Nelson County, Kentucky — A local Nelson County man shot a creature that residents thought was the legendary Chupacabra.
It actually turned out to be a hairless racoon Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say.
The mythical creature has been sighted from Texas to Maine, causing a ruckus everywhere it has been sighted.The legend says the elusive dog-like creature attacks livestock, bleeding them dry of blood — their favorite being goats.
“It’s definitely a hideous creature. There’s just no way around it. Without that fur it gives it a whole new appearance as to what it is,” said wildlife biologist Steven Dobey.
This is not the first time this hairless creature has been seen. In 2007, an animal was caged while it was still alive and brought to their attention.
“The anatomical features of it, the skeletal features, the general appearances, particularly the paws, it gives it away. That it is in fact a raccoon,” Dobey.
This hairless racoon is actually becoming more common in Kentucky.
“Not to determine the species. We know it’s a raccoon, but to determine what the cause of this is. It’s obvious it’s some type of hair loss,” Dobey said.
It is not mange, which has been the case with chupacabra sightings in the West, that have mainly been coyotes with mange. In the East, the hairless creatures are suffering a skin disorder similar to alopecia in humans, (msnbc.com).
Because of all the attention that the “chupacabra” has received, Mark Cothern, the man who shot it, is going to a taxidermist to have it mounted.
Experts agree there are many reasons why an animal may be hairless, from disease to mutations in the gene pool.
Source courtesy of www.msnbc.com