There have been plenty of chupacabra claims in the last few years, but now a couple from Texas thinks they’ve caught a live one.
Jackie Stock said her husband captured the animal on their property in Ratcliffe, Texas on Sunday.
“He called me to come and look, and I said ‘Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,'” Stock told crossroadstoday.com.
Arlen Parma, a Ratcliffe resident and long-time raccoon hunter is convinced the critter is not a mangy raccoon because of its unique growl.
“A coon doesn’t make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a chupacabra does,” Parma told the station. But, there are plenty of naysayers.
“The animal in the cage as best I can tell from the view is some sort of a small canine,” Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said.
Ortego said the animal most likely has mange which has caused it to lose its hair. Most chupacabra claims turn out to be mangy coyotes.
The creature is staying at the Stock household, living off a diet of cat food and corn, until someone can determine its species.
“We were just trying to figure out what it is because we’ve never seen anything like it before,” Stock said.
Do you think this little critter is a baby chupacabra? Or, maybe just a fox with mange?