Chupacabra? Strange Animal Found in Elmendorf
One thing this is not is a dinosaur. Still, it seemed interesting and it sure doesn't fit under sophisticated cave men. We'll probably remove it as soon as its determined to be just a blue Mexican hairless dog or something equally benign.
LAST UPDATE: 7/29/2004 10:44:34 AM
A rancher in Elmendorf, southeast of San Antonio, found a strange creature attacking his livestock, and local animal experts say identifying it is a tough call.
The animal in question. Click and drag photo to resize.
Devin Macanally says he has lived on his ranch for 15 years and has never seen anything like it.
"It was eating mulberrys under a tree," he said.
It is a strange dog-looking creature with a blue color that he says began a killing spree. Devin first knew something was up when his chickens started disappearing. At one point, 35 were gone in just one day.
Macanally finally shot and killed the creature, and he was blown away at what he saw.
"First thing that came to my mind, is surely everybody's gonna think this is a chupacabra," he laughed. "But it's so odd because it has no hair."
At the nearby Deleon's Grocery and Market, customers come in to check out pictures of it. One woman says it is exactly how her grandmother described the dreaded chupacabra.
People at the San Antonio Zoo say they have not seen anything like it. Terry DeRosa with the zoo says at a feather-light 20 pounds, he thinks it might be a wild mexican dog.
"It may be one of the hairless dogs that perhaps you see in Mexico," he said.
Devin says he would like to know for sure. He says he is hoping someone can help identify it, possibly by DNA.