Friday, July 11, 2014

Has the Chupacabra Been Captured?

(From left to right, front row) Willy and Tiger Adamson, Angel and Jack Stevenson, Ryan Gregor, Mrs. and Mr. Gregor allegedly captured the elusive Chupacabra . . . but it escaped. I (back, left) and Dr. Arizona Stevenson (back right) went to their house to investigate!

Just a couple of weeks ago, mysterious livestock deaths occurred at Mac Dee Dee's Organic Farm, supposedly by the mysterious and elusive Chupacabra, a normally southern-ranging cryptid (secret animal) nocturnal creature that sneaks into farmers' lands and kills many of the livestock in order to suck the blood of the victim. Reports of this creature date back many decades, but no one has been able to really capture or get other conclusive proof of the animal's existence. Many believe the Chupacabra to be nothing more than a canine with mange disease – a terrible disease that affects canines and causes them to loose their hair and look like a totally different animal – but that wouldn't explain the (sometimes hundreds) of dead livestock and fowl drained of blood.

Perhaps things have changed for the better! Last Monday, residents of Animal Adventures Inc. (AAI. for short), the Gregor family – consisting of Mr. Gregor, Mrs. Lohan Gregor and Ryan Gregor – might have actually captured the elusive beast. Upon hearing the news, my trusty, junior photographer, Daniel P. Smithwater, and I rushed over to get an exclusive interview with the Gregor's and finally see what might be the legendary Chupacabra! We were so excited to see it that I almost forgot my pencil and notepad and Daniel nearly forgot his camera!

We found the Gregor's, Angel and Jack Stevenson and Tiger and Willy Adamson (all friends of Ryan's) in the backyard next to their squirrel-feeder and a small cat carrier: inside, was the amazing animal. After introductions, while Daniel snapped away at the strange creature, I asked Mr. Gregor how they were able to trap the critter in the first place. He is quoted for saying, “Well, my wife was coming outside one day and she saw this little animal feeding from the squirrel feeder and–” Before letting him continue, I had the urge to ask if he actually meant to say “bird-feeder”. “No, we have a squirrel-feeder,” Mr. Gregor told me. “It was my son's idea actually. He felt that squirrels really deserve feeders of their own since it's normally birds that get all the attention.” Then he explained further about how Mrs. Gregor “bumped into” the cryptid. “Anyways, she was going outside and saw this little animal feeding from our squirrel-feeder. She instantly screamed and called for me, and since Ryan's more knowledgeable about animals, I got him over here. He said that it might be a Chupacabra and knew he wanted to catch it to prove it existed.”

Ryan told me that he gathered his friends, Angel, Jack, Tiger and Willy and they got a cat carrier and filled it with cat food. “It was the only thing we could get quickly,” Angel explains. “We weren't sure whether or not this animal actually was the Chupacabra, but considering we didn't know what it was, we figured that we should best better catch it so scientists can take a look at it.” So, being careful not to scare the “Chupacabra” away, they set up the cat carrier trap and all went back inside. After about an hour or so, the “Chupacabra” took great interest in the cat food before trapping itself inside!

“It felt so good actually catching the animal,” Ryan says, “I'm hoping it will allow some insight into Chupacabra behavior. I've always been a firm believer in the Chupacabra, but I never knew they lived this far north.” Now is probably a good time to talk about the creature itself, and not just how they caught it! I was able to get quite close to the “Chupacabra” in the cage – to my surprise, I found it to look quite cute! Like many other Chupacabra sightings suggested, this animal almost completely lacked hair; it also had pointed ears, a slightly pointed muzzle, a thin body frame and a long skinny tail. The sound it made was similar to that of a high-pitched growling and unlike any animal I've ever heard before. The “Chupacabra” sat calmly in the cage eating cat food as Daniel continued to take photographs – it would scoop up the food in its front paws and bring them up to his mouth to eat. How cute!

“According to my research on Chupacabras,” Jack states, “I believe this individual – if it is a Chupacabra – is just a baby. Most Chupacabra sightings speak of a hideous-looking beast, much larger and nastier than the one in this cage. This little guy's almost tame and doesn't seem to have a taste for blood . . . yet.”

After we all had a good look at the “Chupacabra”, we went inside the Gregor's house and Mr. Gregor telephoned AAI.'s head zoologist, Dr. Arizona Stevenson, to come take a look to see if she can identify the strange creature. Over the phone, she said, “I highly doubt it's the Chupacabra. But I'll come take a look.”

Finally, she arrived at the house and we all went out back to show her the “Chupacabra” . . . but the cage was empty! A large gaping hole was left in the right side of the cage! Needless to say, we were all shocked as to how on earth such a small and almost-cute creature could have escaped the stong confines of its captivity. The only proof we have that the creature was even there in the first place is Daniel's photographs that he took (normally he takes them after I'm finished with my interview, so it's a good thing he did things differently this time!).

“I don't understand!” Tiger exclaimed. “It was just in this cage!” Daniel got out his camera and showed the pictures to Dr. Arizona. She smiled and shook her head. “It does look a lot like a Chupacabra would be expected to look like,” she said, “but to me it looks like a small dog with mange.” Then I protested that the creature ate with its hands, something a canine can't do. Then she said, “Well, I guess the next candidate would be that this bizarre-looking creature is nothing more than a raccoon with mange.”

I'm pretty convinced that what we saw was a Chupacabra, but I guess the experts just won't ever be convinced, especially since our creature somehow was able to break free. Oh well.

I then asked Mrs. Gregor what she thought about the whole thing. She is quoted for saying, “Personally, that . . . 'thing', Chupacabra or whatever it was, kind of creeped me out. I'm just hoping it doesn't come back.”

To this day, one thing still remains in my mind: something must have let the “Chupacabra” out . . . since the animal was a baby, could it have been . . . its mother? We may never know, but one thing's for sure: whatever we saw – whether it be the Chupacabra or a raccoon with mange – was something species and something we're not likely to see again. “Sure we didn't prove the Chupacabra exists,” Ryan says, “but I'm just glad that I was one of the first individuals to see it in the first place!”

Written by: Mr. Smiley
Photographer: Daniel P. Smithwater
Edited by: Christian Ryan, Joy Hammond

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