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El Chupacabras De Mayo

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 5th, 2011


Today is El Cinco De Mayo (“The Fifth of May” in Spanish), which commemorates the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Many cities with significant Mexican and Chicano populations throughout the United States schedule special events on the 5th of May. It has been embraced as a day to celebrate Latino culture throughout Hispanic America, which, of course, today covers all of North America, as well. Therefore, in my tip of the hat to El Cinco De Mayo, today we celebrate El Chupacabras De Mayo, in honor of the beginning of the season for Chupacabras sightings.

Below is a copy of the original drawing describing one of the first sightings of El Chupacabras (“The Goatsucker”) from Puerto Rico.

My personal favorite quotation is this often-noted response I gave to a question from ABC News about the new cryptid.

Chupacabras: “It’s sort of like Jennifer Lopez, kind of cross-cultural.” – Loren Coleman, 1999.

Interested in viewing more of JLo, and knowing why using “Chupacabra” is just so wrong (in spite of Ben Radford)? See “Chupawhat?”.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

14 Responses to “El Chupacabras De Mayo”

  1. shumway10973 responds:

    I think old “Chupi” is cuter than lopez. It’s definitely plays harder to get.

  2. daledrinnon responds:

    Chupacabras is unfortunately a catchall term for many kinds of cryptids. My first recollection of anything of the nature was from a FOAF report in the Southwest, and the animal being blamed for sheep mutilations was a giant iguana type (or “Small dinosaur/Mini-rex”): I reported this to the SITU in the ’70’s, shortly after joining. I have heard of the Iguana Chupas later–personally I think that’s where the back spines came from–but other Chupas include anything from mangy dogs to giant Vampire bats.

    As well as the ?amphibious humanoid type illustrated.

  3. mystery_man responds:

    Have chupacabras been documented to wear clothes like that? I think the picture is fake… oh wait… the BOTTOM picture is the chupacabras! Sorry! 🙂

  4. Rillo777 responds:

    Frankly, I think this whole post was just an excuse for Loren to show off his Jennifer Lopez autographed picture as well as some great cleavage. It is highly appreciated!!!

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    Sorry to disappoint you, Rillo777, but that is an album cover, not a JLo autographed photo in my collection. I figure there’s no pic of Ms. Lopez that would not be appropriate to celebrate today.

    ?But I’m surprised those interested in that part of my posting here haven’t gone to my revised “Chupawhat?” blog to view the surprise to be found there!

  6. iftheshoefits responds:

    I am very grateful that you included the link Loren.Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  7. traveler responds:

    Um….any more of those links?

  8. Remus responds:

    mystery_man –


  9. Bob Michaels responds:

    I think J.Lopez makes the ideal female Sasquatch, we now know it exists.

  10. Rillo777 responds:

    Loren you were right. That was a fascinating blog.

    And the stuff on the Chupacabras was good, too!

  11. rosso responds:

    Whether it is real or made up -aside from my christian beliefs- I think is great. We do not need no one else’s monsters, we latin-americans have one of our own!

  12. Loren Coleman responds:

    I’ll retain some comments from the past, for your enjoyment.

  13. JungleHusky responds:

    Aside from the vast disparity in comments in relation to other posts on this article… I doubt a Chupacabra would make a good talent judge unless it was for a Cryptid competition.

  14. Loren Coleman responds:

    What “vast disparity in the comments in relation to other posts on this article”? “Differences” do not always translate into “vast.” Regarding the choice between “Chupacabras” and “Chupacabra”? What do you really mean by this?

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