Perhaps, although the truth may be more mundane. A man in Kentucky’s Nelson County shot and killed a bizarre, hairless animal after it emerged from the woods as “he feared what it was, since he did not recognize it.” Naturally, local residents are now letting forth with Chupacabra claims, WAVE 3 News reports:
Has a mythical creature made its way to Kentucky? Some people seem to think so, after a Nelson County man came across a creature with grayish, wrinkly skin and no fur.
Mark Cothren shot and killed an animal on Dec. 18 because he said he feared what it was, since he did not recognize it. He said the animal walked from the woods onto his front yard around 3 p.m. Cothren lives on Mount Carmel Church Road in Lebanon Junction.
“I was like: ‘every animal has hair, especially this
time of year!’ What puzzled me is how something like that could survive through a winter with no hair,” Cothren said.
“Everybody is getting very curious, you know. [The] phone is ringing off the hook. It’s kind of a mystery right now,” Cothren said.
Cothren described the creature as having large ears, whiskers, a long tail, and about the size of a house cat. He says many people have tried to guess what the animal may be. He said he’s heard anything from raccoon to a dog to the legendary Chupacabra.
Legend has it the Chupacabra – also known as the “Goat Sucker” – kills goats and sucks their blood. The fabled creature has supposedly been spotted in South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, as well as Texas and Oklahoma.
Cothren says he has spoken with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and is preserving the animal to hand over to them.