It is unclear where the exact origin of the term El Chupacabras originated from. Puerto Rican newspapers began using it in 1992, but the term may have been used in 1990 or earlier. The name translates literally into "goat sucker" or "the sucker of goats".
A chupacabras is a lizard or dog like being about three to four feet in height. It is hairless, having either a ridged spine or several sharp spines or quills running down it's back. The creature has also been reported to be kangaroo like and to hop while others claim it's a cross between a wild dog and a reptile. Reports have also identified it as a huge rat like creature while yet more have described it as a kin to gargoyles complete with wings. Still others claim it has extra terrestrial or alien origins. Most reports claim that it stands on two legs and has strange glowing red eyes.
Regardless of what it is, the Chupcabras has been terrorizing the Americas since the early nineties. It has been reportedly seen in Southern California, Texas, and even as far north as the Carolinas. Additionally it has been in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and as far south as Chile. The chupacabras, if it indeed exists, is supposedly responsible for livestock mutilations and the remains of bloodless corpses through out those areas.
In 2004, a few dog like creatures, most identified as coyotes or dogs with skin problems were shot or seen throughout Texas and classified as Chupacabras. It should be noted that these creatures reportedly didn't bleed when shot. Several pictures of them can be seen around the Internet for one to draw their own conclusions on if they are Chupacabras or wild dogs with skin conditions. And although no one knows how it got so far north, there have even been "Chupacabras" sightings in Michigan.
Lastly Chupacabras are rumored to have a paralytic gaze similar to a vampire. This reportedly allows the creature to take its time when it feeds.
- Michelle Consolo of Palm Springs, California on 2020-06-28 said:
- I have lived on Riverside Road and Sunrise for almost 1 year and I've seen it three times. I believe I've seen two different ones and the latest one I saw was yesterday. Both my husband and I witnessed it. It is definitely afraid of people and is living in the wash.
- the question of denver, Colorado on 2019-03-02 said:
- if the first apperance of the chupacabra was in puerto rico, how did it get to cali?
- Jojo of Upland, California on 2012-09-03 said:
- I work for the LA County Fair. I was driving to my orientation when on Fairplex Drive I saw a strange looking dog/goat. It had the body of a bony greyhound, but the ears and face of a goat. My friend who also works security there told me that Securitas has been trying to catch it for 3 months. They say that it can outrun the animal control, despite the fact that it looks starved. They recently caught it, and said "We have no idea what this thing is. It looks like a dog mated with a coyote." Creepy stuff..
- ronnie of hesperia, california on 2009-09-12 said:
- I was comming back up 138 and turned on to summit valley road going towards my home late at night a buddy and I seen somthing what looked like a leatery looking dog that kind of ran more like a rabbit not to much out of the ordinary just odd seeing somthing like that probley couldent weigh more than 30 to 45lbs
- link of Oakland, California on 2007-12-05 said:
- i've read that the military does experiments on cow blood because its hemoglobins are extremely identical to humans, and they can apparently never have too much blood. the mutilated corpses are often found completely drained of blood, injured consistent with being dropped from some type of aircraft, and having surgical removal of eyes, glands, etc. with medical technology unknown to the american public. the legends then would be a logical superstitious folk explanation for the serial consistency of the physical evidence that is piling up(literally). thank you.
- The Field Guide to North American Monsters (1998) by Blackman, W. Haden, p: 81 - 82
- Cryptozoology A To Z (1999) by Coleman, Loren and Clark, Jerome
- Weird California (2006) by Greg Bishop, Joe Oesterle, Mike Marinacci, p: 97 - 99
Last Edited: 2006-06-27