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Post  damkira on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:25 pm

The mystery of the legendary chupacabra, a beast said to drain the blood of domestic animals at night, has been solved according to a scientist at the University of Michigan.

Biologist Barry OConnor says that most chupacabra sightings are probably linked to coyotes with mange, a disease caused by mites burrowing under the skin of coyotes.

Mange leaves coyotes with extreme hair loss similar to that described by people who claim to have seen chupacabra. Analysis of alleged chupacabra carcasses by scientists has usually turned up evidence of mange, which is caused by the same species of mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that triggers the itchy rash known as scabies in people.

Domestic dogs have been associated long enough with humans to evolve the ability to fight off mange, but wild dogs—foxes, wolves and coyotes—have not.

"Whenever you have a new host-parasite association, it's pretty nasty," said OConnor in a statement. "It does a lot of damage, and mortality can be relatively high because that host species has not had any evolutionary history with the parasite, so it has not been able to evolve any defenses like we have."

Severe cases of mange can leave wild dogs susceptible to bacterial skin infections, producing a foul odor in addition to hair loss and thickening of the animal's skin. The end result: "an ugly, naked, leathery, smelly monstrosity"—an animal characterized by "chupacabra syndrome."

The weakened condition of mange-infested animals may lead them to hunt easier prey: domestic animals.

"Because these animals are greatly weakened, they're going to have a hard time hunting," OConnor said. "So they may be forced into attacking livestock because it's easier than running down a rabbit or a deer."

Mange can also affect non-canine species. In Australia, there are cases of wombat cubracabra, while in other areas serious mite infections can cause weakened-squirrels to fall out of trees, according to OConnor, suggesting the chupacabra can be found in trees and Down Under.

The myth of the chupacabra dates back to 1987 when Puerto Rican newspapers El Vocero and El Nuevo Dia reported on mysterious deaths of animals which were said to have been drained of blood. Its name, coined by Puerto Rican comedian Silverio Pérez, translates to "goat sucker." The creature is sometimes blamed for the disappearance and loss of goats, chickens and other farm animals. It is described as "dog-like, rodent-like or reptile-like, with long snouts, large fangs, leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and a nasty odor."

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1022-chupacabra.html

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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  c0n3j0 on Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:43 pm

Screw science!

Chupacabra is too cool to be fake!
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  KingFate on Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:36 pm

c0n3j0 wrote:Screw science!

Chupacabra is too cool to be fake!

He is right, I mean who doesn't love to say "LA CHUPACABRA!"
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  c0n3j0 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:40 pm

KingFate wrote:
c0n3j0 wrote:Screw science!

Chupacabra is too cool to be fake!

He is right, I mean who doesn't love to say "LA CHUPACABRA!"

Don't be callin' him a lady now.

He's too cool for that too.
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  KingFate on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:40 pm

c0n3j0 wrote:
KingFate wrote:
c0n3j0 wrote:Screw science!

Chupacabra is too cool to be fake!

He is right, I mean who doesn't love to say "LA CHUPACABRA!"

Don't be callin' him a lady now.

He's too cool for that too.

How does that make him not cool?
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  c0n3j0 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:59 pm

KingFate wrote:
c0n3j0 wrote:
KingFate wrote:
c0n3j0 wrote:Screw science!

Chupacabra is too cool to be fake!

He is right, I mean who doesn't love to say "LA CHUPACABRA!"

Don't be callin' him a lady now.

He's too cool for that too.

How does that make him not cool?

scratch
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  Mako on Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:57 pm

damkira wrote:The mystery of the legendary chupacabra, a beast said to drain the blood of domestic animals at night, has been solved according to a scientist at the University of Michigan.

I was wondering what all these chupacabras were doing running around campus. Razz

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Still, this isn't new news at all. This research has been suggested before and people claim there is no way you can mistake an animal with mange to what they have seen themselves.
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Re: El Chupacabra mystery solved?

Post  zex on Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:23 am

Mako wrote:
damkira wrote:The mystery of the legendary chupacabra, a beast said to drain the blood of domestic animals at night, has been solved according to a scientist at the University of Michigan.

I was wondering what all these chupacabras were doing running around campus. Razz

.....

Still, this isn't new news at all. This research has been suggested before and people claim there is no way you can mistake an animal with mange to what they have seen themselves.

People also claim to have seen UFOs, aliens, virgin Marys, gods....Rolling Eyes

I should post Dexter's chupacabra episode, but I can't find it -_-
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