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Has the mythical Chupacabra turned up in Texas?

By RobotGod     Sep 1, 2007 in World
Phylis Canion has lived in Africa for four years. She's also been a hunter for all of her life and has the mounted heads of a zebra and other exotic animals in her house to prove it.
Yahoo reports that she does not know what the animal she found last month is.
It was found outside of her ranch, and thought it was worth putting in a freezer hidden from curious onlookers. She believes she may have the head of the bloodsucking chupacabra.
"It is one ugly creature," Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.
She and some neighbors found the 40-pound bodies of 3 of the animals over four days in July, just outside her ranch in Cuero, which is 80 miles southeast of San Antonio. She saved the head of the one, so she can get to get to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing and then mount it for posterity with the rest of her prizes.
She suspects, just like many others over the years, that a chupacabra may have killed as many as 26 of her chickens over the last few years.
"I've seen a lot of nasty stuff. I've never seen anything like this," she said.
What led her to the possibility that this was no ugly coyote, but perhaps the vampire-like beast? For one, the chickens weren't eaten or carried off. All of the blood was drained from them, however.
She suspects that recent heavy rains drove them from their hiding spots or den.
"I think it could have wolf in it," Canion said. "It has to be a cross between two or three different things."
Veterinarian Travis Schaar of the Main Street Animal Hospital in nearby Victoria says that it is likely just a strange dog breed.
He isn't saying that it is not a Chupacabra, but thinks that chupacabras may be a strange dog breed, or mutated.
The find has spawned a local and international craze. Canion has begun selling T-shirts that read: "2007, The Summer of the Chupacabra, Cuero, Texas," accompanied by a caricature of the animal. The $5 shirts have gone all over the world, so this has become quite a find for her indeed.
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