Chupacabra or Coyote with Mange?

– – Once again a farmer, this time in Kentucky, has shot a hideous, otherworldly-looking creature, raising speculation that it was the chupacabra, the legendary livestock killer.

Researchers and wildlife experts tend to think that this and similar creatures are most likely coyotes, raccoons, or opossums with mange, however.  Infection by tiny parasites or mites causes the infection in such cases, which results in the animal’s hair falling out and their skin becoming shriveled.

DNA testing by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is expected to solve the mystery of the pictured animal’s true identity…

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4 Comments on “Chupacabra or Coyote with Mange?”

  1. carycomic Says:

    It looks more like someone shot a poor feral Sphinx cat! You know; those naturally hairless offshoots of the Siamese cat? The ones so popular with the sufferers of pet-dander allergies?

    And, in that light, I now hope I’m guessing wrong. 😦

    • vulpesffb Says:

      I think the wildlife expert I read felt that this creature was too small to be a coyote, and was leaning towards it being an opossum…and if someone shot a cat, they’ll be answering to ME! 😦

  2. carycomic Says:

    In any event: HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂


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