The Unexplained Files: Chupacabras Cousin

Posted by: Ken Gerhard on August 27th, 2013

Tomorrow night @ 9pm EST, I will be appearing on a new television series called the Unexplained Files (Science Channel… a subsidiary of Discovery). The episode will focus on the mystery of the Texas Blue Dogs… formerly referred to as ‘Chupacabras’. Unfortunately, I may miss the episode, since I am not finding that particular channel on my cable package!

Episode 1 premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 9 PM EST
Also airs:
Thursday, August 29 at 12 AM EST
Friday, August 30 at 4 AM EST
Friday, August 30 at 10 PM EST
Saturday, August 31 at 1 AM EST
Sunday, September 1 at 5 AM EST

Valentich- Pilot Fred Valentich and his light aircraft disappeared without a trace from the skies above southern Australia in 1978.

Texas Blue Dogs – Since 2004 bizarre, hairless, blue-eyed and hunch-backed creatures have invaded Texas, attacking and mutilating livestock. They’ve been caught on camera and turned up as road kill – and one is even stuffed and mounted. Now there is evidence they are breeding and their population is set to explode. Scientists are mystified, the authorities are in denial. What are they?

Ken Gerhard About Ken Gerhard
Ken has investigated reports of mysterious beasts around the world including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, giant winged creatures and even werewolves. In addition to appearing in three episodes of the television series Monster Quest (History Channel), Ken is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well as Legend Hunters (Travel Channel/A&E), Paranatural (National Geographic), Ultimate Encounters (truTV) and William Shatner's Weird or What? (History Television). His credits include multiple appearances on Coast to Coast AM, major news broadcasts and Ireland’s Newstalk radio, as well as being featured in major books and in articles by the Associated Press, Houston Chronicle and Tampa Tribune. Ken is author of the books Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters and A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures, as well as the co-author of Monsters of Texas (with Nick Redfern) and has contributed to trade publications including Fate Magazine, Animals and Men, The Journal of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Bigfoot Times. He currently lectures and exhibits at events across America. Born on Friday the 13th of October, 1967 (exactly one week before the famous Patterson Bigfoot film was shot), Ken has traveled to twenty-six different countries on six continents and most of the United States. An avid adventurer, he has camped along the Amazon, explored the Galapagos, hiked the Australian Outback and has visited many ancient and mysterious sites, from Machu Pichu to Stonehenge.

3 Responses to “The Unexplained Files: Chupacabras Cousin”

  1. Ken Gerhard responds:

    While I realize that most crypto-enthusiasts shudder at any mention of the hairless, feral canids that have been popping up on newscasts over the past decade… and which the media have incorrectly labeled ‘Chupacabras,’ I would like to make a minor point or two. I agree that, in all probability these sickly animals are primarily coyotes that have been stricken with a condition known as sarcoptic mange which, in addition to causing their hair to fall out, causes their skin to take on a bluish hue and a texture that resembles an elephant’s hide. In addition, these weird predators seem to possess elongate fangs and a brazen disposition. But, there are a few interesting aspects to the situation that make for intriguing conversation. For example, what of the claims that these animals possess other physical abnormalities… disproportionate limbs, severe overbites, back humps, marsupial-like pouches, cataracts and missing nipples, for example. Many credible witnesses who, I’ve interviewed have pointed these characteristics out. And we are typically talking about skilled wildlife observers like ranchers and hunters. Some livestock owners have also insisted that these animals are blood-drinkers (unlikely I think), but within the realm of possibility if one considers that desperate animals often display unexpected behaviors or adaptations. Could we be witnessing a form of mutation/evolution unfolding right before our very eyes? Seemingly, most of the hotbeds where I’ve investigated numerous incidents seem to be in locales with air pollution problems. Though I agree that these animals are no longer elusive enough to be described as cryptids, I feel they are distinct enough to be given some consideration as a new ‘breed’ at the very least.

  2. alan borky responds:

    Ken hopefully someone’ll get round to makin’ a documentary about the COUSIN of the cousin of the chupacabra…

    A creature feared by the morbidly obese everywhere…

    The Chupa Cadburys!


  3. Mibs responds:

    I watched this tonight and found it compelling, however the part where the woman rancher claimed to get her own independent DNA samples confused me. At first she said her sources confirmed that it didn’t match any known animal. Well that’s a very layman way to describe a DNA analysis because all living animals whether their mollusks or river rats share DNA sequences to some measure. Later the narrator adds that the DNA made links to a Mexican wolf (which is a wolf just like in North America) and possibly a coyote. Both animals are canines so I am confused as to whose DNA analysis he was quoting.

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