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Has The Legendary Chupacabra Been Found?

Whoo-hoo, Texas has video of the

Chupacabra

! And it’s coming at you from a Dewitt County deputy-in-training who filmed the animal near Cuero, the site of multiple chupacabra sightings, so you know it’s true.

Cpl. Brandon Riedel told CNN he was patrolling back roads last week when he ran into a hairless animal with short front legs, long back legs and a long snout face like a feral hog. “I knew it wasn’t a coyote.” The deputy turned on his dash-camera and followed the suspected chupacabra for a while until it ran off into the brush.

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For the uniformed, the chupacabra is an as-of-yet unidentified species of wild animal, described as resembling a big dog or small bear (depending on who’s telling the story), who kills cows, horses, and other livestock. But here’s the creepy part – it kills them by sucking all their blood out, leaving a dry carcass. Think of a vampire coyote on steroids.

Skeptics call the chupacabra a myth, saying it’s just deformed coyote or an over-amped wild dog, but reports are pretty consistent and it’s hard to argue with bloodless goats and horses scattered around farm yards. And lots of ranchers believe the stories, whispering about the chupacabra when they’re sitting around the camp fire at night and scaring the bejezus out of each other.

Oh, and one more factoid: we can blame Mexico for the chupacabra. The animal was first seen south of the Rio Grande, where it sucked livestock to death on a regular basis before crossing the border and moving into Texas. (Damn immigrants.)

Olivia Flores Alvarez

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