Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 21st, 2009
Boy, am I tired of hearing people incorrectly use the word “Chupacabra,” instead of the right way of sharing what someone might wish to about the Chupacabras. I see the continued use of “Chupacabra” as a mix of laziness and xenophobia.
I talked about this way back when I first began writing at Cryptomundo in 2005, in my piece, “Chupawhat?”
Beside the fact that all the Chupacabras found in Texas turn out to be usually mangy canids (e.g., dogs, coyotes, foxes), the double insult these days is that they are also termed “Chupacabra.” Ugh.
Now one of these poor dead dogs has gone on exhibition. It was only a matter of time before this would happen. Oh well, now maybe someone can more definitely identify which breed it is.
Much like the Loch Ness monster, there’s the legend of the Chupacabra.
Is the creature real or fake?
One man says it does exist and he has proof.
Alex Dunbar takes a look.
The Chupacabra myth has been called “the Bigfoot of South America”. It’s said to be blood sucking animal that preys on livestock.
It’s seen in shaky internet video and police footage
It’s also in science fiction movies
And it’s even menaced Scooby Doo and the gang.
Now John Adolfi from Phoenix says he may have proof, “This chupacapra was found in Blanco, Texas, it was preserved, it was taxidermied immediately, it is in perfect condition.“
He didn’t want to reveal the whole thing yet because he’s showing it as an exhibit in the lost world museum in downtown Phoenix starting Sunday. He says It’s the only preserved Chupacabra in the United States.
He’s also displaying bones that may come from other Chupacabras, photos and other research.
Ron Giegerich is an expert on mammals at Suny Esf and is skeptical after looking at our pictures of Adolfi’s specimin, “I believe if some scientists did some dna analysis on this we might find out it’s just a domestic dog, possibly a mutt.“
Adolfi says he thinks there may be an explanation but there are too many strange characteristics to the sample to say what it is exactly, “This is probably a mutation or a cross breed of two animals but until we get more evidence for scientists to study we’re not going to know really.“
Even Ron Giegerich was intrigued, “Hearing that he’s got this mounted specimen, these other bones, possibly a skull, I would certainly be interested in taking a look.“
If you want to see the Chupacapra for yourself, the exhibit is open from 4-8pm on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in October—and of course on Halloween.Alex Dunbar
Hey, CNN, it’s Chupacabras. Hispanic America is the wave of the future, and it’s about time the media learned some of the basics about the proper name for Hispanic cryptids too.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.