Ranchers in Victoria,Texas say they killed a chupacabra they found roaming on their land.
“My grandson ran and got a gun, and shot it at 250 yards,” Lucy Ohrt told KAVU. “And my grandchildren said ‘Oh, that’s a chupacabra’.”
Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish, and according to legend, the creature sucks the blood of livestock.
“I’ve heard people say that they’ve gotten young calves, but they never gotten one of ours.” Ohrt said. “It’s got long hair on it and this one does not have any hair and that’s what makes it different from a regular coyote.”
Scientists say there is no such animal, that the chupacabra is a myth, a made-up creature.
Josh Turner a wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife says that as far as he knows, they don’t exist. He thinks the mysterious animal is nothing more than a wild animal with mange.
“There’s a mythical creature that most people see,” Turner told CNN. “But what it really is is Sarcoptic mange, which is caused by a mite that bites the animal, and it can be pretty much on any mammal.”
The Daily News reported that the legendary creature, sometimes called the “Bigfoot of Latin culture,” has a vicious reputation. A cross between a dog and a wolf, the chupacabra is said to target livestock, killing animals and ripping them limb from limb.
This is not the first time ranchers say that they’ve seen what they believe is a chupacabra. In 2010, there was a sighting on a ranch near San Antonio, and similar stories were reported in South Florida in 1996.
“I’m scared they’re going to get my dogs,” Ohrt said after showing the animal to the camera.