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A Chupie Meme

Roughly fifteen or so years ago, we were getting reports of a creature with red glowing eyes, a spiky ridge thing on its back, bipedal, and sucking the blood completely out of rabbits, chickens and other animals. These stories came out of Puerto Rico, quickly jumped to parts of Mexico and the U.S. Theories about the chupacabra included alien, alien pet, escaped animal from a covert military experiment gone horribly awry, (my personal favorite), new breed of monkey-bat-whatever, or the anxieties of a culture surrounding political issues.

In all of this, the facts remained: animals were found dead, their bodies completely drained of blood, two extremely deep puncture wounds found in their necks. Something was causing these animal deaths.

After awhile the stories seemed to become less frequent. Whether this was because of the cyclical nature of news reporting -- chupie's been done already, time to move on -- or the activity itself decreased, I'm not sure. But the stories of the alien themed , blood sucking, spiny backed creature with the red glowing eyes diminished, though there are reports here and there of this type of chupie activity.

In the past two, three years it seems, there's been a surge of new chupacabra reports from within the United States. Only these reports aren't of the earlier variety; these are reports of hairless, furless and mostly canine animals -- not bipedal but quadrupeds -- called "chupacabras" by witnesses and media.

Monster Quest even aired an episode on this new variety of "chupacabra." These creatures are not paranormal or cryptids but real creatures, dogs, foxes, etc. with mange, or, some kind of disease. In late March of this year there was a report of a chupacabra from China:

A mystery beast that resembles a chupacabra ("goat-sucker"), a legendary, fearsome and possibly mythical beast said to inhabit parts of the Americas and Puerto Rico, is seen shortly after its capture in a village in Suining, Sichuan Province on March 24.

A weird looking animal for sure; but it is an animal, and sadly, in poor condition. It's fur has fallen out; due to mange or some kind of disease, which in part no doubt is the cause for its behavior:

In this case, the gray colored animal wasn't attacking goats, but chickens and it was the fowls' cries that alerted village Ke Suying to find the mystery predator tearing into his birds. He tried to drive it away with a stick but failed, though later with the help of neighbors caught it in a steel net.

A Chinese Chupacabra?

It's interesting these animals with mange or whatever disease these creatures have, are referred to as chupacabras. Aside from their weird appearance due to the mange or other diseases they have, there isn't anything other worldly about them.

There's a bit of Trickster presence here. The coyote and fox are trickster animals, and these are among the animals labeled "chupacabra." The "original" or "real" chupacabra -- our alien like, bipedal red eyed friend -- is mysterious enough, and remains unexplained. Like UFOs and Bigfoot, the answers to the chupacabra mystery remains elusive. Just as we seem to get close, it moves away from us. Just far enough to miss capture, but close enough to still observe, participate in to a point, and intrigue.

But the trickster isn't finished. Now we have more mystery; why and how known creatures are now being called chupacabras, adding mystery to mystery (mange, other diseases.) Meanwhile, two things are still happening. We still have the "original" chupacabra reports, along with the sightings of furless canine type animals that seem to be increasing. Why is there an increase; is it a signal from the ether that our world is going through, (that we are going through) changes? Global warming, climate changes, tears in the veil . . . things are shifting, these "new chupacabras" are one more example.