They claim to have chased the creature, and their hunting dogs fought with it before one hunter shot it. The video was filmed as "proof" that the Chupacabra did exist and was now in fact dead.
Not everyone is convinced that the creature is a legendary Chupacabra. Some skeptics believe it could be the decomposing body of a howler monkey, which is native to the forests of South and Central America.
Howler monkeys are commonly found in the area and are known to eat leaves, fruits, nuts, and flowers - and a far cry from the terrible Chupacabra, per The Sun.
Reports also suggest that the animal appeared to have been dead for several days, contradicting the hunters' claim that it was a fresh kill.
Alleged sightings of the fabled beast are not limited to America’s southern neighbors and while government officials close to Brazil’s most recent account have not weighed in on the development, experts in Texas offer a more reasonable explanation for alleged sightings.
Academics at Texas A&M, have revealed that the mysterious and terrifying creature known as Chupacabra is nothing more than a sad sight of animals suffering from a severe skin disease called mange, per CBS Austin.
A veterinarian from the institution, Terry Hensley, claims the Chupacabra is often misunderstood due to its strange appearance. "It looks very bizarre," he explains. "You see one at night at dusk or dawn, it’s probably a pretty scary-looking creature." Be this as it may these creatures are, in fact, coyotes with advanced mange.
Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites that greatly affects an animal's appearance and behavior.
Animals suffering from mange become immunocompromised, are unable to fight off the parasites and resort to desperate measures in their search for food.
As a result, they often venture near humans and livestock, creating close encounters that further perpetuate the legend of the Chupacabra.
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While the myth may be the result of a simple visual mistake, the legend of the Chupacabra has been circulating for many years.
According to Texas A&M Wildlife Specialist, John Tomecek, the legend originated in Puerto Rico in the 1920s. "The basic concept of what these creatures look like shows up in Puerto Rico in the 1920s," he explains. "It originates there as best as we can tell."
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