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Winged ‘Chupacabra’ Blamed for 35 Sheep Killings in Parácuaro, Mexico

The mythical creature known in Latin America as the ‘chupacabra’ is being blamed for the deaths of dozens of sheep in a sleepy Mexican town.

According to the Huffington Post, 35 sheep were killed in the town of Parácuaro, Michoacán in the early morning hours of March 1. The bodies of some of the slain animals showed claw and tooth injuries, particularly around the necks.

A witness claims to have seen the ‘creature’ that killed the sheep and told Michoacán’s Diario ABC that the culprit had fangs, claws and wings.

Many Mexicans believe the attacker was the legendary ‘chupacabra,’ which literally translated means “goat-sucker.” First reported in Puerto Rico, the chupacabra is well-known throughout Latin America and even in southern parts of the United States. The chupacabra is supposedly the size of a small bear, with a row of spines along its back. They purportedly suck the blood out of animals such as goats, hence the name. “Witnesses” do not usually report seeing wings on the creature.

In serious academic circles, chupacabras are considered cryptids, or creatures not confirmed by science. Think Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.

“Anything mysterious in Mexico is unfortunately labeled a ‘chupacabras,'” Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, told the Huffington Post. Coleman reviewed video of the latest ‘chupacabra’ killings and expressed great skepticism to the Huffington Post.

“I see one sheep with its neck cut. But despite what is said, all of the sheep are not dead, and the bodies do not show a great deal of mutilation,” she e-mailed, suggesting the sheep were killed by disease rather than by a predator.

The Huffington Post pointed out that as recently as September 2010, the chupacabra was blamed for the decapitation of more than 300 goats in Puebla state.

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