HOOD COUNTY, Texas-- The shootings of two bizarre canine-like creatures in North Texas this week are causing a stir, and reviving debate over the existence of the legendary Chupacabra.
The mythical creature has captured the public's imagination for years. It comes from Hispanic folklore, where the chupacabra is supposedly known for attacking goats and other livestock (chupacabra means "goat sucker" in Spanish). It was even featured on the popular television series "The X-Files."
"All I know is, it wasn't normal," said animal control officer Frank Hacket, who shot one of the animals in a local rancher's barn. "It was ugly, real ugly. I'm not going to lie on that one."
Witnesses who saw the carcass say the beast had ears like a deer, large teeth and pinkish, hairless skin.
The discussion is nothing new for Texas State University biologist Mike Forstner. In 2007, Forstner performed a DNA test on another alleged Chupacabra, only to find the beast was really a coyote.
"We're either going to find out that they're a Mexican hairless dog species, and may have been someone's pet, or that they're coyotes," Forstner said.
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