Real or Not?
The chupacabra is a cryptid whose name means goat sucker (chupar means suck and cabra means goat). The name is due to the animals "habit" of sucking the blood from goats. Sightings indicate that it is roughly the size of a small bear with spines along its back, a forked tongue and longer hind legs than front legs.
We don't know much about this creature, but in sightings the witnesses say that the animal jumped twenty feet in the air (6.096 meters). They also say when the animal is alarmed it hisses and screeches. When it screeches, witnesses say that the creature's eyes glow an eerie red giving the witness nausea.
In the first report in March 1995 in Puerto Rico, eight sheep were discovered dead each with three puncture wounds in the chest, completely drained of blood. Many reports followed, going as far south as Chile and as far north as Maine, including Russia and the Philippines. Then in 2004 Reggie Lagow caught an animal in a trap he had set up after a number of deaths of his chickens and turkeys. Once the DNA results were in, it pointed to a coyote with a severe case of mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites. In the end we this cryptid is still out there in legends, real or not.
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