El Chupacabra may not be just a legend, if we’re to believe a family in Texas that has captured what it claims to be the mythical, bloodsucking, ugly thing.
Sunday night, Arlen Parma called his wife Jackie Stock outside to look at what he found in their tree in Ratcliffe, Texas.
“He called me to come and look, and I said, ‘Bubba, that looks like a baby chupacabra,’” she said, according to KABC.
The descriptions of the creature over the years are not far off from the animal that was found in Stock and Parma’s yard. The small, canine-like animal with claws and fangs sits back on its hind legs and eats with its hands.
As legend has it, ”El Chupacabra” (“goat sucker”) is a small, beastly creature that has been described to look like a kangaroo or deformed coyote with fangs. The legend took off when goats and other animals started turning up dead, blood drained, and fully intact in Puerto Rico in the 1990s.
Parma is convinced that the creature he captured may in fact be the chupacabra.
“I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t never seen nothing looks like that right there,” he said. “A coon don’t make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does, I don’t know.”
Wildlife expert Brent Ortego is crashing the party, unconvinced that this critter is a chupacabra. Ortego, who is a wildlife diversity biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, believes that the creature is some sort of canine.
“It’s never been proven to be a unique species. It was always something out there that allegedly either caused harm or threatened to cause harm to people or their livestock,” Ortega says about it.
Chupacabra or not? Watch the video below and decide.