In the rural town of Ratcliffe, Texas, a couple believes they caught a mythical chupacabra.
According to numerous reports, Bubba Stock captured the creature on Sunday evening. The creature was eating corn in a tree at the time. Bubba’s wife, Jackie Stock, told local media outlet ABC7, “He told me to come look, and I said, ‘Bubba, that looks like a baby chupacabra.'”
The captured animal is hairless, blue-eyed, and growls.
KFOR-TV reported that Wildlife Diversity Biologist Brent Ortego thinks the creature is a dog or coyote with mange, a skin disease that causes animals to lose hair. Others have said the creature is likely a raccoon. But many Ratcliffe residents believe it could be an actual chupacabra.
According to local reports, resident Arlen Parma is puzzled by the animal’s growl.
“A raccoon don’t make that noise, or a possum,” Parma contended. “What makes that noise? I guess a Chupacabra does, I don’t know.”
Nutritionist Phylis Canion told the Huffington Post that she hopes to conduct a DNA test on the creature to definitively identify what species it is.
“There’s no hair on it, but it’s definitely not infected with mange,” Canion said. “There are no sores, or raw skin. It’s very docile and a sick animal is a mean animal.”
The chupacabra myth became famous in the twentieth century, after reports of a mysterious animal drinking the blood of sheep.
In September 2013, Breitbart News reported on another incident, where a Mississippi man claimed to have shot a chupacabra. In that case, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks dismissed the animal, calling it a coyote with the mange.
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