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For many years, farmers have reported outlandish stories of a vicious scavenger that kills and mutilates cattle and sheep. They apparently are victims of the creature known as "El Chupacabra", or 'The Goatsucker'. The creature has been prowling the wild areas of South American countries for many years and up until recently were thought to be part of local mythology. Reported sightings range from the Caribbean Islands, South America, Puerto Rica and even reports from Inland America. For some time now there have been worldwide reports of cattle mutilations, with farmers and ranchers discovering that their cattle had been attacked.
In August 2000, whilst searching through my Emails as usual, one particular post caught my eye which would prove to become the foundations behind one of the most read articles on this website. The Email explained that a Chupacabras had been shot and pictures taken on a ranch in Nicaragua. Usually most major UFO/Paranormal stories reach us way after the event and by that time they have been thoroughly investigated. However in this case, it just so happened that the Chupacabras had been shot and filmed only 2 days before the Email was sent out. So without hesitation, I started to find out as much as I could to bring this 'exclusive' to "Cosmic Conpiracies" readers. What I uncovered was an amazing story that hit the headlines all over the web after we featured it here first.
During my investigations I managed to track down the reporter from the local newspaper and also video footage which was originally shown on a Nicaraguan News Channel (available by clicking the button at the top of this page). What you are about to read is completely true and can be verified by several witnesses which include Police Officers and Scientists. This article has three parts. The first part concerns the Chupa story of Malpaisillo in Nicaragua. The second page contains our analysis of the information and also readers letters. The third page details other Chupacabras sightings, together with pictures of hair and footprint samples.
or 'Goatsucker' is a ferocious animal known for killing sheep and other
similarly sized animals, its characteristics are unlike any other animal known
to man. Some think that the creature does not originate from Earth, others think
they are some sort of secret Military experiment that managed to escape. The X-Files even
featured them in one episode.
After reading this article, I can assure you of one thing... Chupacabras are real... and they are out there!
Chupacabras found and filmed in Nicaragua
The body of a Chupacabras was recently found on the land of a farmer from Nicaragua. Specialists described the animal as an uncommon species after a careful examination of its skeleton. It presents yellow hair on its short tail, large eye-sockets, soft skin like that of a bat, large claws and fangs, and a crest on its main vertebrae. Could this be the Chupacabras? A team of biologists and veterinarians from Leon must now answer the question. The skeleton of the animal that quenched its thirst with the blood of sheep on the San Lorenzo farm, owned by Jorge Luis Talavera and located 154 km from Malpaisillo, Nicaragua, was found in the early morning hours of Monday 28th of August, 2000 some 80 meters away from the paddock where it took its victims.
"The creature could be a hybrid of several species, created in a laboratory by means of genetic engineering," noted Giocconda Chevez, Malpaisillo's veterinarian. Jorge Talavera explained that he opened fire against the alleged Chupacabras using a shotgun, causing its death and resulting in its flesh being devoured by vultures. The creature was in an advanced state of decomposition by the time it was discovered.
"We had to kill it, in 15 days it sucked 25 sheep, and my neighbour lost 35 sheep in 10 days. It was an average of 5 sheep and goats a night," he explained. The animals remains were studied at the Hospital Escuela de Leon (Leon Teaching Hospital), where veterinarians and biologists were on hand to examine it, according to a report by Edgard Orozco, who is in charge of the Department of Forensic Medicine.
skeleton of the suspected Chupacabras was taken to the Medical Campus of
UNAN-Leon to determine what species it belonged to, affirmed
the biologist Pedrarias Dávila. "We recorded the characteristics
of the skeletal system, number of vertebrae and ribs, nails, decomposition
state, among others, to place it in a database," he explained.
He added that the second stage (of the analysis) included the preservation of the rest of the body so that the state of decomposition does not advance; and third, a team of specialists will establish to what species the animal belongs. Dávila showed that they do not relate it to any well-known animal.
What is assured is that the remains belonged to 'heterodonto,' that is to say a mammal. "We can not say when there will be results because we lack some pieces (of the animal), that is the reason why we must take time; for example, if we have to send samples of DNA to the outside for analysis," said Dávila. Jorge Luis Talavera, owner of the property San Lorenzo, where the supposed Chupacabras shot and killed, said, "There were three targets...and one was black. The one that died was yellow. "In previous weeks, I wounded one, but I did not manage to kill it," he concluded.
The animal's skeleton that sucked the blood of the sheep at the farm "San Lorenzo", property of Jorge Luis Talavera, 154 kilometers of Malpasillo, was found in the early morning hours, 80 meters from the victim's corral. "It could be a hybrid animal made up of several species, created in a laboratory by genetic engineering", said Gioconda Chévez, veterinarian of Malpaisillo. The Specialist described the animal as a very uncommon species, after observing the skeleton with yellow hair on its short tail, having great eye cavities, smooth bat skin like, big claws, a jaw that shows big teeth and a outstanding crest sticking out from the main vertebra.
Jorge Talavera explained that three days beforehand he had shot and killed a supposed "chupacabras", with his rifle, but the " zopilotes" (vultures) had eaten the animals flesh and it was in a state of decomposition. In the 15 days that preceded its death, it had sucked the blood of 25 sheep and his neighbour lost 35 others. An average of 5 sheep per night."
Article courtesy of La Prensa de Nicaragua, 30th August 2000
Strange Entity Causes Astonishment * Chupacabras Killed in Tolapa * Farmers and Zoo technician at a loss to find a suitable classification *
(as reported by Marianela Flores Vergara (Malpaisillo) at the time of investigation)
Intense persecution of a strange entity engaged in the systematic extermination of sheep in the town of Tolapa appears to have come to a close after one of the residents managed to inflict a fatal wound on the animal commonly known as "Chupacabras." A month and a half ago, the community embarked upon an odyssey involving massive sheep deaths resulting from the apparent extraction of blood by an unknown predator endowed with sizeable fangs capable of drilling into its victim's necks. The presence of this being, characterized as being bold, dog-like and capable of making rapid movements, conducted its final attacks on the San Lorenzo farm, forcing the estates owner, Jorge Luis Talavera, to initiate a hunt that would terminate the "Chupacabras" existence. "It came in search of another sheep on Friday and I became aware of its presence in the paddocks. [I fired] several shots with my shotgun until [the creature] lost itself in the darkness," explained Jorge Luis, who claimed having injured the creature a week ago, judging by the blood trail found on his farm. He was unable to locate the body.
On Monday morning, the presence of circling vultures heralded the existence of a dead animal in the farm's vicinity, which roused the curiosity of watchman Jairo Garcia. Garcia headed toward where the carrion birds circled and managed to reach a cave-like structure located a hundred meters from the house. There he found the animal his employer had shot two nights earlier and which was probably responsible for the deaths of so many sheep.
A Rare Species?
Speculation regarding the sheep mutilator's appearance has been rife, with most locals agreeing that it is a strange kind of dog which feeds on blood. After having found the alleged "Chupacabras", some locals, like Mr. Milan Rojas, claim that it is neither a dog nor a wolf, but rather the strange product of a combination of various dog types. "I am familiar with all types of wild animal and this one seems strange to me, given its bare, long and thin tail, which differs greatly from that of a wolf, which is quite hairy" he explained. Zoo technician Giocconda Chevez, who reached the site to learn more about the discovery, noted that the animal had extremely high nails located above its claws which possibly aided it in attacking its victims, along with the oversized set of fangs. She further notes that its eye-sockets are somewhat large in comparison with its head, making note, as did other visitors to the site, of several protuberances in the upper vertebrae "shaped like a crocodile's crest".
Don Jairo found most startling was the lack of bodily hair and very small
ears. Although the animal had been reduced to a skeleton after the vultures
feasted upon it, it was shaped like a long, yellow-coloured dog, given the
pigmentation which can still be seen on part of its tail. Nonetheless,
curiosity-seekers have indicated that it resembles no known specimen. Jorge
Luis Talavera, owner of the San Lorenzo farm, was responsible for bringing
the Chupacabras' killing spree to an end. The carcass of this strange
entity had to be removed from a cave.
People arrived by the dozens to learn more about the source of the area's panic, but as Giocconda Chevez noted, most people are interested in making sure that the so-called "Chupacabras" is dead. Among the visitors to the San Lorenzo farm were the social workers of the Xochith Acatl Women's Center, an NGO which promotes sheep farming among women farmers, who were also affected by the Chupacabras exploits. In the community of San Claudio, located some 25 kilometers from Malpaisllo, the animal in question made free with two of the four sheep belonging to Mrs. Ludia Carrera, one of the parties of "Xochith Acatl".
However, according to the social workers' own accounts, after learning that the alleged sheep slayer is finally dead, the population feels more at ease. "I was concerned, because I own goats and cows and at any given moment, [the creature] could turn up and kill my little animals. I hope it is the last and only one of its kind prowling this area, " stated Maria Isabel Lopez, of the town of Las Lomas. The police and the municipal supervisor also visited the farm to verify the discovery.
To Determine Species Will Be Performed
The skeleton and part of the animal's remains, according to Jorge Luis, was delivered to the Department of Biology of the UNAN (National University of Nicaragua) at Leon to undergo the specialized studies. Biologist Pedrarias Davila indicated his willingness to carry out the corresponding analysis of the bone structure, since it is one of the most important parts employed in determining the type of species in question, along with its dentition, its skull and the shape of its claws. "Within a week we shall be able to determine if it is a domestic species or a new species not native to the country," claimed the expert.
Although there is still no scientific proof regarding the existence of an abnormal entity in the lands surrounding Malpaisillo, the public has combined myth and reality to explain the deaths of over 100 sheep through strange perforations on their necks as attributable to the Chupacabras whose life of crime apparently came to an end with six bullets encrusted in its strange body.
Original article by Marianela Flores Vergara (Malpaisillo)
Isn't a Chupacabras, just a Dog! (or is it?)
Source: La Prensa de Nicaragua Date: September 1, 2000
by Juan Rodriguez and Clarissa Altamirano.
Local residents insist that it was a strange creature that fed on the blood of their sheep. Several inhabitants of Malpaisillo and the rancher who shot the animal insist that "The animal found in that rural area is different from a common hound, since its teeth were pink in colour, it stood differently and it drained the blood of at least 120 sheep." "The Chupacabras of Malpaisillo" (Leon) which has caused such interest at the local and international level after having been shot to death by a rancher, has vanished following the disclosures made by scientists of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua-Leon (UNAN), who believe that the animal discovered was the skeleton of a dog.
is our initial impression, that it isn't an unknown animal but merely a
dog. Further analysis is still required to reach a final conclusion" said Edmundo Torres, the vice chancellor for research at UNAN-Leon. The international
media--programs such as "Ocurrio Asi" and "Primer Impacto", flooded the
country to confirm the find.
The Church Get Involved
El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua) Date: September 1, 2000. by Marianela Flores Vergara
The alleged arrival of the Chupacabras to the lands of Malpaisillo and the populations belief that it is a divine message to mankind has been the source of varying opinions among members of religious groups. Meanwhile, Francisco Ortiz, in charge of the pentecostal assembly in Leon believes that we should not isolate incidents like the case involving the sheep slayer from Biblical prophecy, while the Bishop of the Leon Diocese, Msr. Bosco Maria Vivas Robelo, believes that the relationship to any demonic entity or the end of the world should be dismissed. "Its a warning sign, [much like] a traffic light that's on yellow but could turn red--a sign for men and women to return to God because we've forgotten about him," stated Rev. Ortiz, quoting the scriptural passage from the book of Daniel which states that in the last days there will be phenomena that will cause astonishment among men. The pentecostal leader stated that scientific progress has brought mankind tremendous benefits, but it is also capable of causing great harm, such as in the case of cloning, which "contradicts God's mandate." "Knowledge shall increase greatly, and men shall run to and fro, but not even in the stars will they be saved, state the Scriptures, and this is precisely what we're witnessing right now." In the meantime, Msr. Bosco Maria Vivas does not believe that [the creature] is the product of genetic engineering, admitting his scant knowledge on the subject of the alleged Chupacabras. "I haven't studied the matter in depth since I haven't given it much credibility, but if it indeed is a strange creature, as they say, the Church may be prompted to take action...but not just yet."
After two days of studying the famous specimen at the Department of Morphology at UNAN-Leon since [the creature's] discovery in Tolapa. According to a preliminary report, no characteristic that discloses any type of extraordinary trait had been found. "The anatomic detail sheds no anomalous information. We see a complete bone structure, a well-formed spinal column resembling that of a canine, and from what we have ascertained, it isn't a hematophagous or blood sucking animal, " reported Dr. Pedrarias Davila, a biologist and member of the forensic team.
will wait to hold a press conference with
the final report on their findings. The question that arises among members
of the public is whether it can be definitively proven that the remains
are not those of the culprit in deaths of over a hundred sheep, then...where
is the predator who deprived a number of families in Tolapa of their livelihood?
Biologist Davila explained that Nicaragua's wildlife features three hematophagous bat species which can draw blood from cattle, horses and even humans. However, he noted that none of them kill their victim, but rather try to keep it alive through the injection of an anticoagulant agent. As a result of the controversial manifestation of the Chupacabras, he has been in contact with colleagues from various Central American and South American countries, who agree that the Mesoamerican fauna does not feature a species similar to the one described by witnesses, and with the ability to kill so many sheep, although the specialist refrained from venturing any opinions on the possibility of genetic experiments taking place within the country or arriving from other countries. One veterinarian disclosed that in order to cause the death of a sheep, the assailant would have to suck at least a litre and a half of blood, whereas vampire bats can barely extract a quarter of a litre. This leads him to dismiss the possibility that these flying mammals are responsible.
The Public Speaks Out on the Tolapa Animal Slayings
According to Modesta Sanchez Lopez, there is widespread concern among the public that the creature which attacked the Malpasillo sheep may have escaped during some type of experiment. "We don't know if its a mixture of several different types of sperm which led to the creation of a strange animal," she observed. On the other hand, Marcos Antonio Martinez, a young college student, admitted to having knowledge about the strange entity in other countries by means of the international news, but never imagined that it would appear in Nicaragua to affect the poorest families. He rejected the notion that it could be an evil creature linked to satanic activity, as has been speculated. The stir caused by the alleged "chupacabras" is to frighten the public in regard to the upcoming elections, distracting them with other subjects, believes Maria Jose Rojas, who refused to specify the political party in question, but she urged people to remain serious and level-headed, since the creature in question only exists in other countries. Even senior citizens are startled by news of the sheep slayer. Jose Benito Roque, a lottery ticket vendor, claimed to have visited parts of Nicaragua without having ever heard anything about a creature with the characteristics being described. Specialists at the UNAN-Leon are studying the alleged Chupacabras' remains. It will not be until tomorrow, after a long wait, that the final report will be provided. Regarding its origin, it has been said that it could have come from Africa or may have escaped from another country's circus. The latent truth in Tolapa and its environs is that one hundred victims died without any explanation, and even though the specialists' report discloses that the alleged Chupacabras is fake, the sheep killings shall remain an open question, allowing for the possibility of its return to Tolapa or any other part of the country.
Lack of Respect Toward the Hospital
The arrival of the Chupacabras to the hospital's morgue, according to forensic specialist Paulino Medina, constitutes a lack of respect toward the hospital's patients. The building turned into a circus due to the hordes of people who arrived to see the remains. "It was a mistake to bring it here. It would have been better to take it to the School of Veterinary Medicine or Biology," he stated. Even yesterday, large groups of people--students and residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods--eluded the hospital's security for a glimpse of the bones in the morgue. Even wheelchair-bound patients and those wearing casts came down by elevator to state their curiosity. Defending the presence of the creature's remains at the morgue, the hospital's director, Dr. Manfredo Pentzke Torres, declared that it was the only place in all of Leon where an animal of scientific interest can be preserved, since aside from being isolated from the hospital [the facility] meets all the requirements. The species was treated with formaldehyde to avoid further decomposition of its tissues, and it was transferred to the department of Morphology to undergo further tests.
Isn't My Goatsucker!'
Farmer Says Skeletons Were Switched
From Diario La Prensa de Nicaragua (5th September, 2000)
The owner of the ranch where the Chupacabras was shot alleges that the skeleton was swapped for that of a dog. "That animal was switched around at the university," claims Jorge Luis Talavera, who a week ago opened fire against the alleged Chupacabras on his property, San Lorenzo, in the jurisdiction of Malpaisillo. Jorge Luis Talavera's reaction followed disclosures by UNAN specialists that the skeleton allegedly belonging to the mythic Chupacabras was that of a domestic dog. Talavera claims that there are several pieces of evidence [to prove] that the skeleton was indeed changed at the UNAN-Leon's laboratory. The first of these is that "the skeleton is complete, although I kept a piece of its front leg". He also claims that the bones turned from a dark colour to a lighter one, the teeth turned from pink to white, and from 22 teeth that he counted there are now 40 as well as "more skin on the legs".
On Monday, Talavera will report to the university's Medical Campus to claim the skeleton and return it to Malpaisillo. "They offered to return it even after saying that they would not, that they were going to keep it in the municipality because even though it may have been a dog, it was an uncommon one, given that it fed on blood," he fumed. He added that he is willing to turn it over to international researchers for a better analysis of the animal's remains, given the fact that local residents are dissatisfied with the UNAN results.
Study Leaves Questions Unanswered
* Dissatisfaction in Malpasillo with University Conclusions * By Clarisa Altamirano and Maricely Linarte Correspondents Diario La Prensa de Nicaragua (Nicaragua) 3/9/00
Leonel Navarro, mayor of Malpasillo, and Sister Paula Hidalgo were not satisfied by the scientific results of the UNAN research laboratory, which established that the alleged Chupacabras skeleton was indeed that of a dog. Such a conclusion was reached after having performed an anatomic and morphological appraisal and comparison of the specimen's bone structure, said university authorities. However, for Sol Hidalgo, the experts' statement leaves several gaps, such as [the unanswered question] why would a common dog engage in random acts of violence such as draining the blood of 12 sheep in a single night and leaving them uneaten, unlike any other wild animal?
Furthermore, Jorge Luis Talavera, who shot the beast, claims that "the researchers left many questions unanswered, such as the cause of death and why it fed on blood." Talavera says that from the day that the skeleton was found, there were no renewed sheep attacks in the area, in spite of the fact that the remaining three animals have prowled the region. Vice chancellor and research coordinator Dr. Edmundo Torres explained that the study conducted was purely scientific and proper of a serious university and scientific institution, and that they have no interest in concealing the truth. He added that the canids (zoological branch which includes dogs) are solitary hunters who catch their prey thanks to their speed and on certain occasions to their endurance. Experience and learning are also very important. Canids are highly adaptable and spread over 12 branches and 34 species which included coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc. and can reach speeds of up to 75 km/hour., he explained.
ANOTHER CHUPACABRAS PROWLS MALPAISILLO
Jose Luis Talavera says he is expecting it to attack sheep, and he is ready to hunt it. "We stay awake all night when the Chupacabras is on the prowl. We take shifts so we won't be so tired, but it's becoming unbearable," states Talavera. "Its a fact that I'm not going to withdraw [the creature from the lab], after they swapped the skeleton, what they're planning to do remains to be seen. Why should I bother? Let them discard it. " he added. LEON.- The new specimen prowling Jorge Luis Talavera's sheep pen, located at 154km of Malpaisillo at the San Lorenzo Ranch in the village of El Barrio, is slightly larger than a Pekinese dog. This is the same location where the skeleton of the alleged "chupacabras" turned up. Talavera said that the animal comes up to the pen, which is adjacent to the living area, and will be allowed to attack a number of sheep as bait. He will then fire his shotgun at it, as he did with the first animal.
By Maricely Linarte - DIario La Prensa de Nicaragua - September 6, 2000
"We'll let it taste blood once more, since that's the way they seem to develop the taste for sucking sheep. Once it's shyness has been overcome, I'll hunt it down," stated Talavera, adding that the new animal prowling around the property is white in colour. The rancher indicated that the family is tired of keeping watch for over a month, when the killing of the area's sheep began. Concerning recovery of the alleged Chupacabras skeleton he was scheduled to make this week at the UNAN-Leon's laboratory, he stated that he would no longer do so, since there was little sense in spending money on transportation from Malpaisillo to Leon to collect the bones of a "dog". Edmundo Torres, vice chancellor for research at UNAN-Leon, denied Talavera's statement that the university was planning to keep the remains of the specimen discovered. "This is absolutely untrue. We have never had any direct communication with Talavera--only with the mayor of Malpaisillo. We have no interest in keeping its remains," Torres explained. He further added that they hope Jorge Luis Talavera will present himself in order to formally turn the skeleton over to him, since it does not belong to the institution. "If he no longer wishes to remove it, we will confirm this to make decisions until they authorize it, and avoid any misunderstandings about the canine." noted the Vice chancellor.
We believe that COSMIC CONSPIRACIES were the first website to have this story and pictures. Please feel free to us with your comments on this story and our analysis of the pictures on the next page.
We would like to thank Scott Corrales of the Institute of Hispanic Ufology--IHU (www.inexplicata.us) for translating some of the information here and some of the longer features are from the Chupacabras in Chile monograph published in Inexplicata, Fall 2000.