Skip to comments.Efforts by San Diegan Help Critically Endangered Chupacabra
Posted on 11/09/2011 7:28:58 PM PST by nickcarraway
FEVERISHLY DIALING THE PEOPLE AT ANIMAL PLANET - As recently as five years ago, the Chupacabra was in danger of becoming a myth. Only three were thought to remain in the wild, and an effort to house one at the San Diego Wild Animal Park ended with the horrific and seemingly improbable death of Gus the white African rhino. But today, it looks like there may be hope for the legendary goat-sucker.
"What really inspired us was the great job the California Wolf Center did with reintroducing the Mexican Gray Wolf into the wild," explains Chelsea Randlett, the San Diego-born Director of the Chupacabra Rehabilitation Alliance in Zapopan-Yucatan (CRAZY). "They took a natural predator, bred it in captivity, and released it into Federally protected grazing lands just loaded with slow-moving, juicy cattle.
Such a move might seem a little, well, crazy, since historically, wolves were killed by ranchers for attacking livestock. But, notes Randlett, "at the Wolf Center, researchers have been experimenting with taste aversion - lacing meat with a nausea-inducing chemical. Dan Moriarty, a professor of psychological sciences at the University of San Diego, is using the technique to teach captive Mexican gray wolves that eating sheep will make them sick."
"We're doing the same thing with the Chupacabras and goat-blood," explains Randlett. "We've been getting the goats here at the CRAZY corral super drunk on fermented feed, so that their blood alcohol level is totally elevated. When the Chupacabra starts sucking, it gets a little buzzed, and loses its natural sense of when to stop - just like a conventioneer down in the Gaslamp. It just keeps drinking and drinking, and eventually, it gets pretty darned nauseous. With any luck, it will learn its lesson and never drink goat blood again. Just like a person would!"
I thought it was already decided Chupacabra’s were mangey coyotes.?
Reason trumps emotion in science... or should.
The chupacabra is alive and well in San Diego county. I should know, I used to be married to her.
Drunk chupacabras. That’s scary!
I thought you could get chupacabras at Taco Bell with sour cream, shredded lettuce and salsa.... oh wait...
"... a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6 m). This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench. When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabras' eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea."
Once upon a time (no sh!t, I was there), on a mountain not far from Las Vegas, New Mexico, at an elevation of about 7,200 ft ASL, I was cutting pine trees on a mountain with a crew that didn't speak much english We started a little before daylight.
Off in the distance, we heard a horrible noise like a child being put through a wringer-washer, or mountain lions mating.
It was actually a horny elk bugling (but they didn't know that, being newbies).
I motioned everyone to shut off the chain-saws and stood attentively and listened as the sound came again.
I sagely nodded my head and said one word; "chupacabra". And restarted my chain saw.
We were scheduled to work until about 1400 on that hill, but we got all the wood down, bucked, sectioned, loaded and transported about 1100.
My best day ever for a one word comment. ;)
Chubacabra is for weak minds.
And there are diseases that distort the skeletons of animals.
Rickets, for instance, in humans. Observable in bone structure, long after the meat is gone.
The old Chupacabra stories ya gotta love them, they’re almost as good as the black panther stories. Seems nobody can come up with either a picture or a carcus but the legends live on. By the way, I saw a Chupacabra drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s, his hair was perfect.
Brilliant. No weak mind there. Nice going... /johnny.
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