El Chupacabra: New Monster or Synthesis
of Old Ones?
Us monster aficionados know that all monsters are not created equal
but we also know that some seem to be more real than others. Sifting
through the chaff, as it were, is something we like to do though. The
challenge of spotting the fake is nearly as much fun as deciding that
another monster is undoubtedly the real deal. The relative "newness"
El Chupacabra and its similarities to other, older monsters must be
taken into account when deciding whether he's a hoax or not.
Details about "Chupa"
El Chupacabra, "The Goat Sucker" in Spanish, received its
name because it reportedly sucked all of the blood out of some goats
in Puerto Rico in the mid-90s. Even those who haven't heard of El Chupacabra
have heard of instances where animals, often cattle, are mysteriously
drained of all their blood. In most parts of the U.S., gray aliens get
the credit for sucking these beasts dry but in certains places where
Hispanics are the majority, El Chupacabra is known to be the blood letter
of cattle. The monster's appearance is the bizarre combination of "gray"
aliens, monkeys, and lizards. The combination adds up to large black
(although sometimes red) eyes, huge fangs, spikes of some sort running
the length of its back, sharp claws, and often (but not always) short,
chimp-like hair over most of its body.
Aside from a few blood lettings of cattle in Texas during the 70s, the
first verifiable sightings of "Chupa" took place in Puerto
Rico during 1994 and 1995. The first account describes "little
grays" being found under a bed and then chased out of the house
with a broom. By the following year though, Chupa had developed a taste
for blood and seemed to get mighty thirsty. In fact, by the winter of
1995 he had an omnivorous appetite for sheep, turkeys, rabbits, goats,
cats, dogs, horses, cows, and even a stuffed teddy bear. By the end
of that year, El Chupacabra was credited with killing over 1,000 animals
in Puerto Rico. Since that time, his popularity has only grown and he's
more ubiquitous than ever today. In fact, you might not have heard a
cat in your back yard last night after all...
Before you discount its sudden appearance into the world, and our psyches,
and call "foul" on Chupa's veracity consider that many people
claim to have seen this creature. As well, some interesting theories
might help lend Chupa's existence some credence. My favorite theory
stems from the interesting possibility that aliens might have such things
for pets or perhaps created them for experimental purposes. For that
matter, perhaps the creature is used by aliens to collect samples for
experimentation? Or, equally intriguing, Chupa might have escaped from
an alien lab (the product of gene-manipulation?) and quickly adapted
to our world in the only way it knew how: sucking blood from earthly
beasts of burden.
Regardless, this short maelstrom might
be a real life demon from another planet. Remember: just because he
hasn't attacked humans yet doesn't mean that you won't be the first!