I try not to spend too much time focusing on individuals who either (1) are yearning for attention or (2) have a screw loose, or possibly (3) both, but this one was too good to pass up.
Much has been made in cryptozoological circles of El Chupacabra, the "goat sucker," a canid cryptid that apparently first was mentioned in Puerto Rico about twenty years ago. Since that time, reports have come in from all over, largely concentrated in the southwestern United States, although there have been mentions of the beast from as far away as Siberia. Where there has been evidence, apart from eyewitness accounts and blurry photographs, the creature in question has always turned out to be a coyote or wolf, usually with mange (a condition that makes the affected individual lose patches of hair).
So, imagine my surprise when there was a story on the bizarre site Who Forted? wherein someone said that not only is El Chupacabra real, but he has one as a pet.
The gentleman in question, one Craig R. of San Diego, thinks his pet dog is a domesticated Chupacabra. Let's hear his argument:
Chupacabras are real..The "Xolo" he's talking about is short for Xoloitzcuintle, the so-called "Mexican Hairless Dog." Craig is right that despite the name, some members of the breed do have hair. But as far as his pet being an exact match for the fearsome goat-sucker, as he implies, let's look at an image of an alleged Chupacabra corpse:
I am sure there are generations of groups that have figured out how to live in the wild. The wild ones will of course have more exaggerated wild features.
Jack is a coated Xolo. 4 out of 5 in a litter are black skin and hairless. One out of 5 still have the black skin but they have coats (like Jack) and a full set of teeth (hairless ones are missing most of there [sic] teeth which explains the wild hairless Xolo feeding habits). Standard size of Xolo is 35 pounds. Jack is an intermediate 20 pounds. They have minis to that look like Chihuahuas.
So forget that Jack is not hairless and study the features of Jack. The paws….the teeth. Jack has elongated fangs. I play tough [sic] of war with them they are so long. Look at the nose, the head, the ears.
The Shorter front legs. The rabbit like hips.
He is pretty much a spitting image of the museum Chupacabras and pics.
I can even explain the padding on the hind end of the Texas one. They’re hip bone because he has rabbit like hips stick out on each side of the tale.
If its [sic] a wild one, they will need extra PADDING there to comfort from hard rocks and hard surface while sitting. Plus they wedge they’re hips with those bones against a vertical surface to help them curl up in a tight ball. So those pads are easily explainable...
Chupacabras are wild or feral Xolos that’s it.
Then, we have El Chupacabra, as artists have pictured it, from eyewitness testimony:
Then we have... Jack.
I don't know about you, but I'm just not seeing it.
Given that genetic testing on the small number of dead Chupacabras that have been recovered (including the one pictured above) have, one and all, shown them to be sick coyotes, I just don't think I'm ready to cast myself into Craig R.'s camp just yet. If there were any other evidence of wild packs of Xolos running around... but right now, that's it. Just his word, with an assurance that Jack is really a great deal fiercer than he looks.
Because, face it; doesn't Jack just look a little... cuddly to be labeled as a "goat-sucker?" If he really was a Chupacabra, you'd think that the general reaction would be running away screaming, while all I want to do is to skritch his head. But that's just me. I haven't, after all, played "tough of war" with him.
So, that's today's news from the cryptozoological world. Once again, a wild claim and nothing really much to back it up, but it's not like that's anything new. Who knows what's next? If this sets any kind of precedent, the next thing we know, we'll have the Yeti being characterized as "very much like a baby panda."