Chupacabras For Sale…

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 29th, 2006

The San Diego CityBEAT reports that apparently you can’t list a Chupacabra for sale in the San Diego Union-Tribune.


A mix of boredom and curiosity drove Tony Phillips, author of a local blog, Fifth Avenue Gazette, to send in the following classifieds ad to the Union-Tribune:

“CHUPACABRAS 3 neutered males, 2 spayed female pups, lovable, good with children. Free to good home.”

A chupacabra, for the uninformed, is a blood-sucking creature of dubious existence known to target animals.

Phillips received confirmation that the ad would be published, and his account was debited $45. He told his readers to look for the ad in the March 17 issue of the paper, just after the listing for Chiuauas. “I sincerely doubt that anyone… will catch the fact that the chupacabra is not a breed of toy dog,” he wrote.

Alas, the ad didn’t appear. He contacted the U-T and received this response:

“At this time we do not have a classification that is suitable to advertise ‘mythical creatures that suck blood from goats’—even if they are neutered and spayed. We have no plans to include such a classification in the future. I’m sorry you were displeased. Thank you for the ‘test’—we all had a good laugh. Your $45 payment will be credited back to your account.”

Craigslist, on the other hand, ran the ad, along with the photo shown here. Phillips said that, so far, he’s received “five serious inquiries and only four notes of disgust,” one of which accused him of conspiring with the devil in order to create such a fiendish pet.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

11 Responses to “Chupacabras For Sale…”

  1. fuzzy responds:

    HA HA Ha Ha Haaaa…

  2. shovethenos responds:

    Since someone brought up chupacabras I remember that there was a theory that it could be a surviving dinosaur or bird relative. I remember seeing a pretty good, detailed drawing of the most likely candidate and it did look pretty close to some of the eyewitness descriptions. I’ve been trying to locate that picture on-line but I haven’t been able to, does anyone have a link to that picture, or even the name of the dinosaur species that is the subject of the theory? (As an aside I am pretty skeptical of the chupacabras phenomenon, but the theory is interesting, especially with the prominence of feathered serpents in Central and South American mythology and legend.)

  3. Mnynames responds:

    The usual candidates for evolving into bipedal lizard men are Stenonychosaurus (A la Paleontologist Dale Russel), Troodon (Saw this one mentioned as an ancestor for either the Lizard Men and/or Grey Aliens), or the ever-ubiquitous Raptors of various breeds.

    A web site proposing that the Dinosaurs DID develop intelligence can be found here.

    I just have to add, what sort of mindset must someone be in to not even consider that such an ad was a fake, especially with the picture? It boggles the mind, for those who have them…

  4. shovethenos responds:


    Thanks. Still haven’t been able to find the picture I’m looking for. It was a detailed, black and white drawing of one of the smaller bipedal dinosaurs depicting it with feathers in several places, like a crest, etc. I know its posted online somewhere, I just haven’t been able to find it again. I think someone posted or linked it during a chupacabra conversation.

  5. Mnynames responds:

    Don’t think I’ve seen that one then. While we’re on the subject though, has anyone else noticed the resemblance between Dale Russel’s Dinosauroid and the Sleestak from Land Of The Lost?

  6. CryptoInformant responds:

    Just as an interesting thought, it turns out that “Stenonychosaurus” is NOT valid. I agree that feathered serpents are common in Central American lore, and these may have gone south from North America during an Ice Age.

  7. Mnynames responds:

    Stenonychosaurus is not valid? Details! Details!

  8. TerraTerror responds:

    I believe the chupacabra to be an alien. Since in some reports, the government comes in and tries to hide the evidence. When the government tries hiding something, it’s usually extraterrestrial.

  9. Mnynames responds:

    That’s an interesting supposition. I think that there are many natural, albeit poorly understood, explanations for UFO’s, but remain a supporter of the ET hypothesis in some cases. Government collusion has yet to be proven to me, although it is a well known fact, based on recent FOIA releases, that government agencies in the US, Canada, and the UK have been far more interested in UFO’s than they’ve publically maintained.

    What of the theory that Chupacabras represent some sort of Mer-Being or Aquatic Ape?

  10. Billirubin responds:

    I think the Chupacabra is a vampire bat, oversized, deformed, diseased, mutated, injured, or maybe a new flightless variety. If you think about its feeding habits, and it’s range (areas known to have vampire bats) that would be the most logical answer.

  11. Troodon56 responds:

    @shovethenos, I think you might be referring to the dinosaur Troodon. And was this the picture?

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