Drawing of a Chupacabra

Case File: Chupacabras
Location: Puerto Rico
Date: March 1995
Description: Puerto Rico is a island territory belonging to the United States known as a tourist spot by vacationers. Known for primarily appearing near the rural farming communities, the Chupacabra is described as a kangaroo-like monster with reptile features with strange scales and sometimes described as dog-like.


History: In March of 1995, a farmer in Puerto Rico discovered eight of his sheep dead, with strange puncture wounds and found that all of the blood was drained from the bodies. A few months later in September 1995, a man named David Negran went to check on his goat when he found that it had been killed, and then he saw the red-eyed, reptile and kangaroo-type creature. The beast was then dubbed "Chupacabra". Within the next few months, hundreds of animals would be killed and mutilated throughout Puerto Rico, and then drained of blood. Attacks and sightings of "Chupacabras" were soon reported throughout all of Puerto Rico, most concentrated in the town of Canovanas. By October, even the mayor of the town was involved in the investigation in attempting to find the creature. A former skeptic, police officer Eliezer Rivera, believed that the sightings were all mass hysteria until one night he was driving and saw a Chupacabra along the side of the road, which began watching him as well. Eliezer is now certain that the Chupacabra is real. Although many skeptics believe that the Chupacabras were really wild dogs that killed the animals, but others believe that the Chupacabra is real. In early 1996, several animals were killed in Miami similar to the victims of the Chupacabra, and now some believe that the beast might have come to the United States.
Background: None
Investigations: The police of the cities in Puerto Rico investigated to attempt to locate the creature. Veterinarian Caros Soto looked at several animals and found the puncture wounds on the back of its neck, that had some of its internal organs removed, but did not go through rigor mortis. Carlos has been unable to explain what happened to the animals. However, a spokesman for the Puerto Rican government claimed that the animals were probably attacked by wild dogs.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the April 26, 1996 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In July of 2010, two animals were killed in Texas that were believed to be Chupacabras. However, it was later determined that the "Chupacabras" were actually coyotes with parasite infections. In October of 2010, University of Michigan scientists have determined that Chupacabras were probably just diseased coyotes. However, some still believe that the Chupacabras are creatures that have yet to be explained.
Links: None

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