Puerto Rico: The Chupacabra Returns

El Nuevo Día reports that “The chupacabras returns” [Regresa el chupacabras]. Recent attacks on a rabbit-breeding ranch in a remote area of the Cubuy district in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, which left 12 rabbits dead, have rekindled rumors of the mythical monster, “el chupacabra” [literally, the “goat sucker”]. The events have generated an investigation by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.

Memories of the chupacabra or chupacabras have been brought back due to the nature of the attacks. In both instances, the animals were not eaten. Farm owner Moisés García says, “There was no blood anywhere, as if the animals had not bled.” The rabbits were dead but their white fur remained spotless. The cages, which were reinforced with zinc, wood, and thick wire, were ripped and appeared to dented, as if a large animal had jumped up on them repeatedly. García says that on the night of the first attack, his uncle heard the cry of rabbits, but thought there were two males fighting; however, recalling that evening, his uncle said that “the sound was like when these animals are slaughtered.” The young man noticed that almost 12 hours after death, the rabbits were not stiff: “They were flexible, as if they were alive.” These are the same features found by veterinarian Carlos Soto in some of the autopsies he performed on many animals that were found dead in suspicious circumstances in the 1990s.

García explains in an interview that bits of fur left on the cages are leading some exerts to think that the attack may have been inflicted by monkeys. As we have mentioned in previous posts,  due to U.S. experimentation centers established in Puerto Rico in the 60s and 70s, two species of primates currently thrive on the island of Puerto Rico: rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and patas monkeys (Erythrocebus patas). Many of these monkeys escaped into the wild and during the last few decades the monkeys have caused problems in the area, plaguing farmers and worrying public health and environmental officials [see Monkey Breeding and Experimentation in Puerto Rico]. (However, it is highly improbable that these monkeys could have turned to blood-sucking and preying on other animals).

Mayor of Canovanas, José “Chemo” Soto said that this and other incidents reported recently are very similar in nature to the numerous killings attributed to the chupacabra. He strongly believes that it is in fact the chupacabra and Cubuy residents agree. For many years, the mayor led the search of the mythical chupacabra in his hometown. Soto recalls, “There were many complaints and people were not sleeping peacefully at night. I led the first expedition in 1995. [There were many incidents] every day, in 95, 96, 97, and 98. Around October 5, 1995, it began to kill animals all over the place. In November, it was particularly beastly.” For years, Soto was interviewed by numerous media and program producers who consider him an authority on the subject.

The Skeptic’s Dictionary explains: “The chupacabra (“goat sucker”) is an animal said to be unknown to science and systemically killing animals in places like Puerto Rico, Miami, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico. The creature’s name originated with the discovery of some dead goats in Puerto Rico with puncture wounds in their necks and their blood allegedly drained. According to UFO Magazine (March/April 1996) there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of animal mutilations in Puerto Rico attributed to the chupacabra. Some witnesses have seen a small half-alien, half-dinosaur tailless vampire with quills running down its back; others have seen a panther like creature with a long snake-like tongue; still others have seen a hopping animal that leaves a trail of sulfuric stench. Some think it may be a type of dinosaur heretofore unknown. Some are convinced that the wounds on animals whose deaths have been attributed to the chupacabra indicate an alien presence.”

For full article (in Spanish) and video interview, see http://www.elnuevodia.com/devueltaelespectrodelchupacabras-747577.html

For more information on the chupacabra, see http://www.skepdic.com/chupa.html

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