Kentucky 'Chupacabra' Identified

Not so fast, of course.  As I posted, this particular critter is a raccoonand that has now been confirmed.  More importantlywe are observing hairless critters and this largely authenticates the hairlesscoyote we have examples of.  Perhaps wecan now rid ourselves of these stand ins for the Chupacabra mystery.

A Chupacabra feeds on blood.  Coyotes, dogs and raccoons explicitly do not.  The hairless mystery is not a mystery blood sucker.

The Chupacabra conforms plausiblyto a large vampire bat whose smaller cousins do exist.  It also conforms to the sculptures ofgargoyles, likely modeled on a dead specimen.

The existence of such crittersanswers the cattle mutilation problem and other incidents that have come intothe record.  Rare eye witness reportsagain confirm a bat like creature, large in size, but still within the aerodynamicenvelope.

As I have posted before we weredown to two mysteries rather than one and one of those is now solved.

Scientists Solve Chupacabra Mystery

Animal Shot In Nelson CountyNot Legendary Chupacabra

POSTED:3:32 pm EST January 3, 2011

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Biologists have anatomically confirmed that ahairless animal shot by a man in Nelson County nearly two weeksago is not a chupacabra.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officialssaid the hairless animal is actually a hairless raccoon.

The mythical chupacabra has been a mystery since1995, with sightings reported all over the United States, from Texas to Maine. The legend saysthe elusive dog-like creature attacks livestock, bleeding them dry of blood --their favorite being goats.

Despite the identification, scientists are stillinterested in studying the animal further because this kind of hairless animalis becoming more common in Kentucky.

Scientists have taken samples from the Nelson Countyanimal to send for further study at an outside laboratory.
Biologists said the animal has a skin disordercausing it to have no hair.

Many animals suspected to be chupacabras in theWest turned out to be coyotes with mange, scientists said. In Kentucky,wildlife officials said those hairless animals are usually raccoons sufferingfrom a skin disorder similar to the Nelson County raccoon.

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