Houston “Chupacabra” Sightings Could Be Real, Intentionally Bred Animal

chupaAre fantasy fans attempting to breed their own real-life mythical animals? Via the Houston Chronicle:

A recent sighting of the mythical chupacabra could be the result of exotic animal owners interbreeding their pets, according to a Houston animal control expert.

Two residents of the Doliver Point gated community near Gessner and Doliver claim to have seen giant footprints alongside Buffalo Bayou and say they have photos to prove it is the mysterious chupacabra.

Scott Black and David McKee took several photos of the animal Sunday, according to KPRC news. “It was very vicious, very long, longer than a human,” said Claude Griffen from Gotcha Pest control, who was brought into check out the photos. “It was a pretty big animal, very well fed.”

Houston animal control officials said they have heard of people trying to breed dogs that look like so-called direwolves from the TV show Game of Thrones.

Griffen said it’s not the first one he’s come across and asserts that people are deliberately trying to breed animals that match descriptions of these mythical creatures. Griffen said that this animal could be a mix between a greyhound and a wolf. “People are looking for the big prize, they want the $10,000 reward for finding one.”

16 Comments on "Houston “Chupacabra” Sightings Could Be Real, Intentionally Bred Animal"

  1. Cortacespedes | Feb 27, 2014 at 11:35 am |

    “A recent sighting of the mythical chupacabra could be the result of exotic animal owners interbreeding their pets.”

    Maybe not. Most of the “chupacabra” pictures and videos I have seen are of a rare dog breed called the Xoloitzcuintli or Xolo for short. They come in all shapes and sizes, can have ears up or down, but for the most part, they are hairless, with a few random tufts here and there.

    They’re also the mascot for club Tijuana futbol.


    And stop killing them already.

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 27, 2014 at 11:37 am |

      Aww, he has a Mohawk.

    • I have seen something quite similar to this awesome looking pup roaming around the drainage ditches and near open areas on the north side of Austin Tx. three times. They looked a little more feral and very thin.
      One thing was for sure, they are very fast and a little creepy when you get surprised by one bolting through the creek as the sun is just setting.

      • Anarchy Pony | Feb 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm |

        Prolly ferals.

      • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm |

        The haircut takes some getting used to.

        Any chance they were suffering from some condition? Not the Xolo, but the dogs you’d seen. Assuming they weren’t Xolo.

        • Some things I’ve read suggest that they are wolf coyote, or coyote dog hybrids with bad cases of mange and are spreading up from the south of texas

          • Not a lot of wolves in Texas anymore. But they are around in northern Mexico and don’t really care about borders the way some of our politicians do

    • jasonpaulhayes | Feb 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm |

      Mange eventually makes every dog look like a “Mexican Hairless Dog”. The animal in this article is a emaciated Mange Coyote.

      • Anarchy Pony | Feb 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm |

        Dire wolves are extinct.

        • jasonpaulhayes | Feb 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm |

          Direwolf literally means “fearsome dog” and yes people are illegally attempting to recreate the species… or so I’ve read.

      • Cortacespedes | Feb 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm |

        That wasn’t the photo I was really going from. I went to the article site and looked at their collection of “chupacabra” photos and then on to other recent sighting photos and most looked like Xolos.

        I’ve seen quite a few mangy coyotes and they didn’t look like Xolos. It might be a crossbreed between coyote and Xolo.

        • jasonpaulhayes | Feb 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm |

          Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence… perhaps you are correct but I’m certain the Chupacabra is mythical.

          • Cortacespedes | Feb 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm |

            Yes, I agree. The “chupacabra” is a myth; but it’s a myth spun from varying pieces of the real. I am sure coyotes, mange, Xolos, and perhaps odd feral hybrids all play their part in its creation.

  2. Milord Cutter | Feb 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm |

    This is the one version of the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintle) which is bred in toy, miniature and standard size. A standard of this same breed could easily be mistaken for a mythical monster.

  3. Mick-Doscious | Feb 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm |

    Please explain your interaction and profiling of a real chupacabra for your point of reference.

  4. Ron Chandler | Apr 16, 2014 at 7:44 am |

    Hmm. My Dune Encyclopaedia mentions Rya wolves, the most feared predators in the known universe.
    Evolved on the planet Salusa Secundus, discovered by the exiled Zensunni Wanderers in 4492 B.G. Lope at 40 mph, hunt at 95 mph, 1.5 metres at the shoulder No fun at all. Perhaps it’s a rya wolf?
    Next question: which alien race left it here?

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