Tiny Humanoid Found in ChileHype:
While vacationing with his family in Concepcion, Chile, Julio Carreno found a tiny humanoid creature measuring 7.2 centimeters in a bush on October 1, 2002. The creature, which has a large human-like head was alive and opened its eyes before dying eight days later. It had fingernails and slanted eyes. Its originally pinkish color turned darker and the corpse stayed warm before quickly mummifying itself. The family suggested that maybe this had occurred because they were keeping it in a first aid kit box in the refrigerator -- just where you keep most dead humanoid creatures, next to the ham.
Several rumors spread about the story, such as people saying that the creature had made telepathic contact with the mother of the family. Others said the being had stood up but the family denied that this had happened. Speculation of the creature's identification included the possibility of it being a wild cat's fetus or an alien.
The corpse was studied by veterinarians in Santiago, who are still divided over the creature's identity. They confirmed that the creature was neither a fetus nor the remains of a feline. Some matched the creature's physical characteristics to a mouse opossum, a common animal in Chile. Others disagreed because the creature did not have the small, pointed teeth or tail of a mouse opossum and its head was double the size of one.
I say that Captain America should just solve this problem because it's obviously a failed attempt at cloning his arch nemesis:
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Chupacabra Sightings in TexasHype:
The creature people have called the Bigfoot of Latin America has been sighted several times in Puerto Rico and the U.S, particularly in Texas. The legend behind the creature is that it kills livestock and drinks their blood. The name chupacabra literally means "goat sucker."
Chupacabra, when first discovered in the mid 90s, was supposed to look like some of these pictures:
The Elmendorf Beast, or the real Chupacabra, was a twenty-pound dog or coyote-like creature that was shot and killed in August 2004 by farmer Devin McAnally in Elmendorf, Texas after having mauled 34 chickens. The creature had no hair and blue-graying skin. Its DNA was sent to UC Davis, where scientists concluded it was a coyote with mange.
In Cuero, Texas in August 2007 Phylis Canion found the carcasses of three coyote-like creatures similar to the Elmendorf Beast. She took pictures of the corpses and froze one of their heads. She connected the beasts to the Chupacabra legend because thirty of her chickens had bled out in the past few years without being eaten or carried away. DNA testing determined that the animal was a hybrid wolf/coyote with mange.
In September, 2009 CNN reported on a taxidermist in Blanco County who had preserved the body of a coyote-like creature that people were calling a chupacabra. The creature had been poisoned after being discovered in a barn and its body was later given to the taxidermist Jerry Ayer.
University of Michigan scientists believe that the origin of the chupacabra legend began with these very, very diseased coyotes. Its ability to suck chickens and goats dry, though, remains unexplained.
I still prefer to remember the days when people in Latin America thought it was some Gremlins-esque dinosaur/humanoid thing.
Alabama Boy Kills Giant BoarHype:
On May 3, 2007, an 11-year-old named Jamison Stone shot a huge boar, which weighed 1,051 pounds and measured nine feet four inches, with a .50 caliber pistol near Delta, Alabama. This meant Stone had shot himself a pig bigger than Hogzilla, the famed boar that had been killed in Georgia in 2004.
Stone, who killed his first deer at age 5 was hunting with his dad Mike Stone on the day he killed the boar. He had to shoot the boar eight times and chased it for three hours. When the pig finally went down, trees had to be cut down to get it out of the woods. The father and son had the boar's head mounted to keep as a prize and made around 500 to 700 pounds of sausage from it.
"It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big," Stone told the Associated Press. He was later offered a small part in a horror movie based on Hogzilla.
Stone wasn't able to enjoy his fame (his dad even put up a website called monsterpig.com for him) for long before he received death threats for having led the boar to suffer a long and painful death as he repeatedly wounded him. 800 people signed a petition world-wide advocating for the boy's prosecution on charges of animal cruelty. Skeptics believe the whole story was a hoax and the boar was really a farm animal fattened up to make a sensational story, which even I'm particularly skeptical of myself. Mostly because, according to this website, it was an obvious Photoshop job. Charges were never pressed because too much time had elapsed from the day of the crime before an investigation was conducted.
Sadly, this was yet another example of how America's news sources do absolutely 0 legwork nowadays.
Oriental Yeti Trapped By Hunters in ChinaHype:
In April 2010 a group of hunters trapped a hairless possum-like mammal that was described as looking like a bear with a tail like a kangaroo and making distressed cat noises. The creature became a media sensation, being dubbed the "Oriental Yeti." According to legend, the Yeti was a bear-like figure that towered well over the height of men. This creature was only two feet long...
Bigfoot researcher Loren Coleman dismissed the Yeti speculations as "media madness." "If the Asian press starts using the word "yeti" for every unidentified animal it's going to muddy the waters of cryptozoology," said Coleman. He believed the creature was a palm civet with a serious case of mange. The beast was shipped to Beijing for DNA testing but the results were never released in the media.
Looks like another case of mange making people think they're actually seeing something like this:
Crab-like Creatures Found in a Trench in RussiaHype:
Crabs have been called the cockroaches of the sea and this creature frighteningly makes that saying quite literal. These creatures, which were found in an abandoned foundation pit in Chelyabinsk, Russia, have a hard shell, several stacked appendages and a tail poking out of their shell. People hypothesized that the creatures were huge triops, horseshoe crabs, a facehugger from Alien, or trilobites, which were extinct even before the dinosaurs lived.
Apparently, the crustaceans were an absolutely amazing species that are 200 million years old and have somehow not evolved at all for that amount of time. Apparently, they are perfect, so take notes fellas. These triops are not actually as large as purported, but they do exist and are basically always around.
I still want it to be a baby facehugger, but hey, who's counting.
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