Fabled “Chupacabra” or mutant fox poisoned by radiation Hunters baffled by dog-like animal found in former Soviet republicMythical beast – named “goat sucker” in Spanish because of its carnivorous diet – is thought to have been discovered in remotest Ukraine
Vets in Ukraine are struggling to identify a “mutant” animal shot by hunters in a remote area of the former Soviet republic.
Locals say it is a mystery “Chupacabra” – allegedly sighted a few times in recent years – that preys on rabbits, goats and house animals.
Grey in colour and with ‘fangs’ and a longish neck, it has shorter front legs, slightly resembling a kangaroo, while also showing a likeness to a dog and a fox, say those who have seen it.
Mystery: The discovery of the strange animal in Ukraine has baffled experts
There were claims that it could be a “mutant” fox poisoned by radiation, while another theory was that it maybe a hybrid originating from a Soviet plant conducting tests on animals relating to chemical or biological weapons development.
‘A creature we were not supposed to see has escaped from a secret defence lab,’ said one comment.
‘Theanimal doesn”t look like a fox or a wolf, or a raccoon,’ Mikhail Ilchenko, deputy head of the district veterinary service in Mikhailovskoe, told Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukraine.
‘Itcannot even be a marten. I have never seen such animal before. But, judging by the fangs, I can definitely say that it is a predator.’
Alien: The strange creature resembles a fox but bears features similar to a kangaroo
Speculation: The animal could be the mythical “Chupacabra” – which is Spanish for goat sucker – is a legendary cryptid rumoured to inhabit parts of North and South America
Local vets took the skinny, short-haired creature to the Zoological Museum of Zaporozhye National University.
‘There is something common with a fox, and a dog,’ said director Alexander Korotya.
WHAT IS THE CHUPACABRA
Scientists have speculated that the creatures could be coyotes infected by parasites after one animal was discovered last July following a fatal attack on livestock.
The first reported sighting was in 1995, when eight sheep were found dead in Puerto Rico with identical puncture wounds to the chest and completely drained of blood.
Their mysterious deaths supposedly spawned the legend of the chupacabra in Latin America.
Months later, the creature was allegedly spotted in Canvanas, where as many as 150 animals had been killed.
Since then, there have been attacks allegedly carried out by the creature across South and Central America, and even into New Mexico and Texas.
‘ButI cannot identify what kind of animal it is. For example, its canine teeth are similar similar to a fox, but smaller in size – like a marten.
‘Yet a marten has a different type of skull. If to compare with an otter”s head, then the ears are too small. It has a wide nose and a stretched muzzle.
‘My opinion is that its most likely a hybrid animal or a mutant.’
Reports of such a creature – but with varying descriptions – have appeared in the Ukrainian media in recent years.
One lurid and unconfirmed version is that it sucked blood from chickens and rabbits and domestic animals which it killed in remote villages.
Ithas been described as orange or grey in colour, with front shorter thanhind legs, and with an ability to jump resembling a kangaroo.
Dogs are reported to have been frightened of it, according to villagers.
The”Chupacabra” – which is Spanish for goat sucker – is a legendary cryptid rumoured to inhabit parts of North and South America.
Predator: This creature is feared to have sucked blood from chickens and rabbits and domestic animals which it killed in remote villages