Chupa cabra is a terrifying creature from Latin American legend that hunts animals and sucks their blood. The name is a combination of the Spanish words chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”), and it means “goat-sucker.” The chupacabra has been considered as the southern equivalent of the Sasquatch, a scary yet most likely nonexistent creature.
In the bestiary of bloodsucking animals, the chuba cabra has just recently joined the vampire. Chupacabras were originally recorded in Puerto Rico in 1995, where they were accused of attacking goats, sheep, and other domestic animals and leaving uneaten carcasses drained of blood. The animal was described as standing erect and like a giant reptile kangaroo with enormous red eyes in early reports. Sceptics speculated that “witnesses” may have been influenced by the Hollywood science-fiction horror film Species (1995), which featured a monster with a similar look. Other sightings, however, have been claimed across the Americas, as well as far as north as the United States.
El Vampiro de Moca (‘the vampire of Moca’) was blamed for a string of cattle deaths in the small town of Moca in 1975. Initially, the killings were considered to be the action of a Satanic gang; however, more deaths were recorded around the island, and so many farmers reported animal deaths. Each animal’s body was said to be sucked dry using a succession of small circular cuts.
Several complaints of suspected chupacabras appeared in Manipur, India, between October and December 2018. Numerous domestic animals and poultry were slaughtered in an unusual manner, similar to previous chuba cabra attacks, and several persons claimed to have seen chupacabras. After examining the remains of a cadaver, forensic specialists concluded that street dogs were responsible for the wholesale killing of domestic animals and poultry.
Footage filmed by Mundo Ovni in October 2019 revealed the aftermath of a rumoured attack on chickens in the Seburuquillo district of Lares, Puerto Rico.
The description given by the initial eyewitnesses in Puerto Rico, Madelyne Tolentino, was based on the creature Sil from the 1995 science-fiction horror film Species, as per a five-year investigation by Benjamin Radford documented in his 2011 book Tracking the Chupacabra.
Sil, the outer space creature, is very identical to Tolentino’s chupa cabra eyewitness testimony, and she had seen the film prior to reporting: “It was a chupacabra-like thing, complete with spines on the back… The chupacabra’s similarity was uncanny “As described by Tolentino.
Tolentino “believed that the animals and events she saw in Species were actually happening in Puerto Rico at the time,” as per Radford, who concludes that “the most essential chupa cabra description cannot be trusted.” This, according to Radford, substantially weakens the chupacabra’s credibility as a living animal.
Furthermore, accounts of the chupacabra sucking blood were never validated by dissection, the only way to verify that the animal had been emptied of blood. A veterinarian examined 300 chupacabra victims and discovered that they had not been bled dry.
The chupacabra is most commonly described as a reptile-like creature with leathery or scaly greenish-grey skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. It stands and hops like a kangaroo and is said to be 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 metres) tall.
An unusual breed of wild dog is another typical description of the chupacabra. This form has a strong spinal ridge, abnormally pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws, and is mostly hairless. Unlike other predators, the chupacabra is supposed to drain all of the animal’s blood (and occasionally organs) through three holes in the shape of a downwards-pointing triangle, while only one or two holes are sometimes used.
Legends that are related
A similar urban legend surrounds the “Ozark Howler,” a big bear-like creature. The Peaches of Chile are said to have similar tendencies to dogs, however, they are described as winged snakes rather than dogs. The vampire bat, which is endemic to the area, may have inspired this mythology.
The Sigbin, a fabled creature from the Philippines, has many of the chupa cabra’s characteristics.