Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kentucky Chupacabra

Here's an interesting video about a Kentucky Chupacabra:

That's how it works in Kentucky. None of that, "We saw a monster and ran" nonsense. In the Kentucky woods it's, "We saw a monster and shot the sucker." I know that's what my family would do.

For me, this video has put the possibility of a chupacabra back on the table (not as some supernatural goatsucker, but as a potentially real new species or sub-species). Authorities were dismissing the chupacabra as merely coyotes with mange. This latest creature, however, is too small for a coyote. Sure, it could be a baby coyote or a fox. But mange? Admittedly, I've not seen every animal with mange. But the dogs and cats I have seen with mange usually have bad skin. In the places where the fur is missing and patchy, the exposed skin looks like the animal has psoriasis: read, raw, flaky, inflamed. But these animals supposedly have mange so bad that all their fur has fallen out, and yet the skin remains healthy looking (wrinkled, yes, but not red and inflamed). The skin on the creature in the video looks no worse than the skin of those hairless chihuahuas (who are also usually bald, grey and wrinkled).

In my opinion the mange explanation isn't valid. Nor is any explanation using some kind of a skin disease that's causing a normal, fur-bearing species to lose its hair; if that were the case, the skin should show disease. And since this video shows an animal freshly killed, it can't have lost the fur after death.

So what is it? A hairless chihuahua someone abandoned in the woods? A new species?

What do you think?

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