If You Can’t Trap the Chupacabra, Breed It?


Clearly, the chupacabra(s) has made its rounds. First spotted in the Puerto Rican countryside almost 20 years ago, the chupacabra has appeared from Chile to Maine with some brief stints in Australia, Russia, and the Philippines.

Apparently, it’s either particularly fond of Texas or has some unfinished blood-sucking business there because it reappears somewhere in Texas every couple of years, most recently roaming the backyards of some gated communities in the Houston area.

Animal control has reassured residents that this is not the mythical monster, but some wolf-coyote hybrid or perhaps a domesticated dog and either wolf or coyote mix (take your pick). Clearly, some people have too much time on their hands and/or some peculiar and disturbing (inter)breeding hobbies. In any case, this has yet to convince some Houston-area residents who are busy setting traps and cages in their backyards to capture the legendary creature despite the real dangers that catching whatever this animal is might entail.

The chupacabra made its debut in Puerto Rico in March of 1995, first when it drained the blood of 8 sheep and then a few months later when it escalated its attack to some 150 farm animals. Back in 1995, according to the description of the original eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, “el chupacabras” was more reptile-like, alienish even.

Tolentino’s sketch of the chupacabra

Then again, investigators later discovered Tolentino had seen the movie, Species, before her sighting of the chupacabra, so that could have something to do with it, or it could’ve escaped from the rainforest, El Yunque, as part of a secret experiment conducted by the Americans as others have suggested. Either or.

The real challenge nowadays, however, is not capturing the chupacabra, but breeding it. It appears that it has become the regular pastime of some to bring to life their version of the chupacabra to then set it free and report sightings of it, which explains the strange hybrids that pop up every so often in Texas. This, of course, is nothing new, but when they start to pop up in your neighbors’ backyards…well, that poses some new challenges, doesn’t it. These new chupacabras are nothing like Tolentino’s version. Well, not yet anyway.

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