A Brief History of the Chupacabra

posted: 08/07/16
by: Kelly McClure
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Alvin Padayachee via Wikimedia Commons

During the mid-90s throughout villages in Puerto Rico, famers were beginning to share stories of seemingly unexplainable things happening to their livestock. Upon setting out to work their land in the morning, several different people were finding that something had crept in during the night and killed their sheep, goats, cows, and horses. After inspecting the dead animals, looking for bite marks that would indicate whether a wild dog or perhaps large monkey had killed them, they were baffled to see small incisions on the animals' necks through which their bodies had been entirely drained of blood.

The name given to the unknown beast causing all of this damage is Chupacabra--which translates to literally mean "goat-sucker." There were over 200 reported sightings of it in Puerto Rico during 1995, and then, just like that, you stopped hearing about it-- unless the name was said during a drunken moment of story telling.

Since the original sightings of the Chupacabra it's been thought that perhaps the true origins of the creature can be traced back to 1975. During that year there had been similar instances of livestock being mysteriously drained of blood via puncture marks. When news made the rounds in local papers the name given to the mysterious beast this time around is El Vampiro de Moca.

To this day no one really knows what was out there killing livestock in Puerto Rico. Was it the Chupacabra? Was it El Vampire de Moca? Or was it just the creative work of vandals and thieves? As with any mystery, this one is kept alive by people who have been fascinated with it for years, and reported sightings (some even caught on video) still happen fairly regularly.

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