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The chupacabra or chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], literally “goat-sucker”; from chupar, “to suck”, and cabra, “goat”) is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, including goats.
Eyewitness sightings have been claimed in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile, and even being spotted outside the Americas in countries like Russia and the Philippines, but many of the reports have been disregarded as uncorroborated or lacking evidence. Sightings in northern Mexico and the southern United States have been verified as canids afflicted by mange. According to biologists and wildlife management officials, the chupacabra is an urban legend.
Chupacabras can be literally translated as “goat-sucker”, from chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”). It is known as both chupacabras and chupacabra throughout the Americas, with the former being the original word, and the latter a regularization of it. The name is attributed to Puerto Rican comedian Silverio Pérez, who coined the label in 1995 while commenting on the attacks as a San Juan radio deejay.
Attack in Valle de Bravo, Mexico “revives” the legend of the Chupacabras
In mid-1996, one of the main topics of conversation in Mexico was the appearance of a strange creature that sucked the blood of horses, chickens, sheep, and pigs, although its favorites were goats, hence its name.
The Chupacabra was described as a short alien with red, bulging eyes, pointed ears, spikes on its back, long fangs, and claws with which it captured its victims. Some said it was half man and half-bat, that it jumped like a kangaroo and even flew.
VALLE DE BRAVO Mexico (Times Media Mexico) – Mauricio Osorio Domínguez, mayor of Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, reported that the body of a 54-year-old taxi driver, with deep wounds and torn clothing, was found on March 1. The cause of death was the attack of a “carnivorous and dangerous” animal. Immediately after the announcement, fear spread among the population, to the extent that basic education classes have been suspended.
While research suggests that the attack was perpetrated by a lion or a Bengal tiger that allegedly escaped from a nearby ranch, the mayor also does not rule out that it was caused by some other type of big cat or a pack of wild dogs that live in the forest area.
This mystery has intrigued many people on social networks, who published various hypotheses, including, of course, the legend of the “Chupacabras.”
‘Not One Drop Of Blood’: Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon
In the early morning light, dust from hooves creates a fog at Silvies Valley Ranch in remote eastern Oregon. Cowboys whistle and talk low to their eager herding dogs. They’re moving the cattle from one vast, sage-studded range to another.
Five young purebred bulls mysteriously showed up dead on the ranch this past summer 2019, drained of blood and with body parts precisely removed.
The ranch’s vice president, Colby Marshall, drives his truck down a U.S. Forest Service road.
“Then we’ll get out and take a little walk to where one of the bulls was found. And the carcass is still there,” Marshall says.
Coming upon one of the dead bulls is an eerie scene. The bull looks like a giant, deflated plush toy. It smells. Weirdly, there are no signs of buzzards, coyotes or other scavengers. His red coat is as shiny as if he were going to the fair, but he’s bloodless and his tongue and genitals have been surgically cut out.
Finding these young Herefords in this remote country can sometimes take the ranch’s experienced cowboys days. Ranch staff members are now required to ride in pairs and are encouraged to carry arms.
“It’s rugged,” Marshall says. “I mean this is the frontier. If some person, or persons, has the ability to take down a 2,000-pound range bull, you know, it’s not inconceivable that they wouldn’t have a lot of problems dealing with a 180-pound cowboy.”
Harney County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Jenkins has been working the cattle cases and has gotten dozens of calls from all over offering tips and suggestions.
“A lot of people lean toward the aliens,” Jenkins says. “One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height.”
Two years ago and 200 miles south, near New Princeton, Ore., one of Andie Davies’ cows was also found cut up and bloodless.
She and her husband drove concentric circles around the corpse, but they never found any tracks.
And in this dusty country, “everything you do leaves tracks,” Davies says.
Back in the 1980s, one of Terry Anderson’s mother cows was mysteriously killed overnight. Standing at his ranch near Pendleton, Ore., Anderson points to the exact spot where he found her on top of a mountain.
He remembers his cow lying dead, her udder removed with something razor sharp.
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“And not one drop of blood anywhere,” Anderson says.
He has never gotten over it.
“It’s just left a really strange feeling with me since that day. You can’t explain it,” Anderson says. “And, you know, no one else has been able to explain it.”
The Harney County Sheriff’s Office continues to field calls on the killings. And Silvies Valley Ranch has put up a $25,000 reward for information that could solve the case.