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Encounters with Chupacabras

Meetings with the frightening, ravenous and elusive "goat sucker"

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All the better to eat you with, my dear.

A popular image of "chupacabras," based on descriptions, although it is almost certainly a fake.

~ Creator/photographer unknown

It's not often that a new monster comes along. Bigfoothas been around for centuries, and sightings of the Loch Ness Monstermay go as far back as the 6th century. The strange creature known as el chupacabras (the goat sucker), however, seems to be a relatively recent arrival. This vicious little thing entered the lexicon of monsters in 1975 when it slaughtered several farm animals in Puerto Rico. It really earned its reputation in the 1990s when the attacks intensified in both frequency and scope. In some attacks, according to the reports, hundreds of animals were killed at a time - goats, chickens, ducks, dogs - chupacabras had an appetite for them all.

The sightings of the three-foot-tall, sharp-toothed, blazing-eyed monster started in Puerto Rico, but soon spread to Central America, the Southern United States and appeared most prominently in South America where it continues to be reported in Chile.

Reports of creatures that fit the chupacabras description, in whole or in part, have come in to this website from all over. People are seeing strange things perched in trees, hiding in bushes and lurking in alleyways. We cannot say for sure, of course, if what they are seeing is really el chupacabras (if indeed the monster exists at all), but there are striking consistencies in the look and behavior of these sighted creatures.

These are just some of the stories that have been sent my way:

Maryland - One night in 2000, Mary C. and a friend were driving down a road they had traveled many times before. "It was mostly dark except for a couple of lights that guided the way," Mary said. "To the side of this street is a fairly wooded area with an open sewer line about a mile away."

As they reached the end of the street, Mary's attention wasdrawn by a pair of "glowing eyes." At first she naturally assumed it was a dog or cat, the eyes of which commonly reflect brightly in headlights. The eyes were staring out of a hollowed-out tree that Mary knew since childhood. Then something unexpected happened. "As we approached the tree," Mary said, "whatever it was began to hop across the street like a kangaroo, but extremely fast."

Unfortunately, Mary's friend didn't see the unusual sight, so Mary shrugged it off as possibly an injured dog. She might have forgotten about the incident had she not seen the creature again a few nights later. "We were headed for that [same] street again on our way to a friend's house. Lo and behold, [the creature] came from the same tree and rapidly darted past the car. Only this time we both saw it. It had back legs like a kangaroo's, even the forelegs were up like a kangaroo's. This thing was no kangaroo. It had a snout resembling an anteater's and very red eyes gleaming in the light. As it crossed the street, it stared at the car, probably in fear, seeing as how it ran the last time it saw the car. It was hairy like a rat and it stood about thee to four feet high as it hopped. I don't know what it was, but I have never seen any animal around here that looked like that and neither had my friend."

New Jersey - It was on a golf course in Brigantine in 2000 where "Skapunk" and a friend had their sighting. His friend saw the little animal first, moving in the weeds. "He yelled at it and it stood straight up," Skapunk said. "It was about three feet tall with spikes on its back."

Later that year, another friend was startled by an unknown creature - again at the same golf course. Skapunk and a few other friends went to investigate. "Rich was flashing his light around and he caught two big red eyes. What we [saw] was crouched, then stood up and ran. We found the footprints in the sand traps on the golf course. We know it wasn't a fox. It had two big sharp claws in the front and a very small palm."

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