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Woman Claims Roadkill Is Bloodsucking Monster

Texan says 'chupacabra' killed her chickens
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2007 1:53 PM CDT
Woman Claims Roadkill Is Bloodsucking Monster
Phylis Canion examines the head of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Canion believes she may have the head of the mythical bloodsucking chupacabra. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – It's hairless with large ears, big fangs and grayish skin. So it must be the legendary bloodsucking creature known as the chupacabra (translation: "goat sucker"), according to Texan Phylis Canion, who scooped up the curious roadkill and stuffed it in the freezer for posterity. She's saving it for DNA testing, but one scientist says it's just a mutated dog.

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"I'm not going to tell you that's it's not a chupacabra. I just think a chupacabra is a dog," said one vet. Technicalities aside, the animal has captured the local imagination and beyond, AP reports. Canion sells chupacabra T-shirts from Texas to Brunei. "If everyone has a fun time with it, we'll keep doing it," she said. (Read more myth stories.)

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