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The History of El Chupacabra

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In the annals of Chupacabra lore, the winter of 1995 was a time like no other. In Puerto Rico, arguably the center of modern Chupacabra activity, at least a dozen reports of Chupacabra attacks mounted quickly:

  • In Orocovis, farmers found eight sheep completely drained of blood. Each bore puncture wounds.
  • In Guanica, 44-year-old Osvaldo Claudio Rosado claimed to have been grabbed from behind by a gorilla. Puerto Rico has no gorillas. After fighting off the creature, Rosado needed treatment for scratches and cuts around his torso. Chickens and cows died nearby soon thereafter of single wounds to the neck, the blood simply gone.
  • In Canovanas, livestock deaths reached into the hundreds. Mayor Jose "Chemo" Soto raised a posse of volunteers and personally hunted every week for the creature for nearly a year, armed with rifles and a caged goat. He failed to catch it. He was, however, re-elected.
  • In Torrecilla Baja, a woman found a chicken dead of perforations in the neck, her cat dead with its genitals gone and her guinea pigs with their throats slit.

The animal soon made the leap to the mainland, with 69 chickens, goats and ducks found dead on a Florida lawn, again with their blood drained. Michigan and Oregon suffered subsequent attacks. Then, a rash of bloodsuckings in Mexico created a minor media sensation by late 1996, according to The Chupacabra Home Page, a project of some Princeton University students with time on their hands that is considered to be a definitive clearinghouse of Chupacabra lore.

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