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Has A Mythical Beast Turned Up In Texas? (Chupacabra Or Ugly Dog? You Decide)
Yahoo! News ^ | August 31, 2007 | ELIZABETH WHITE

Posted on 08/31/2007 7:31:40 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Has a mythical beast turned up in Texas?

By ELIZABETH WHITE, Associated Press Writer

August 31, 2007

Phylis Canion lived in Africa for four years. She's been a hunter all her life and has the mounted heads of a zebra and other exotic animals in her house to prove it.

But the roadkill she found last month outside her ranch was a new one even for her, worth putting in a freezer hidden from curious onlookers: Canion believes she may have the head of the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra.

"It is one ugly creature," Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.

Canion and some of her neighbors discovered the 40-pound bodies of three of the animals over four days in July outside her ranch in Cuero, 80 miles southeast of San Antonio. Canion said she saved the head of the one she found so she can get to get to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing and then mount it for posterity.

She suspects, as have many rural denizens over the years, that a chupacabra may have killed as many as 26 of her chickens in the past couple of years.

"I've seen a lot of nasty stuff. I've never seen anything like this," she said.

What tipped Canion to the possibility that this was no ugly coyote, but perhaps the vampire-like beast, is that the chickens weren't eaten or carried off — all the blood was drained from them, she said.

Chupacabra means "goat sucker" in Spanish, and it is said to have originated in Latin America, specifically Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Canion thinks recent heavy rains ran them right out of their dens.

"I think it could have wolf in it," Canion said. "It has to be a cross between two or three different things."

She said the finding has captured the imagination of locals, just like purported sightings of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster have elsewhere.

But what folks are calling a chupacabra is probably just a strange breed of dog, said veterinarian Travis Schaar of the Main Street Animal Hospital in nearby Victoria.

"I'm not going to tell you that's not a chupacabra. I just think in my opinion a chupacabra is a dog," said Schaar, who has seen Canion's find.

The "chupacabras" could have all been part of a mutated litter of dogs, or they may be a new kind of mutt, he said.

As for the bloodsucking, Schaar said that this particular canine may simply have a preference for blood, letting its prey bleed out and licking it up.

Chupacabra or not, the discovery has spawned a local and international craze. Canion has started selling T-shirts that read: "2007, The Summer of the Chupacabra, Cuero, Texas," accompanied by a caricature of the creature. The $5 shirts have gone all over the world, including Japan, Australia and Brunei. Schaar also said he has one.

"If everyone has a fun time with it, we'll keep doing it," she said. "It's good for Cuero."


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: artbell; canine; chupacabra; coasttocoast; cryptozoology; doggieping; dogs; georgenoory; k9; manbearpig; roadkill; tasteslikechicken; texas; texasbbq; urbanlegend; vampire; weird
Hmmmmmmm....

I'll bet that this Texas roadkill tastes like chicken.

1 posted on 08/31/2007 7:31:42 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Phylis Canion holds the head of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
2 posted on 08/31/2007 7:32:47 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Baby! Where have you been?
3 posted on 08/31/2007 7:34:14 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER


Oh great! Now the illegals are bringing their mythical animals with them!
4 posted on 08/31/2007 7:34:43 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Here’s another one for ya!

ping


5 posted on 08/31/2007 7:35:24 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks like a cross between a wild pig, and a dog!


6 posted on 08/31/2007 7:35:42 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: DogByte6RER

Must be related to this mythical beast

7 posted on 08/31/2007 7:39:32 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: AuntB
Somebody alert Al Gore!



8 posted on 08/31/2007 7:39:44 PM PDT by GOPmember
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To: DogByte6RER
That is one ugly dog.
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9 posted on 08/31/2007 7:40:07 PM PDT by magslinger (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. And miss. R.A.Heinlein)
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s a dog, coyote, or wolf killed by the disease sarcoptic mange:

http://birdiefoster.lockergnome.net/chupacabra.jpg

http://www.unknowncountry.com/img/news/102004/critter-1.jpg

http://www.unbc.ca/nlui/wildlife_diseases_bc/sarcoptic_mange_wolf.jpg


10 posted on 08/31/2007 7:40:45 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: magslinger

MY EYES!!, MY EYES!!!!!!!


11 posted on 08/31/2007 7:41:50 PM PDT by Cvengr (The violence of evil is met with the violence of righteousness, justice, love and grace.)
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To: AuntB
You just reminded me of that South Park episode where Al Gore warns of the ManBearPig... Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
12 posted on 08/31/2007 7:42:51 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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13 posted on 08/31/2007 7:43:45 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: GOPmember

LOL!

M’kay!


14 posted on 08/31/2007 7:52:00 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: DogByte6RER

My ex-wife...she’s been found!

Hallelujah!

(dang....she musta chewed thru the leash)


15 posted on 08/31/2007 7:54:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (the future of the West is bleak)
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To: magslinger
Must be cousins.



16 posted on 08/31/2007 7:54:20 PM PDT by GOPmember
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To: DogByte6RER
Fluffy!
17 posted on 08/31/2007 8:22:49 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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To: GOPmember

Best laugh I have had in ages. Thanks.


18 posted on 08/31/2007 9:04:20 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats, AlQaeda and the ACLU working together to destroy America)
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To: Man50D; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Has A Mythical Beast Turned Up In Texas?

No.


19 posted on 08/31/2007 10:10:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: DogByte6RER

People don’t realize that Xolos come in all sizes...from ‘toy’ all the way up to 60-70 lbs.
It’s probably just a giant, fugly xolo.


20 posted on 08/31/2007 10:41:36 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ("What quails?" asked Jack)
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To: DogByte6RER

In contrast to Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, there is a carcass. The DNA test results would be interesting.


21 posted on 09/01/2007 2:08:27 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Slings and Arrows


Now I'm hungry...
22 posted on 09/01/2007 9:48:13 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: DogByte6RER; Angelas; presidio9; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; ...
Same ol' story, different ping.

And, btw, I think it's a dog.


23 posted on 09/03/2007 3:06:47 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Well...it ain't the Chupacabra and that's fer sure. Besides the fact that the Chupracabra lives in a small town about 15 miles west of Miami called Sweetwater, this here critter ain't NEAR big enough.
24 posted on 09/03/2007 4:42:21 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: pcottraux

Please add me to this ping list, thanks.


25 posted on 09/03/2007 4:45:40 PM PDT by Hydroshock ("The Constitution should be taken like mountain whiskey -- undiluted and untaxed." - Sam Ervin)
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To: DogByte6RER
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26 posted on 09/03/2007 9:46:43 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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