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August 18, 2006



Looks like a dog to me, and it doesn't look big enough to be responsible for the mauling of other dogs.


I agree, looks like a dog. Nothing "mysterious" here. As far as the stench, I have smelled some pretty rank dogs before.


Ooh, learned a new word: "cryptozoologist".

Can you eat chupacabras on Fridays?


Definitely looks like a dog -- perhaps a Newfoundland mixed with a lab, which would make it a large dog.

The Western Confucian

My thoughts exactly: this was el chupacabras/em>.


Definetly not from this planet.
Definetly a mutant Man-Bear-Pig.
Watch out America and dont let it be said
no one told you!


In the original Chupacabra story, the animal also smelled foul and had longish fangs. But the original had long ears, and brittle necrid skin and this one looks like it has short ears.

Gene Branaman

Itallicus Expelliarmus!

Gene Branaman

OK, let's try that again.

Gene Branaman

Um . . . that's strange.

Ed Peters

You know,the Escondido Beast might have looked something like this, sortof. The Tamarack Beast is larger, kindof, and is sort of darkish-lightish, in a way. Not counting the albino groundog under the pine tree, of which photos exist. Somewhere.

Ed Peters

Gee, I always wondered how you guys did italics, and now i don't know how it did it.


Right ... just let me ... there we go.


It's a shame typepad doesn't seem to do even basic HTML sanitization -- someone malice-minded could do a lot more damage than simply spreading rogue emphasis.


(For those wondering what had transpired -- The Western Confucian's post contained an <em> whose closing </em> got mangled. Gene's attempts to close it by inserting </i> were fruitless, since despite having a similar visual effect, <i> and <em> are distinct tags.)

Tim J.

Honestly, I thought the animal looked pretty much like a dog, too, but why deny these folks their local legend?

Heck, they could make a yearly festival out of something like this... t-shirts, corn dog booths, a parade, maybe a ferris wheel, the whole nine yards...


Since we're on the topic (OFF the topic?) how do you do italics? Is it standard HTML, or BBS, or something else?

testing italics in html

Well that worked.



Oh, yes, and regarding the original topic, Tim J, they could serve Chupacabra Ears instead of Elephant Ears!



Oh, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation here. The corpse of this unfortunate dog displays the symptoms of having been infected by an alien parasite -- the Chupacabra. Oddly, our alien friend seems to have vacated its host early, before the latter shed all its fur and developed the characteristic brittle, necrid skin (a process normally taking weeks). Perhaps it discovered a more desirable host.

Has the driver of the vehicle been accounted for?


Check out the Cryptomundo website. It was immediatly tagged as a chow.

A dog.



Definitely looks like a dog to me.

In Jesu et Maria,


Fido!!!!!!! I was wondering where he went! :'(

Gene Branaman

Thanks, MenTaLguY, I was unaware of the em HTML tag until today. I have a very basic & limited knowledge of it. What I'd like to know how to do is make a word a link to an article I'm referencing. I know there's a href in there somewhere but I'm lost about the rest. I've Googled it but all the websites I find assume more HTML knowledge than I have.

And, Ed, I think I went to high school with the "Escondido Beast" - but I could be wrong.

Back OT . . . I thought it looked like a Chow but I couldn't see it's tongue. They're usually purple, aren't they? Or is that a canine myth?


Reminds of The Sheep Child:

"Say....I have heard tell

That in a museum in Atlanta
Way back in a corner somewhere
There's this thing that's only half
Sheep....like a woolly baby
Pickled in alcohol...because
Those things can't live..."



Oh -- poor puppy.


Here's a picture of a black chow with a bluish/purplish tongue.


Think it was VERY slow news day for AP to try to sucker the rubes into thinking that it's not a dog, or perhaps they're just seeing how far they can push the envelope?


Gene: well, at the risk of wandering even further offtopic, here's an example:

I like to read <a href="htp://www.jimmyakin.org/">Jimmy Akin's</a> blog.

...which renders thusly:

I like to read Jimmy Akin's blog.


The purple tinge - which is, really, the only unusual thing - in the photograph is obviously a Photoshop effect. You can tell by the way adjusting the hue has caused the green grass to have a sickly, unnatural look. Return the hue to its natural color and you have...a dog.

Perhaps this photograph was sent in by a Reuters stringer from the Middle East!

Brent Robbins

Looks like this thing is a cross breed of a Pekinese and a wolf

Dr. Eric

Isn't that the R.O.U.S.?

J.R. Stoodley

Trish stole my comment. Poor puppy.

Still, this could be an interesting story. There seems to be something fox-like about the creature to me. A mutant fox? A new species? A newly discovered North American canine species would be news indeed. I just hope it isn't extinct now if that is the case.

No doubt they will examine its genetics to find out what precisely it is.

J.R. Stoodley

After reading the artical linked to, I hope they can get a sample from the bones that are left. To bad no one took the carcas into their homes.

I was confused by the artical though. Was it the previous mysterious canine that turned out to be a wolf-dog hybrid or this creature?

The stench thing confuses me. Maybe it had a kill nearby, or maybe it had been eating carion, which made it stinky. The strange cry could just be the unusial sounds you would expect an unusial hybrid to make.

Then again, maybe there is something strang happening. Recently my family have been hearing the strangest crys coming from the woods that surround our house. It terrifies our cats and chills my blood a bit too. It sounds to me like a cross between a screaming cat and a snarling wolf, and once it repeated three times in an identical manner. I've never heard anything like it.


Just looks like a really ugly dog if you ask me...and it still looks like a really ugly dog if you don't ask me...


Maw, you were right Ol’ Yeller got a bad case of the uglies. We just can’t go on touchin him with 10ft poles. I’ll go out by the shed and put him out of his misery.


JR- it was the previous creature that someone remembered seeing that was a wolf/dog hybrid.

Y'know, I grew up around several wolf/dog hybrids (two were half husky, one was unknown) a half-dingo (supposedly, not genetically tested) and my folks have been trying to minimize the ill effects of dog/coyote crosses (real, nasty, but do less damage than the "house pet that is ALWAYS tied up in the back, couldn't have been him that attacked your calves" type dogs.)

None of those dogs look like that thing, although I suppose an ugly chow/chow mix with blue eyes would look like that if it'd been dead a while.


The article says 40-50 lb which I think would be about Chow size. A bit small to be pulling down Rotties if you ask me, but who knows, maybe there's a pack of 'em. The snout's odd for a chow, so it's probably a cross. Could be with coyote. Maybe with a small Nordic breed--some of them have blue eyes. I have a boxer/nordic or chow/shepherd cross that is about this size, stocky, and has a roughly conical snoot shorter than a shepherd or husky's but not smooshed like a boxer or chow's. She's much prettier than this specimen, of course--but so is anything that hasn't been bloating on the roadside for a couple of days.
As for the original chupacabras, aren't there hairless breeds in Mexico and Central America? I think we're looking at natural selection in ferals here.:-)
So--isn't this what DNA analysis is for? Why don't the photographers of these critters ever turn them over to the Forestry Department or Animal Control or somebody like that?


Ok now i live in maine just south of turner and i heard alllll about this story and having just seen the photo, i mean are you kidding me...its a f&*)Ck!ng dog! chupacabra, HAH!

Some Day

Maledictio Dei omnipotentis...


It's obviously a visitor from the planet Caninus-Prime from the Dogstar system.

Brian John Schuettler

I've had one of those fellows on my property for twenty years now. Well, I guess that finally explains the smell! Oh yeah, they are a hell of a lot scarier alive.
P.S. They are partial to grasshoppers and large frogs.

broken hearted child

dude...thats my dog..who killed him...his name is buddy...omg..my dog...i've been looking for him for a week..noo..my dog!!! i loved buddy..with all of my heart...he was my best friend...then he ran away...and now hes being labeled as a monster...no..hes not a monster...hes my friend...my companion...why would you think such a thing...and of course hes goiong to chase a cat...dogs dont like cats right..am i right...noooooooo buddy....why..why do you cruel people have to say this about my dog...i hope you guys are happy for breaking a kids heart..i dont know how i going to recover from this...maybe some therapy would do it!!! i looovee you buddy...now your in a better home...dog heaven...


It does look like maybe a chow or chow mix that got its hair clipped short for the summer heat wave.

I've got friends who get their Persian cats shaved down for hot weather.

I'd guess that the shorter hair is throwing people off from identifying it.


looks like a dog to me...

John Bon

It is for sure a chupacabra...I've seen those before...watch out Maine!



When I only saw the head picture and read the story I imediately thought of the chupacabra..but with the body...I'm not sure.. It looks almost fox like but I still dont think its a dog...Look at its face closely..


it is only a dog get over it


its a dog damnit....people get over it...that poor kid lost his buddy and now you are making fun of it....DAMNIT I"M FROM SD AND I KNOW WHAT A FRICKEN DOG LOOKS LIKE get a life all of you out there with those darn toy poodles learn what a real dog looks like....ocasionally they chase cats they aren't contaminated like all u vegeatarian scum and animal rights activists and stray dogs gotta eat to....they have feelings too ya know don't call them chupacabras that just hurts and is dumb.....GROW UP!!! u know what U R THE CHUPACABRA....


This is just a mixed dog. I live in maine, and they figured out that this was just a mutant dog. There is no proof that this is mauled the other dogs. So therefore. It's just a stray dog.


It's a dog...


it's a dog...even a child could tell..


its a dog


it might sound odd but it's kinda pretty in a way....that somthing this extrodnary has evolved.....i wouldn't say it's a Chupacabra, but it's definatly a hybrid, maybe a dog, with a wolf....what ever it is, it deserves a moment of silence frm all of us!!!!THE WONDERS OF NATURE CONTINUE TO BAFFLE!!!!

This actually kinda looks like a hybrid between a dog and a cat. It's got the looks of a cat and a dog in its face.

julie truman

alright this has gone way to far. ok it is not some kind of crazy animal its half huskey an half some small dog that i dont no the name. how do i no this i just do. the tail he gets from the huskey. the body is both really small dog an huskey put together. thank you for your time have a nice day.
Julie from maine

wow,i did not know people would go this far just to get on the telavision!!that looks like a poor dog who was tortured,and just plainly maked over...!!!!

Dog and cat Hybrid??? Gimme a break! And why would they say that this poor animal is responsible for the deaths of other dogs? That is so cruel! I agree with Julie

Robert Lee Freels Jr.

Hello, My name is Robert and I have to say that the strange creature that walked umong us in the picture above is not a chupacabra, its the result of a cat and a dog trust me. I have seen the chupacabra 4 times and I know it lives in Mexico. I will catch the chupacabra. I have already caught bigfoot 6 times. Hes a really nice creature. He came over my house and I gave him some ice tea. I even had him spend the night. The next morning my mom said he had to leave because I had to clean my room, so I told him to wait outside. When I went out there he was eating my pet rabbit but I didn't care because Murphy was old anyways. Me,bigfoot and my dad played football together but bigfoot caught the ball and my dad tackled him so bigfoot broke my dads neck.That was the last time I ever saw bigfoot. Heres some advice on how to catch bigfoot,set out a bear trap and some sandwiches. good luck. I gotta go.


it is a dog people, just an odd one.

Michael Jackson

Its a fucking dog u moron!!!

Bigg Bill Senior

My name is Bigg Bill and i agree with what Robert Lee Freels Jr. says about the chupacabra being in mexico because i have a friend that went to mexico his name was Jose Saldona and he says that the chupacabra hangs out with a bunch of beaners.The guy at the top with the cowboy hat doesn't know shit and he looks like a faggot.If the chupacabra messes with bigfoot my friends the Turnbull AC's(Skinheads) will beat the shit out of the chupacabra with 2/4's So take that shit faggot.feel free to place a comment about me and robert lee freels jr thanks.

kyle Davis

That Robert Lee Freels sounds like a faggot. Its a dog.

Mark Jenkins

Thats just a dog. Back in 57' when I was abducted by aliens I saw the real chupacabra. His name is kajunga. its a mixture of a kangaroo, a fish and a human. P.S. AC/DC RULES!!!!!!!!!!


Looks like a....HAGGIS! Very rare and dangerous, Normally found in the Highlands of scotland mind you! Och aye the noo!


this looks like a dog and a chupacabra is supposed to look like a person that had been put through a fire and it has long claws and ears it's supposed to have wings and look to horribly hittious to look at

Robert danscerio

well this "Monster" seems to be no where close to being related to the real thing which was normaly told to be 8ft tall with 3 inch fangs and breaths a foul smell wich would knock asleep children carring for sheep then it would hide its odor from other animals by inhaling through its skin as to keep other predators unaware.im 15 for more facts of the real "Cupacabra" write me at boattop20022000@yahoo.com i have other facts on other mysteries such as BF(Big Foot) and big foot has only one big foot if so why do people have a pair of Big "FEET"?


Those eyes are ghastly, very creepy face to say the least, almost... human?

it looks like a dog to me or a puppy poor thing


Sorry, that dog won't hunt. Not just because it's dead, but because it's furry. VERY furry. I don't know what you've got there, maybe a wolf-dog hybrid or maybe something truly weird, but it's NOT a chupacabra.

Chupcabras, or at least the critters alleged to be chupacabras that have been photographed repeatedly here in Texas, are hairless. They have a longer, narrower snout than the critter in your picture, and a creepy overbite and fangs not exactly like any other canids. And instead of fuzzy fur, they're covered with unpleasant-looking grey-blue skin which according to a family of (sane, sober) witnesses, literally starts falling apart almost at the moment of death.

I'm convinced we've actually got some here in Texas (Cuero, Lufkin, and Elmendorf among other sightings) and they're legend in Mexico.

I'm sorry the news articles on the "Elmendorf Beast" that was killed in Texas in 2004 are no longer on the web, but here's a link with pictures of it, so you can see how much it does NOT resemble the unfortunate pup in the picture above.

And another link, to the current crypto-phenom in Cuero, Texas. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jgIXOzgj5X8SCBnCesj3lr62Yczw

This time DNA testing is being done on the Cuero Chupa, at two respected institutions, so we ought to get some answers.


That is so not a chupacabra. Thats is a dog.


Well personally speaking from being very familair with many dog breeds this looks like a cross between a corgi (hence the relatively short legs) and a chow chow given the body size and shape and the coat. If you look in an AKC breed book at both breeds and identify with certain characteristics of both breeds it is very possible. Bottom line it was probly someones pet that they lost while on vacation in Maine. It happens too often. Hungry domestic pets will eventually turn to killing chickens etc. to survive depending on the breed. Chows can be somewhat aggressive and Corgis are a herding breed and can really move despite the short legs.


NOT all there are ya son? Haven't you ever seen what a good hit and a few days in the sun can do to something dead. It looks like a normal run of the mill dog that was hit pretty hard. I once saw a cat that was hit so hard in the head it's eyes popped out, but I didn't call ACME. anyway if that a deamon dog I'd like one for a pet.


It's a dog. It doesn't look odd at all. It looks like a mixed breed. It might look "odd" because it's dead and was hit by a car... but it's not some sort of creature.

Richard Head

I have to agree it has to be half man, half bear, and half pig=man-bear-pig. It must be a product of global warming! Ahhh, were all gonna die!


i am 11 yrs old but BELIEVE ME that is a dog. i have seen MANY dogs that look like that. HECK ive seen one in a pet shop. ( still alive ) this person probaly gave this dog medicine and put it to sleep and let it sit there for a couple of weeks untill maggets and other crappy stuff comes. its simple and ANYBUTY can do that.


It looks like a fucking wolf drawn in a story board cause the face is so fucking wierd looking ii think cause in face its is short and wierd looking


guess what. its a chow.


btw.. imma try that sandwhich thing on bigfoot.. i wanna kick it with that dude. ill make a note to not play football with him though.


hey guys, got somethin for you.
dogs can be born deformed!
a genetic defect? how and why???
i lived in a little town in massachusetts and had neighbors that werent all there. 2 houses down, there was a family of 4 that had a pregnant dog that gave birth to 2 cute little puppies. :) one was normal, and the other.......hmmm. what do you get with a german sheppard with a great loss of fur, somewhat deformed teeth, deformed short snout and bizarre long legs???
and ohh yeah, i forgot to mention, the father was busted for having a meth lab in the basement.
i think the mother dog was exposed to chemicals causing a freak puppy to be born.
i was given the deformed puppy, hes full grown sitting next to me, and truly......scary as all heck to look at, but we love him to death, hes a gentle giant, weird personality though.


Damn Dog! thats a bad ass Dog!wish i had 1 like that

How is this a mutant? It just looks like a normal dog to me.


I think it's real I mean it has human teeth. I have never seen an animal other than a monkey with human teeth.You guys should see youtube. It has actual news casts about the chupacabra. and shows real live pics of the dead ones. Check It out!

It's a dog people!!! I guess most of you all haven't been around may. It looks to me like a chow mix. Chows usually look like that, with the exception of the tail. they have short snouts and legs. and if the DOG was only 40-50 pounds how did it kill a Rottie? It is not a wolf hybrid. they get huge and their legs are long. i work with dogs. I see dogs similar to this one almost every day.

looks like a friendly fella, not bad for being a pet, never know how he might turn out to be


hmmm, i wonder how he died, rear being


hmmm, i wonder how he died, rear being


hmmm, i wonder how he died, rear being


hmmm, i wonder how he died, rear being


hmmm, i wonder how he died, rear being


That's a dog.


An ugly dog.


this creature is called a Burangi(shapeshifter)
it chose to take this form as it died so as not to create a problem for your people. because you do not beleive in power. it probably did maul those dogs
where there is one there are many warning


hmm. it does look like a dog. something about it feels different though.

this is looks like a dog,but just in the body..in the face is something diferent

it's a dog

its a dog stupid

Wel, this is sou terrable!!!and cool

....I don´t no...its a dog or a "monster"??? i see very photo about chupacabra and in the one are this photo and the other are a goat thin...Wel...what photo I beleve?

King Rex

That is a dog. Dude!!!!! What were you thinking It has to bea dog.



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