The Chupacabra is a legendary creature that is said to inhabit parts of the Americas, particularly in Latin America and the southwestern United States.
The name "Chupacabra" means "goat-sucker" in Spanish. The chupacabra is said to attack and kill livestock, especially goats, by draining their blood.
Descriptions of the Chupacabra vary widely. Sometimes they are described as small reptilian creatures with spines or quills running down their backs, glowing red eyes, and sharp fangs. Others describe them as a cross between a Grey and a kangaroo. (One witness described them as kangoroos with the head of a deer, but with fangs or tusks).
Some people believe that the Chupacabra is an alien or a genetic experiment gone wrong, while others think it may be a previously undiscovered species of animal.
Sightings of the Chupacabra first emerged in Puerto Rico in the mid-1990s. Initially, they seemed to limit their activities to Latin America and the Bahamas. Since around the turn of the millennium, there have been sightings in the South of the USA, as well. As of 2006, chupacabras have been reported in Europe (Russia and the UK), too.
In May and October 2004, two animals were shot in Elmendorf, and in Pollok in Texas, USA, that may be "chupacabras." Biologists disagree as to what they are.
In recent years, interest in the Chupacabra has waned.