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Chupacabra made its way to West Texas


Has legendary Chupacabra made its way to West Texas?


From: Gerry Lovell / Far Shores



Source: Midland Reporter-Telegraph

Date: May 29 1998

Header: Has legendary Chupacabra made its way to WestTexas?

Byline: Rick Lopez


A recent report of sheep taken from a Midland County ranch makes me wonder if the ever-popular Chupacabra has made its way to West Texas.


For some of you who are unfamiliar with the legendary Chupacabra (pronounced chew-pah-khab-rah), it's a scaled, winged and fanged alien/beast that reportedly sucks the blood out of livestock.


Its name translated in English means, "the goat sucker." Its origin has been traced to South American farmers, who blame the creature for sabotaging their livestock. The lore made its way to Puerto Rico, Florida and even the Rio Grande Valley.


I figured it'd only be a matter of time before this nuisance followed me to Midland.


When I was in South Texas, the Chupacabra would make his way into the police reports at least once a month. The scenario always involved a rural farmer who'd call authorities after finding dead animals on his property - all of which sustained two puncture wounds to the neck.


Then, the complainant would come to our newspaper with Polaroid pictures of his decaying animals. My assignment would come soon after: I'd have to ask a serious lawman to explain how the alien killed an entire herd of cows and if charges were to be filed. I could just see the docket: Case No. 0001, the People vs. Goat sucker; charges: criminal mischief, cruelty to animals and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.


Instead of making him laugh, the officer would throw me out of his office, telling me that I wasted his time with such absurd tales.


Here in the basin, the closest thing I've seen to the goat sucker is a news reporter who did a live shot from a pet cemetery in west Odessa. At prime time, this person poked at bloated animal carcasses with a branch , warning citizens not to make other people's property a final resting place for Barky or Fluffy.


However, I doubt the beast is lingering in this neck of the woods (or desert for that matter). The creature's not as dumb as we think he is. Obviously, he likes to roam the tropical climate, but probably made a detour to the southern United States to stir up a little scandal - or get a prescription for Viagra.


Or, El Niño's wrath could have scared the little guy over here. The impenetrable haze wafting from zillion-acre fires in Mexico could have forced Chupacabra to seek refuge in Midland, where he makes his home near a prairie dog town or at Wadley-Barron Park.


Either way, he won't be here long. There's way too little livestock for him to survive here. I'd imagine that he could move to Hawaii or the Virgin Islands, but maybe he hasn't acquired enough frequent flyer miles to make that voyage.


If I could meet him, I'd chide him for eluding me for appearances on the "X-Files," National Enquirer and "Unsolved Mysteries." Heck, I even looked for him at the Chupacabras Festival in Zapata, Texas, but all I found there was a 25-foot papier mâché replica.


At this point, I'd be happy if he could bring a little vigor into my life again, but I'm not counting on it. The smoky haze has probably chased him away to greener pastures, where there probably lives more goats fearing his arrival.



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