Chupacabra Found Alive?

Janelle Bludau

jbludau@newscenter25.com

Updated: 4/01 10:34 pm

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RATCLIFFE - Deep in the back woods of South Texas, you never know what might be lurking around the corner, or in your tree.

"He saw this strange animal up here eating corn," Jackie Stock said.

In Ratcliffe, a small town in DeWitt County, residents are certain they've found the mythical, despicable chupacabra, and this time, it's alive.

Ratcliffe Resident Jackie Stock said her husband caught the creature Sunday night.

“He called me to come and look, and I said ‘Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,’” Stock said.

With its hairless back, large claws, countless teeth and ferocious growl, many would say this animal fits the bill.

“I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t ever seen anything that looks like that right there,” Ratcliffe resident Arlen Parma said.

Parma said one of the biggest signs it's not a raccoon is its growl.

“A coon doesn’t make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does,” Parma said.

Most people in DeWitt County are convinced this is the elusive chupacabra, but what do wildlife experts have to say?

“The animal in the cage as best I can tell from the view is some sort of a small canine,” Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said.

Ortego said a canine can include a coyote, dog, or even a fox. He said the animal most likely has mange which has caused it to lose its hair. But as for a chupacabra, he thinks otherwise.

“It's never been proven to be a unique species. It was always something out there that allegedly was said to cause harm to people or livestock,” Ortego said.

Chupacabra or not, right now this little guy is staying at the Stock household, living off a diet of cat food and corn, at least until someone can find out what it really is.

“We were just trying to figure out what it is because we've never seen anything like it before,” Stock said.

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philipsfree - 4/9/2014 8:59 AM
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LOL. All I can think of is Workaholics. Well, that and can we get a hairdresser and an English teacher out there stat? At least then when they whine about speaking English, they'd actually be speaking English? And where did that "expert" get his degree? It's so clearly a coon with mange. Or is this a Funny or Die or College Humor joke?

peggy8650 - 4/8/2014 3:22 PM
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a DNA test would rule out a lot if they ever would do one. This would be the smart thing to do.

Carleen - 4/7/2014 12:49 PM
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Can they get it a larger cage?!

emiwenis - 4/7/2014 10:27 AM
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Does that wildlife biologist have a real degree??? This is obviously a hairless raccoon!! Look at the face, the paws, the long tail and ears...

The Phoenix - 4/5/2014 8:49 PM
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Has anyone considered that it might be an American variant, (Chupacabra), of an Australian Kangaroo? Look at its dexterous hands and its rear legs and their large feet like Kangaroos have. Note how it rests on its rear legs and its head and face of a Kangaroo!

bigoak - 4/5/2014 1:59 PM
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I heard the growl of this animal and do not think it is a hairless raccoon. I hope they took blood samples so DNA test could confirm what species this is.

Capital City - 4/5/2014 9:45 AM
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Anyone who doesn't recognize this animal as hairless raccoon, especially those in Texas, should go back to school to learn to recognize animals. The poor thing has mange.

lrwilliams - 4/4/2014 2:47 PM
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There a story about this on the NBC news website and they said it is a raccoon LRW

Dyrkness - 4/4/2014 2:07 PM
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http://newsok.com/hairless-raccoon-causes-stir-in-claremore/article/3443155

Npekarek - 4/3/2014 8:50 PM
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If it is not a hairless raccoon maybe it is a hairless porcupine. I couldn't see the teeth but the use of the front paws suggests either a raccoon or porcupine. Porcupines make noises similar to those in the video.
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