Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 15th, 2013
A Mississippi man shot a strange creature he believes to be a chupacabra — a legendary creature that most experts believe to be nothing but a myth.
Matthew Harrell of Leake County killed the bizarre-looking animal Wednesday morning while “coon hunting” in a chicken coop.
“My neighbor said the creature had killed three of his chickens,” the 28-year-old told The Huffington Post. “I thought it was a coon at first.”
That opinion changed after he saw the bizarre animal’s red glowing eyes.
“This one just wasn’t lunging. He was down like a cat,” Harrell told WJTV-TV. “When I was standing right yonder, he hit right here. And I was seeing the teeth and red eyes. It looked like he was going to jump down there and i didn’t give him the chance.”
The animal Harrell shot is almost without hair and its nails are longer than what most dogs would have on its paws.
It’s unlike any other creature seen in the area.
Harrell and his neighbors believe the animal is a chupacabra, a so-called mythical creature that allegedly kills animals and then sucks their blood.
However, local animal officials told WJTV that it’s probably just a mangy dog or coyote.
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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.