In search of the Chupacabra

In the third of an expanding series on “cryptids” (those animals which are thought by some to exist but have never been conclusively documented), I thought I would cover the third best-known cryptid: the chupacabra.  Literally, chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish and it was first reported in Puerto Rico in 1995.  This makes it one of the most recent cryptids to have been reported.  Confined almost entirely to Latin America, there have been a large number of sightings since 1995.  The original sighting, in the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas, reported a small creature with reptilian skin, large eyes and rainbow spines down its back.  However, sightings since have varied in their descriptions and more recent sightings have described dog-like animals with no fur and exuding a foul smell.  Other similar sightings have the creature as large as a bear (these are from Russia and the Phillipines).  The other noted feature of these sightings is the finding of dead animals, drained of their blood (hence the name “goat sucker”).
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