Chupacabra Fever

November, 2009 by Ray Bendici
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Okay, I've been meaning to post write about the rash of chupacabra news over the last few weeks, but I got busy with Halloween-type things, so here's a make up. First off, I assume if you're reading this blog, you are familiar with the story of "el chupacabra," a.k.a. "the goatsucker." In a nutshell: The first stories of a mystery beast attacking goats and draining them of their blood came in the late 1980s-early 1990s from Latin America -- Puerto Rico and Mexico, in particular, seemed like chupacabra hotbeds. Since then, the legend of the chupacabra has grown and spread like wildfire across the globe, inspiring dozens of toys, books and of course, movies! Over the years, there have been numerous sightings, including this piece of video -- if you haven't seen, it was taken last year in Texas by a police deputy who was driving along a back road when he saw an odd creature running along the roadside and activated his dashboard camera. Run Chupa, run! It subsequently was  "identified" as a pit bull of sorts, although the biologist who analyzed the tape didn't seem to be 100 percent sure about what breed it was. "The probability of it being a mixed breed dog is higher than anything else," he said. chupacabra Anyway, the story of the chupacabra only continues to grow, and just a few weeks ago came this story about an alleged chupacabra caught and stuffed in Texas. There's been a lot of speculation as to what exactly this specimen is -- some think it's a mutant variety of coyote; others suggest that it's a type of Xolo, a hairless Mexican dog. Supposedly, hair and tissue samples were taken of the creature and sent out for analysis, although before too much analysis could be done, the specimen was sold to -- of all places -- The Lost World Museum in Phoenix, New York. And this is where the story gets really weird -- as if a tale about a mystery blood-sucking cryptodog carcass could get odder -- it's a creationist museum!
From the story: Chupacabra or not, museum owner John Adolfi wanted to exhibit the beast as an example of the fallibility of science. His Lost World Museum (named after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel in which dinosaurs still exist) features items and artifacts that he believes proves that scientists don't have all the answers. A creationist, Adolfi believes that the Earth was created 6,000 to 10,000 years ago by God. He believes that by displaying the chupacabra, he will cast doubt on the credibility of mainstream scientists: If scientists scoff at the chupacabra's existence, could they be wrong about evolution and the age of the Earth?
Well, if it does turn out that the chupacabra somehow proves creationism, that would just ... suck. In the meantime, we'll post any new news we hear about el chupacabra.

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