Thursday, January 17, 2013
I started my search off with Wikipedia to gain basic information on this cryptid. Chupacabra derives its name from the Spanish words chupar "to suck" and cabra "goat". This very literal name helps us infer as to the nature of this cryptid which is in fact sucking the blood out of goats. This monster is said to be roughly the size of a small bear with a spiky spine similar to that of reptile that spans from its neck to the base of its tail. Though it is partial towards goats Chubacabra also enjoys the blood of various livestock as well as dogs. When these animals in question are found dead they all have 3 tiny puncture wounds on their chest that serve as the points where their blood was completely drained from by the "animal". These puncture wounds are what lead people to blame Chupacabra as opposed to normal predators such as foxes and wolves.
Wikipedia also helped me to pinpoint what areas Chupacabra frequented, and eyewitness accounts ranged from Maine, Russia, the Phillipines, but primarily Latin American communities with the first sighting dating back to the late 1990's in Puerto Rico. However looking deeper I realized that the Chupacabra sightings in Puerto Rico were different then those sighted in the United States, where they use the term to describe dogs or coyotes severely afflicted by mange and not a monster.
Reviewing the references of this Wikipedia article I ran into more dead links than I would have liked but I did find an interesting article on how someone thought they found Chupacabra dead in Texas and used it to sell T-shirts of the monster, as it turns out it was just a dog( http://news.mongabay.com/2007/0904-chupacabra.html). Though this was not very pertinent to my search it did lead me to two newspapers from Puerto Rico El Vocero and El Nuevo Dia that reported on the early Chupacabra sightings, which I hope to explore more when we get into our newspaper potions of the class.