Of all the many newspaper and online articles I’ve written over the years, my favorite is the one I wrote about el chupacabra, a goat-beast that plagues (the minds of residents of) South Texas:
Texas’ Blood-Sucking Monster, abcnews.com
So, it is with a morbid glee that I discovered this news of a recent chupacabra sighting in Cuero, Texas, complete with gruesome photo. The article debates whether this is a genuine chupacabra (which, would be awfully difficult to confirm, all things considered), a new species, a hyprid coyote-dog species, or simply what it really is — a dog that died with a severe case of sarcoptic mange.
Mange isn’t typically lethal, but it often leads to a dog becoming weak, emaciated, hairless and prone to dying of something else. It’s no wonder that, in the minds of my fellow South Texans, we’ve decided to turn into something far more fantastical, instead of what it is: A terrible but persistent infection, common in any place with lots of feral animals ( aka Texas).