Chupacabra:The Legendary Goatsucker of Latin America
Mysterious, perhaps mythical beast reported in two
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Reports of a mysterious, vampire-like beast
that allegedly preys on animals have reappeared suddenly in two Latin
On Wednesday, the newspapers Nuevo Diario and La Prensa published photos
of a dead creature that sheepherder Jorge Luis Talavera claimed was a
"chupacabras," a "goat-sucker," he had killed with a shotgun.
The dog-sized creature had a bull-like head and small feet.
Gioconda Chevez, a zoologist who examined it, told the newspapers that
the creature had smooth skin like that of a bat, long claws and a
crocodile-like crest running down its back.
The cadaver was turned over to the National Autonomous University, where
officials said it would be examined.
Talavera said he had lost several sheep in mysterious ways recently at
his farm in western Nicaragua and stayed awake at night to catch the
The Mexico City daily El Universal, meanwhile, also reported rumors of a
goat-sucker in the town of San Pedro in the northern state of Coahuila.
Farmers had reported the unexplained deaths of several animals there.
Rumors of goat-suckers spread across Latin America several years ago,
though many officials dismissed the reports, saying animals were being
killed by wolves, dogs or coyotes.
The rumors spawned folk songs, t-shirts and even little rubber
Reports were common in Puerto Rico and there were some in the Rio Grande
Valley of Texas.