  39. aimee   April 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It looks like some kind of mixed Chinese Crested dog.

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  40. Duh   April 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    They’re idiots

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  41. kev bone   April 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    That looks like a blood thirsty terrifying killer animal alright…… not

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  42. LaKeisha Jackson   April 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Wouldn’t a DNA test prove beyond doubt whether it was just a dog with the mange or some new species?

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  43. Lisa   April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    As someone else has said, it does look like a coati with mange. Although, the feet and ears look a little bigger. But whatever it is it’s not right to keep the poor thing in that tiny cage! It looks so scared and hardly has room to turn around.

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  44. Bob   April 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Looks a little like my ex wife when she wakes up in the morning.

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    • Hugh   April 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Bob-You she hear what she says about you…………………

      It definitely made the girls giggle!

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  45. maxpain7   April 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I agree with Brian Hanson

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  46. Michael Schultheiss   April 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    The animal is very obviously a coati, a cousin of the raccoon. I can tell by looking at the morphology of the head, which is quite distinctive in coatis. The wildlife biologist is wrong: based on the flexibility of the forepaws and the way the creature uses them, it cannot possibly be a canid.

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    • Final   April 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      I just looked up how coatis look like and I have to say I think you’re exactly correct. Someone must have taken one as an exotic pet and when it got the mange threw it out somewhere.

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  47. Dawg   April 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    If it’s mail, then it’s a Chupaca-bro! The female would have the bra.

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  48. chris   April 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    They can do a dna test and see what species it matches! May be the new winner of the “ugliest I think its a dog contest”

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  49. J C   April 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Who cares? I just read the article because we used to live in NM and heard about chupacabras.

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  50. martha   April 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Ears are to big for a raccoon!

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  51. Brian Hanson   April 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I have two pet raccoons and can tell by the ears,nose,feet and eyes that this animal is 100 % raccoon ..it either has mange or has a recessive hairless mutation causing it to not be able to grow hair much like a hairless rat or guinea pig and other animals. Get A DNA test and it will prove you have a Raccoon!

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    • chris wood   April 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I am with you Brian you can tell by the claws
      and the possible thumbs

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    • michael finn   April 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      You’re 100% right, Brian Hanson. I watch them eat outside my back door every evening. No, martha the ears are just right when you take away the hair. As for the growl, catch one in a trap sometime and let him get good and mad at you. You’ll think you got satan in a cage! Yes, 100% raccoon!

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  52. cookie   April 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    That is a dog with mange. It is so ignorant to believe in folk tales such as the existence
    chupacabras.

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  53. dog lover   April 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    it’s a baby— a poor baby animal trapped in a cage, and if it’s a carnivore, it needs a diet of better than corn. Get a veterinarian to look at it and if it has mange, get it treated. Mange is treatable and if left untreated, can cause a lot of suffering to the animal.

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  54. observer   April 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Look at the toes, the webbing is miniscule at best. To shallow for a dog, or coyote, or other canine. Even with mange.

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  55. Robert   April 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    It’s a friggin’ Raccoon with mange. Let it go.

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  56. Sammi   April 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Take that poor animal to a veterinarian. It’s a raccoon with mange.

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  57. Gordy Bell   April 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    It’s a coyote with mange

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  58. KH   April 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    He doesn’t belong in a zoo Veronica. He deserves the right to go right back where he came from & live his life…………..in the wild……….with his kind.

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  59. Carol Manglos   April 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Look up raccoons with mange…you will see the infamous “Chupacabra”

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  60. KH   April 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Hope they dont hurt the little guy! Needs to be set free, back in the wild, where he belongs…………………

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  61. Terisa   April 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    It’s a Mexican Hairless pup.

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  62. Veronica   April 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    looks to me like one of those rather strange almost bald dogs – but will they please get it to a zoo asap – we all want to know what this is !!!

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  63. Paul Hawkins   April 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    It’s a Chi-possum!

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