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A Ground Zero Investigation: Into the late breaking story of the alleged dead Chupacabra

A report compiled by Clyde Lewis

Rumors that the alleged remains of the Chupacabra have been found in Nicaragua are true, however it must be emphasized that the creature is thought to be the remains of the Chupacabra and may turn out to be something else entirely.

Authorities have serious doubts about what the remains are or what they belong to but shall withhold their ruling until all tests are in. There is some doubt about its being merely a dog. However dog or not, the Chupacabra has definitely thrown some good old-fashioned terror into the hearts of people all over the world.

According to the stories that have circulated about the beast, the "Chupacabra" has been responsible for the deaths of goats, chickens, cows, and sheep whose bodies have been found exsanguinated with wounds caused by what appear to be "fangs" much like the mythical vampire.

While it’s popularity as a cultural bogeyman began with sightings in Puerto Rico the Chupacabra itself may have had its origins as far back as the 1950’s.

Screaming Kangaroos:
The Macropus or "Screaming Kangaroo" was seen all over the western United States in the 1950’s. These creatures were described as being at least 150 pounds, with large hind legs, stubby arms, and sharp teeth. When cornered they would scream a piercing unearthly scream. They were seen in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Some people claimed that the creature resembled a dog, a kangaroo, and a pterodactyl with large reptilian wings.

Cattle Mutilation Stories from the 1970’s:

Cattle mutilations had scientists and law enforcement authorities baffled. Exsanguinated and mutilated victims were piling up in our nation’s ranches. Cattle weren’t the only creatures to fall victim to the predators. There were also sheep, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens, and various other farm and domestic animals. While the simplest explanation was that dogs and wolves were responsible others claimed that Satanic cults were at work and others claimed that black helicopters and even marauding extraterrestrials were responsible.

The attack of the Condor:

It was the theory at the time that perhaps what people were seeing was a common Condor. A mature Condor is about 45 inches tall and has a wingspan of at least 10 feet. The bird has no feathers on its head, which gives it a reptile appearance, and it has a long snout or bill that could easily be confused with a "dog like" appearance. The Condor is not an aggressive bird and is a member of the Vulture family, a bird that dines primarily on the decaying rotting flesh of a dead animal.

The Jersey Devil:

In 1993 the Jersey Devil made headlines in the northeastern United States. Once again the creature resembled a Kangaroo with Large red eyes, fangs and, leathery wings. Other creatures or sightings that have similar templates are "The Demon of Devon," "The Mothman," and "The Flatwoods Monster."

Ehhhhhhh Chupacabra:

In the mid 1990’s the Chupacabra became a celebrity monster after a rash of Chupacabra sightings were reported in Puerto Rico. Bloodless carcasses seemed to litter rural Puerto Rico and the marketing machine began to crank out T-shirts, bumper stickers, and soon websites began popping up on the internet asking people to be on the look out for the beast.

Ground Zero was hot on the investigation however after we called the Department of Agriculture in Puerto Rico we discovered that perhaps we had been deceived. News directly from Puerto Rico determined that the "Goat Sucker" might have been the over active imaginations of rural townspeople.

The authorities quickly gave their explanation that the Chupacabra was nothing more than wild dogs. One person that I spoke to on the phone even blamed Rhesus Monkeys that may have escaped from a laboratory there. Authorities then changed their minds yet again and claimed that the attacks on farm animals were the result of Vultures.

I set out to make a satire or novelty out of the Chupacabra by writing the "Chupacabra" song. The song was a parody of Los Del Rio’s Macarena. The song ended up on late night talk show "Coast to Coast" AM with Art Bell. Its popularity was enormous.

Word to Clyde: Don’t mess with the Chupacabra!

After the Chupacabra song was written I received a letter from Guierrmo Peralta, a fan who listened on the Internet in Mexico. He told me that while it was easy to write off the Chupacabra as a myth, there are many Latinos who regard the Chupacabra as a manifestation of pure evil.

He told me that whenever the Chupacabra attacked there would be a smell of strong sulfur and that many people would become sick to their stomachs before an attack. He gave me all kinds of info on how it could very well be a creature from another dimension or in fact a Creature from hell. He compared it to a living Gargoyle and the goat headed god Baal that drank the blood of the innocents.

Back to the Drawing Board:
I moved my investigation out of Cryptozoology and watched a television special on Telemundo where Linda Moulten Howe surmised that the Chupacabra was in fact an alien creature and that perhaps it was a pet left behind by Extra terrestrials. While other reports out of Rural Miami and Texas described the creature as dog like and kangaroo like, the Chupacabra was thrown into the alien arena and sure enough the aliens came to El Yunque national Forest in Puerto Rico. This time UFO activity accompanied the Chupacabra. While no aliens were captured two Chupacabras were allegedly trapped and taken to the U.S. mainland for study.

That was when I put an end to my investigations went back to my original theory which was that the Chupacabra was most definitely a creature that was a simple unclassified animal that had met it’s mythological hype, and was bastardized as an alien creature like Bigfoot and Elvis before him.

The stories would grow taller and the information would not produce any evidence of the Chupacabra. The Chupacabra by now was seen all over the U.S. with sightings reaching as far North as Michigan and Klamath Falls Oregon.

The Year 2000, Evidence of the Chupacabra?

The first reports of the year 2000 about the Chupacabra claim that a live Chupacabra was found in Chile. According to a report filed in April it was Chile’s first reported attack. The Incident was reported in Calama, a mining town in the heart of Chile's harsh northern desert. Farmers awoke to find their goats and sheep dead in their pens.

There were no eyewitnesses to the attacks however it fit the profile. Whatever killed the livestock hadn't eaten them, but inexplicably drained the animals of blood and left the meat behind.

Calama officials quickly called in the National Guard. Hundreds of armed soldiers undertook a massive search of the area, hunting the Chupacabra. Night patrols, however, found nothing.

Skeptics concluded that the farm was attacked by a Puma, but even then no Puma could be found.

Chilean government steps in:

Federales in Chile took over the investigation. In Chile's capital of Santiago, the Justice Ministry began an investigation into who or what was attacking rural Chilean farm animals. Still, they came up with nothing. By late June, an official Chilean government statement had blamed the attacks on wild dogs.

Another version of the story Chupacabra Captured, Soldier Dies:
It was reported that when the Chilean Troops investigated the Chupacabra attacks in Calama they found nothing. However it has been widely rumored that Chilean troops captured the three Chupacabra in the desert near the Radomiro Tomic mine north of Calama.

During the capture there was a rapid volley of gunfire where one Chilean soldier was allegedly killed. The three creatures--a male, a female and a child-- were held at the regiment's barracks for several hours. Then it is alleged that the creatures were picked up and taken by NASA for inspection. NASA denies the charge stating that the story changes every time you hear it. This of course is true. It was reported also that the Chilean Soldiers found a Chupacabra nest with eggs inside. Radio programs in Chile have also NASA of creating the Chupacabra in a lab by doing genetic experimentation on baboons. NASA is amused by all of the speculation and says that they know nothing about the capture of the Chupacabra.

August 30th, 2000 Chupacabra killed in Nicaragua:

On August 27th I talked with Mexican National reporter Jaime Maussan about my presentation at the San Jose UFO EXPO. On a Compact Disc I was offering my investigation into the Amistad incident that happened in Chile in 1984. I mentioned that I wanted him to have a copy of it and that it included the infamous Chupacabra song.

He then related to me that the Chupacabra had been captured and that it is a mammal and not extra terrestrial. He concluded that perhaps it predated the dinosaurs. He claimed that indeed it was captured in Chile and that it would make the news soon.

On August 30th I received word that La Prensa, a Nicaraguan newspaper had filed a report claiming that a farmer had shot the Chupacabra. I did not want to report the story because I was confused about the location.

I then went to the Newspaper’s website and began the arduous task of translating a few paragraphs.

News out of Nicaragua's La Prensa claims that the carcass of a dead animal presumably the Chupacabra is now being examined At the Medical Campus of UNAN-Leonto to determine it's species The stages of investigation have been divided into three stages. The first is preservation of the remains, which were badly picked over by vultures.

The other is sending DNA to labs and the third to classify it as a species.

Characteristics of the animal's skeletal system, number of vertebrae and ribs, nails, decomposition rate, are now being placed in a data base. People who live in Tolapa (where the animal was shot by a farmer) characterize the animal as being bold, dog-like and capable of making rapid movements. The jaw line and the fangs terrified investigators.

I sent them out in the newsletter and then a full translation was sent out:

LEON, Nicaragua — The carcass of a creature believed to be the elusive — and to date mythical — Chupacabra was found on the outskirts of a small Nicaraguan farm 92 miles from the city of Malpasillo. According to the farmer, Jorge Talavera, he shot the creature three days earlier and left the remains for the vultures.

Talavera told Nicaraguan newspaper, La Prensa, that the creature sucked the blood of 25 of his sheep in just 15 days, and his neighbor lost 35 others — nearly five sheep were lost per night.

Malpasillo veterinarian Gioconda Chévez told La Prensa, "It could be a hybrid animal made up of several species, created in a laboratory by genetic engineering." But local authorities want to be sure.

The finding of the carcass of the alleged "Chupacabra" or "goat sucker" has caused eyebrows to raise since many researchers and theorists have thrown the mythological creature in the same category as "Bigfoot" and others have claimed that the creature has ET origins. Now with a carcass we may get to the bottom of what the Chupacabra truly is. For the record the examination of the creature is not to determine if it is from another planet, but to determine what its origins are. The general consensus is that what has been captured is a strange species of with a Canine origin with the only discrepancy being that the animal’s spinal column has seven vertebrae. A dog has less than seven.

All that is known is that the creature is far from being an ordinary animal.— Clyde Lewis

CHUPACABRA What could it Be?

Is the Chupacabra a relative of the primitive Thrinaxodon? The similarities in eyewitness testimony are uncanny!
All Theories are those of Clyde Lewis you may link all correspondence to

Chupacabra theories are everywhere now that the remains of one have allegedly been found. There seems to be a consensus that the Chupacabra could have a Canine origin, however there are discrepancies such as vertebrate structure, teeth and nails. The skeleton of the creature is not typical of your average Canine.

So here is another theory to consider, we may be dealing with a creature that lived 240 million years ago. The Chupacabra could possibly be a relative of the primitive Thrinaxodon or if we wanted to venture even closer to the edge it could very well be one. There is a possibility that the Thrinaxodon could have survived the extinction level event that allegedly killed the dinosaurs.

Ground Zero recently wrote an article that talked about the possibility of prehistoric creatures living in South America. In the article "The Discovery of the beast" we read that many scientists have stated that climatic changes could be responsible for most of the dinosaurs that died off. Evidence shows that the temperature dropped at the end of the Mesozoic era and the sea levels fell. This destroyed the perfect green house that kept all kinds of life fruitful.

A sudden change in climate affected the growth of plants throwing the ecosystem out of balance and depleting the food supply for the animals. However areas of South America and Africa have virtually remained unchanged since that time.

The latest reports from Nicaragua claim that the remains of what is believed to be a Chupacabra have been found and many scientists are saying that the specimen may be the remains of a canine.

The ranchers of the area where the Chupacabra was shot insist that The animal found in the area is different from a common hound, since its teeth were pink in color, it stood differently and it drained the blood of at least 120 sheep.

The first reports out of Nicaragua painted the creature as a hybrid species of both reptile and canine:

The presence of this being, characterized as being bold, dog-like and capable of making rapid movements, conducted its final attacks on the San Lorenzo farm, forcing the estate's owner, Jorge Luis Talavera, to initiate a hunt that would terminate the "Chupacabras" existence. –La Prensa De Nicaragua

Other witnesses told La Prensa:

After having found the alleged "Chupacabras", some locals, like Mr. Milan Rojas, claim that it is neither a dog nor a wolf, but rather the strange product of a combination of various dog types. "I am familiar with all types of wild animal and this one seems strange to me, given its bare, long and thin tail, which differs greatly from that of a wolf, which is quite hairy," he explained.

Zootechnician Giocconda Chevez, who reached the site to learn more about the discovery, noted that the animal had extremely high nails located above its claws which possibly aided it in attacking its victims, along with the oversized set of fangs.

She further notes that its eye-sockets are somewhat large in comparison with its head, making note--as did other visitors to the site--of several protuberances in the upper vertebrae "shaped like a crocodile's crest".

What Don Jairo found most startling was the lack of bodily hair and very small ears. Although the animal has been reduced to a skeleton after the vultures feasted upon it, it is shaped like a long, yellow-colored dog, given the pigmentation which can still be seen on part of its tail. Nonetheless, curiosity-seekers have indicated that its resembles no known specimen. --- La Prensa De Nicaragua

Recent allegations have now been presented to the national press also claim that:

The Chupacabras of Malpaisillo" (Leon) which has caused such interest at the local and international level after having been shot to death by a rancher, has vanished following the disclosures made by scientists of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua-Leon (UNAN), who opined that the animal discovered was the skeleton of a dog.

"This is our initial impression, that it isn't an unknown animal but merely a dog. Further analysis is still required to reach a final conclusion," said Edmundo Torres, the vice chancellor for research at UNAN-Leon. – La Prensa de Nicaragua

These characteristics most definitely mimic those of the Cynodonts a type of mammal like reptile species that the Thrinaxodon belongs to. Thrinaxodon, a small Lystrosaurus Zone cynodont, shows many of the characters of the group. Especially striking are the post-canine teeth, each of which carries several well-developcd cusps.
Also the another trait that Thrinaxodon shares with the alleged Chupacabra remains is the skull with large eye sockets and huge jaw bone. The lower jaw of the Cynodont is considerably enlarged as are the eye sockets. Another highly specialized group, known as the Ictidosauria, were very small animals where the dentary bone of the lower jaw was actually in contact with the skull and effectively formed the entire lower jaw. By this character the Ictidosauria could be classified as mammals, but other features suggest that they were approaching the mammalian grade independently of the true cynodont-mammal line. –Source South African Museum

Now compare the examples to the pictures of what is coming out of Nicaragua

The picture clearly shows similar attributes.

The first reports out of Nicaragua stated the following:

"Characteristics of the animal's skeletal system, number of vertebrae and ribs, nails, decomposition rate, are now being placed in a data base. People who live in Tolapa (where the animal was shot by a farmer) characterize the animal as being bold, dog-like and capable of makingrapid movements. The jaw line and the fangs terrified investigators." –La Prensa De Nicaragua

Can this all be possible? Can a creature that was once believed to be extinct exist? The answer is yes. It was discovered as recently as 1989 that a creature called the Tuatara existed.
The Tuatara live on a few island near New Zealand Tuataras are the only survivors of an order of reptiles whose other members died out about 60 million years ago. In fact the Tuatara may even pre-date the dinosaurs.

Tuataras have a large head and stocky build. In addition they have a very strong tail and a spiny crest down their backs. They also have a third eye. Tuataras can live to be one hundred years old. Although the Thrinaxodon is closely associated with South Africa there are theories that support the idea that most living Dinosaurs could have migrated when the earth was in a state of Pangea. It is theorized that 180 million years ago Pangea began to break apart separating what is now South America from Africa. Many fossils and plants that appear on different continents across large oceans are the same. South America and South Africa share many of the same fossils and animals. There is no doubt that the testimony of witnesses declaring that the Chupacabra may be a that a dog like creature with reptilian skin could point circumstantially to a prehistoric creature like the Thrinaxodon while the theory is possible we may have to say at the moment that in all likelihood the alleged Chupacarcass may just be something as simple as a wild dog. –Clyde Lewis

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