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Chupacabra Sighting Raises Concerns at UCR
Highlander ^ | April 3, 2012 | Kevin Keckeisen, Gordon Huang

Posted on 04/05/2012 8:35:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Last Tuesday a UC Riverside student took a photo of what he believed was a Chupacabra roaming the parking lot outside of the Student Recreation Center. The sighting has prompted mixed responses ranging from deep concern to awe. “I had just finished working out when I saw it standing next to my car, sniffing the air,” the student told the Highlander on the condition of anonymity. “At first I thought it was a dog, but when I got closer it didn’t look like any dog I’ve ever seen. I had to get a picture of it.”

In the picture the hairless, big-eared creature is seen running from under the student’s car. The student immediately notified the authorities, who quickly responded to the scene but were unable to capture the animal as it fled to the Box Springs Mountains.In the following days, numerous staff, students and faculty have snapped pictures of the creature running across the field outside of Rivera Library, near Winston Chung Hall and even through the HUB. “I was about to sit down and eat my Panda Express when I felt something moving under my table,” an English student told the Highlander. “I looked down and saw two big yellow eyes staring at me.” While the animal has been increasingly active this past week, reported sightings trace back to July of last year. Last Friday UCPD issued a statement to the UCR community in which they deemed the animal, codenamed “UCR Chupacabra,” a threat to the campus and that officers are determined to capture the Chupacabra. However, many students have spoken out in defense for the animal. Some have even gone so far as to create a Facebook page titled, “I Love the UCR Chupacabra,” as of print time, has 287 likes.

A fifth-year engineering student told the Highlander that the UCR Chupacabra saved her life last March. “I was walking back to Falkirk from school late at night after studying for finals when a man came up to me on the sidewalk. He pulled out a knife and demanded that I give him my laptop, and just as I was about to hand it over, the UCR Chupacabra came running from behind him and bit his leg,” stated the student. “It breaks my heart knowing that the police are hunting such a nice, sweet creature.” Many others have also noted the Chupacabra’s kind behavior. An anonymous UCR staff member told the Highlander that the Chupacabra protected him from coyotes on his daily commute to campus.

“The UCR Chupacabra is the hero Riverside deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So UCPD will hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A UCR Chupacabra,” said the anonymous UCR staff member. UCPD has not yet responded to any of the campus-wide criticism of their UCR Chupacabra policy.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
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1 posted on 04/05/2012 8:35:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

that’s not a hupacabra- this following photo however WAS a chupacabra caught on dashcam by myself

http://500px.com/photo/4701073


2 posted on 04/05/2012 8:41:59 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop

Looks like a German Shepherd ..... but not quite. What happened when you drove by it?


3 posted on 04/05/2012 8:44:00 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: nickcarraway
I think this picture was from 1995. Similarities? hmmmmm


4 posted on 04/05/2012 8:44:30 PM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like another deformed coyote with mange.


5 posted on 04/05/2012 8:47:20 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: nickcarraway

Can you say: “Photo shop”.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 8:50:31 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012!)
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To: Baynative

“I think this picture was from 1995. Similarities? hmmmmm “

Similarities? No. Identical? Absolutely.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 8:51:45 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Baynative

That is the exact same image, down to the highlighted spot on the side! Clearly that first photo has that same image photoshopped on it!

Excellent sleuthing, Scooby! ;^)


8 posted on 04/05/2012 8:53:55 PM PDT by Shelayne
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To: unkus

How about a drunk Roseanne Barr or Rosie O’Donnell?


9 posted on 04/05/2012 8:55:26 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Baynative

it’s the same picture....the article from UC Riverside is listed under “April Fools”


10 posted on 04/05/2012 8:56:15 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Baynative

Never mind. I see that is the same picture enlarged. I didn’t click on your link.

D’OH! Color me embarrassed!


11 posted on 04/05/2012 8:56:56 PM PDT by Shelayne
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To: Baynative
This is posted under 'April Fools'. I think they are making fun of that guy claiming that a mother bear saved his life from a cougar.

"A fifth-year engineering student told the Highlander that the UCR Chupacabra saved her life last March. “I was walking back to Falkirk from school late at night after studying for finals when a man came up to me on the sidewalk. He pulled out a knife and demanded that I give him my laptop, and just as I was about to hand it over, the UCR Chupacabra came running from behind him and bit his leg,” stated the student. “It breaks my heart knowing that the police are hunting such a nice, sweet creature.” Many others have also noted the Chupacabra’s kind behavior. An anonymous UCR staff member told the Highlander that the Chupacabra protected him from coyotes on his daily commute to campus."

12 posted on 04/05/2012 9:02:13 PM PDT by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

That thing is too skinny to be either of those fine specimens.

And it’s not as hairy as Rosie.


13 posted on 04/05/2012 9:02:20 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

lol it was a gemran shepard- he ran infront of my car for abotu a mile- I kept taking snapshots of him- thinking about hre chupacabra dashcam shot of the police car in NM I think it was? Anyway- I had to turn aroudn and drive back toward it’s home so that it wouldn’t follow me too far- it eventually went back home lol


14 posted on 04/05/2012 9:03:58 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop

You made sure the dog got home. That’s a good thing.

Neat story.

Where in NM?


15 posted on 04/05/2012 9:42:48 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: nickcarraway

You know, it strikes me that the mange could’ve done wonders for the werewolfs social life...


16 posted on 04/05/2012 10:28:04 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: nickcarraway
Aztec dog. Xoloitzcuintli


17 posted on 04/05/2012 10:51:14 PM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: nickcarraway

Chupacabra
Chupacabra Video


18 posted on 04/06/2012 3:20:23 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Bon mots

That’s the video I have seen - it looks weird - has anyone debunked that as it looked real to me!

Mel


19 posted on 04/06/2012 3:52:33 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: melsec
That’s the video I have seen - it looks weird - has anyone debunked that as it looked real to me!

Not that I am aware of... it was filmed by a cop's dashcam and nobody can say what that critter is...

20 posted on 04/06/2012 9:12:19 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: unkus

no- New England


21 posted on 04/06/2012 10:56:59 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop

I posted before I read completely. Thanks.


22 posted on 04/06/2012 11:05:58 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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