What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a blood-sucking monster? Is it an attractive man/woman that just happens to be severely lacking in the skin pigment department with a case of slightly longer than average incisors? Or are you picturing a much more monstrous being — one with significantly less sex appeal than the prior mention? Got the image in your head? Good. Now that you’re in the vampiric mood, it’s time to reveal Maniacal Myth’s very first legend, the Chupacabra. There is so much to elaborate on with the Chupacabra, but for now I will make things brief for my first post!
El Chupacabra, also fondly known as the goat-sucker, is a famed legend hailing from the Americas. The first reports of the Chupacabra appeared in Puerto Rico, where locals were finding their livestock, especially goats, dead and devoid of all blood. The earlier eyewitnesses described the Chupacabra as a bipedal creature with large eyes and a spiked back — almost alien-like in appearance.
Not even a few months after the first attacks, a woman named Madelyne Tolentino reported similar attacks over in the town of Canóvanas, where over one-hundred farm animals and pets were found dead and, not surprisingly, drained of all their blood.
Similar attacks actually happened a few decades prior in the small village of Moca, where the locals blamed El Vampiro de Moca (“The Vampire of Moca”), which was believed to be a supernatural bird-like creature, on the attacks. A local, María Acevedo, stated that she saw an unidentifiable bird land on her roof briefly before letting out a horrifying scream — and insisted it was the one behind the killings.
However, that changed when Puerto Rican comedian, Silverio Pérez, popularized the term Chupacabra in 1995. Soon after that, several places, including Moca, adopted the legend of the Chupacabra as an explanation for their issues. Skeptics speculate that this whole spiel was due to the 1995 horror movie, Species. The sightings coincided with the release of the movie and scientists suggested it was a case of an overactive imagination — nothing more. Not everyone was so willing to give up on the legend, though, as some people vehemently insisted El Chupacabra was the cause of all their misfortunes, even to this day.
While the extraterrestrial Chupacabra theory was getting wrapped up and buried by most, a new, more present-day Chupacabra emerged in the southwest portion of the United States. This new and improved beast looked significantly more canine in appearance — similar to a coyote or a stray dog — than its predecessor . This new Chupacabra also came with evidence of its existence; bodies of these creatures started appearing all around Texas and other nearby states.
As seen on the image to the left, this Chupacabra appears to be hairless with abnormal looking skin — something was very wrong with this creature.
Scientists and skeptics alike insist that this is nothing more than a coyote or dog with a severe case of mange. While it is a solid possibility, that still leaves one question left in the air: what about all the farm animals and pets found dead with all their blood gone?
The answer is simple and, frankly, disappointing; domestic dogs often kill their prey with a fatal bite to the neck then leave the carcass to rot. If the body is undisturbed for a long enough period, the blood will settle at the bottom, leaving no evidence besides a puncture wound to the neck. Pretty anticlimactic, am I right?
Reality often leads to disappointment when one is discussing cryptids and myths, but that is why sometimes it is better to believe anyway. Make reality whatever you want it to be! Am I saying you should become Thanos? Maybe. That’s beside the point, though. If you want to believe in something, believe in it (within reason, of course)! Don’t let anyone ruin your fun.
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