Sunday, April 15, 2012

The mystery of the Chupacabra solved as dogs with mange.

The purpose of the article was to explain the myth that the so called goat sucker is not a Chupacabra but a dog that has become infected with mange. The article gives you confirming information that the mite that is responsible for the extreme hair loss seen in "chupacabras syndrome" is Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes the itchy rash known as scabies in people. Human scabies is an annoyance, but not usually a serious health or appearance problem, partly because our bodies are already virtually hairless and partly because the population of mites on a given person usually is relatively small---only 20 or 30 mites. The article also explains why they are also known as goat suckers. When they are in a weakened state they must hunt in order to try and build up their strength. They mostly hunt the livestock that people have as pets because it is contained and easier for them to find rather than go looking for other means of food. In conclusion scientists deems the myth of the Chupacabra as a coyote that has come in contact with mange.
Here is an example of what the animal looks like. 


  1. When I was in Puerto Rico, visting a friend's family, her father told me a story about the Chupacabra. Though it may have been proven wrong, people still there believe in it. Her great grandmother had chickens, they all had been mauled by the Chupacabra, and stand to it this day. They believe there is no way it could have been one of the thousands of dogs, running the streets!

  2. When I lived in Myrtle Beach SC, I was constantly attacked by a mangy chihuahua. The little guy looked eerily like this animal you wrote about and it constantly eluded the animal control. I then accidentally ran it over in my brother's Jeep Wrangler 1998 with my sister in the passenger seat. RIP Chupacabra Chihuahua.

  3. very true people are mistaking this dog for the chupacabra