Skip to comments.Maryland "Chupacabra" ID'd as Fox With Mange
Posted on 08/17/2011 6:51:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
It may not be not the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot, but a mysterious-looking creature seen near a hospital in Maryland has now been identified. The animal--which possessed the different characteristics of a rat, coyote and deer--was trapped last week, and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources official identified it as a fox with mange, The Washington Post reported.
"Like all wild animals, especially canine species, people should avoid feeding or otherwise attempting to befriend this critter," wrote Paul Peditto, director of DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service, in an email. "Mange affects a portion of most wild fox populations and is often unpleasant to observe but not something to be otherwise alarmed about or requiring additional human intervention."
The fox was in the woods near Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, according to the Post story. Last Thursday, several hospital workers lured it into a trap using food -- a scene that was shot on video and aired on television (see video below).
The creature, which was named "Prince Chupa" by the workers after the mysterious chupacabra, was later released back into the woods.
Mange is described as a skin disease in mammals caused by the mange mite. Some of the symptoms include hair loss, skin wrinkling and formation of scabs.
DNR's Game Program Manager Peter Jayne added that while humans can get mange from coming in contact with infected animals, such cases are rare.
That certainly explains Moochelle.
Foxes have large ears, but those ears are more than twice as large as a fox's. The tail is more than half again as long as a fox tail, and a fox tail does not have a natural upward curve; fox tails are straight and point down. The neck is half again as long as a fox's, and the muzzle is completely the wrong shape, far too aquiline and pointy.
Moreover, I have seen similar such creatures filmed elsewhere in the country, and they all have that same skin/fur pelt, exactly that same color and combination of skin and stubble.
Exactly what that creature is I cannot say, but I know for an absolute certainty that that is no species of fox.
Earlier article with better pic.
Chupacabra Trapped Outside Maryland Hospital?
I just noticed the earlier post was by you also, of the earlier article.
Instead of putting it up as a freak circus act; why didn’t they make arrangements to treat it?
Is that how the name “Mange Harry” came about?
Trust me, this is the way foxes look without their beautiful fur. I’m a farm girl, I’ve been around foxes and foxhunting all my life, and had a pet fox for awhile when I was a kid. Recently I have seen a number of foxes with sarcoptic mange near our stable in Maryland, not an hour’s drive from where this unfortunate animal was caught. They’re all naked and creepy-looking like this. Yes, the ears, facial structure, tail length, etc. is all correct.
Ahh. I see. There I am, refuted by "one who knows."
Well, since they are so recently prevalent in your region (what luck, eh?!) there should be no problem with you posting a photo of one. I'd just love to see a photo of a confirmed red fox with "sarcoptic mange" (sounds like something more likely to afflict a "rastafari," doesn't it?) with an upward-curved tail significantly longer than the spine shoulder-to-hip, and ears which span twice the longitudinal aspect of the skull, nostril to eyebrow (as in the detailed measurements I did of the Maryland creature.
This should be quite interesting. Have your "number of" foxes gotten any press, as this creature has?
Also, fox tails point whichever way the fox wants them to. More commonly, the fox points them down.
The neck seems long because of the fox's hairless condition. And the nose looks pointier without the hair coming from the sides.
There's no need to be a liar. I just asked for pictures. Why so defensive that you'd feel the need to mislead all of FreeRpublic?
Before throwing around charges of deceit, you should get your facts straight. No-one said it was a red fox. Fennec foxes aren’t native to Maryland, but unlike red foxes, they are commonly and legally bred commercially as a house pet.
While you post a photo of foxes from the Sahara Desert. Either:
A) you knew those foxes weren't found in Maryland, and were being intentionally deceitful -or-
B) it is you who should get your head out of your greasey crease and get a clue before you post something that makes you look stupid. Or deceitful.
Nice talk this, slunk face. You bore me. (yawn...)
Lol @ greasy crease...
A personal favorite... LOL
A personal favorite... LOL