Perhaps no other mythical creature this side of Bigfoot has risen faster to Rock Star status in popular culture than the Chupacabra. Indeed, the notorious "Goatsucker" continues to fascinate both the public and the media. There's many Chupacabra theories, but just what is El Chupacabra?.
As more and more sightings have cropped up in recent years, credible scientists, armed with the most advanced technological tools, are starting to take a serious look at the legendary "Latin Loch Ness Monster." Is it real? Is it even an animal, or a beast from another world? Does it come in peace? What does it want (besides a goat's blood Slurpee?) Science is still searching for answers to these and other questions.
Although skeptics continue to maintain that the "Chupa" is just a coyote having a bad hair day, these well-documented stories of its humble beginnings and sightings will make you wonder if the Chupacabra is a real creature, maybe one that's even older than humankind itself.
The legend of the Chupacabra began in Puerto Rico 1975 in the small town of Moca when fifteen farm animals and pets were found dead, completely drained of their blood. The incident became known as the "Vampiro De Moca (Vampire of Moca)."
Initially, it was suspected that the killings were committed by a Satanic cult; later more killings were reported around the island, and many farms reported loss of animal life. Each of the animals was reported to have had its body bled dry through a series of small circular incisions.
A few months later, a cow was found dead in Moca's Barrio Cruz with weird "sucking holes" on its skull and scratches on its body - the death count was now over thirty animals.
One of the first theories about the "Vampire of Moca" was that it was some type of strange, supernatural bird. This hypothesis stems from the report of a local woman who reported seeing a strange bird pecking at her rooftop and issuing a terrifying screech.
Then, a man named Luis Torres and his kids came forward and said they had seen an unknown object that looked like "the lights on a police cruiser" flying around the outskirts of Moca. Since the UFO sighting occurred over fields in which animals had been found dead, theories shifted to the idea that the unknown creature was an alien.
A few months later, a man in Corozal encountered a "round-headed, hairy-tailed and large-eyed creature" that growled like a small dog. Reports of UFOs spread across the island for several months during this period, often accompanied by discoveries of dead animals drained of all blood.
A few days later, Luis Torres, (the same guy who claimed he saw the UFO) killed two six foot long Puerto Rican Boas. Torres claimed the snakes as they "stood ready to attack a 600-pound heifer."
For a few weeks the media claimed the two snakes were the culprits for all the animal killing in the area, and the "vampire" problem was declared over.
But on March 18, two goats were found drained of blood on the farm of Hector Vega. The goats had puncture marks on their necks. The next night seven more goats were found dead and twenty more were injured or missing. It seems the "vampire" had returned...
Puerto Rican comedian and entrepreneur Silverio Pérez is credited with coining the term "Chupacabra," which literally means "Goat-Sucker" in Spanish after the March attacks at Vega's farm made the press.
Shortly after the first reported incidents in Puerto Rico, other animal deaths were reported in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Brazil, United States, and Mexico. Were these killings connected?