Photo: Carter Pope's "Chupacabra"
The notorious Chupacabra is dead!
At least, that’s what one Texas teen believes after landing three shots in an animal he saw not far form his La Salle, Texas home.
Carter Pop, 13, said he saw an odd looking animal outside his home on Sunday. Believing it to be the infamous blood-sucking beast that preys on livestock, Pope grabbed a rifle and said he shot the animal three times before it finally stopped moving.
“It just walked across and started shaking, slowly moving across. No hair at all on it. It’s back legs were shriveled up. I mean, I honestly think it’s a chupacabra,” Carter told local reporters.
The young teen said he then woke up his father, Will Pope, to show him the dead animal.
“I thought maybe I’m dreaming or this kid is crazy,” said Carter’s father. “But probably a little bit of both.”
Though Carter is certain this is beast of local legend, he has sent hair and skin samples to scientists for analysis.
Most animals claimed to be the Chupacabra are sick coyotes with severe mange, causing them to lose their hair, and appear like a strange new animal.
The Chupacabra or Chupacabras is a creature said to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated particularly with Puerto Rico (where it was first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities.
The name which translates literally from Spanish as “goat-sucker”, comes from its reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Sightings began in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s, and have since been reported as far north as the Carolinas and as far south as Chile.
Though some argue that the Chupacabra may be a real creature, mainstream scientists and experts generally contend that the Chupacabra is a legendary creature, or a type of urban legend.