The chupacabra monster is way more sad than scary

The legend of this ‘monster’ has been around awhile and perpetrated mostly by people who see only what they want to see, instead of seeing what is there:

The chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], from chupar “to suck” and cabra “goat”, literally “goat sucker”), is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities.

The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the chupacabras as a contemporary legend.

Or how about a sad scientific diseased animal?


That works too:

As Halloween approaches, tales of monsters and creepy crawlies abound. Among the most fearsome is the legendary beast known as the chupacabras. But the real fiend is not the hairless, fanged animal purported to attack and drink the blood of livestock; it’s a tiny, eight-legged creature that turns a healthy, wild animal into a chupacabras, says University of Michigan biologist Barry OConnor.

The existence of the chupacabras, also known as the goatsucker, was first surmised from livestock attacks in Puerto Rico, where dead sheep were discovered with puncture wounds, completely drained of blood. Similar reports began accumulating from other locations in Latin America and the U.S. Then came sightings of evil-looking animals, variously described as dog-like, rodent-like or reptile-like, with long snouts, large fangs, leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and a nasty odor. Locals put two and two together and assumed the ugly varmints were responsible for the killings.

Scientists studied some of the chupacabras carcasses and concluded that the dreaded monsters actually were coyotes with extreme cases of mange—a skin condition caused by mites burrowing under the skin. OConnor, who studies the mites that cause mange, concurs and has an idea why the tiny assailants affect wild coyotes so severely, turning them into atrocities.

So of you ever happen to run into one of these monsters, word of advise?

Don’t be terrified. Instead, perhaps be respectful and kind, for what you see…?

Is not a monster at all, but merely an average animal in deep suffering and like so many ‘monster’ of legends past…

Much like Frankenstein, perhaps all this creature needs is a bit of understanding.

Couldn’t hurt, could it?

Something to think about.

2 comments on “The chupacabra monster is way more sad than scary

  1. It made me sad more then I thought it would .
    The transformation from being accepted as one of us , because we do accept the regular looking animals as one of “us” to monster who deserve to be isolated and seen as a terrifying being and not as a sick, frighten poor animal is journey of the loneliest. The life of being separated ,different , hurt and unable to change back. Being different is always seen wrong.
    Not belonging to the group can give you the heart and better understanding of the nature. Of course as a coyote it make you a famous legend . I did say I was introspective tonight. :)

    • Normally I love this legend as well. Being from Texas when its myth runs rife here…Kinda a must. I must say though, reading this tonight it made me very sad. The article (more than what I posted on the blog) really went in depth into how painful this type of condition could be. The more I read, the more I thought on how horrible it must be for THEM not to be able to find a relief and because of their condition the type of treatment they are subjected too. It just made me sad. Sad for them. Sad for US that we can take a living creatures suffering and turn it into a form of entertainment for US. *shrugs*Deep thoughts on my part as well tonight, it seems…Gah. I hate when that happens.

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