“Did a legendary chupacabras kill 35 sheep in the Mexican town of Paracuaro? That’s what local citizens want to know as they ponder the mysterious deaths of their farm animals,” asks Lee Speigel at AOL/Huffington Post.
Speigel interviewed me: ”Anything mysterious in Mexico is unfortunately labeled a ‘Chupacabras,’ according to Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.”
After looking at the video of the current Chupacabras story, Coleman is dubious. “I see one sheep with its neck cut. But despite what is said, all of the sheep are not dead, and the bodies do not show a great deal of mutilation,” Coleman wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
Coleman suggests that the animals succumbed to some kind of disease rather than a predatory attack.
“As to the one eyewitness saying he saw that ‘it had fangs, claws and wings, and moved very quickly’, well, how big, what color, no drawings?”
Speigel talked to Sharon Hill who agreed, and also doubts the Chupacabras portion of the story.
Michoacán’s Diario ABC reported the strange deaths of 35 sheep in the town of Parácuaro. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 1, 2012. The boides presented claw and tooth injuries; the majority of the injuries were under the neck, as if sliced by a razor. The person who looked after the sheep pens stated that he saw the entity that attacked the animals: it had fangs, claws and wings, and moved very quickly.
Agustín Carrillo Madrigal, the owner of the sheep, said that the pen is a quarter of a hectare in size, surrounded by a 2 meter tall cyclone fence. Six rams were kept outside the pen. Three of them died there and the others turned up dead on the outside. An inspection of the perimeter did not show any opening through which they could have exited.
It should be noted that the same enclosure also contained cows, horses and pigs, which suffered no injuries at all. (Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid)