The recent deaths of approximately sixty sheep in the Lukhovitskiy region of Russia sparked immediate speculation of a Chupacabra attack. No tracks were found in the surrounding snow — one of the trademarks of the stealthy Chupacabra, which is allegedly capable of hopping great distances.
In response to the growing media attention, the Agricultural Ministry released an official statement dismissing the idea of a “fairytale” creature being responsible for the slaughter. According to the Ministry, the culprit was most likely a dog that may have been purposely set loose on the sheep. The lack of identifiable tracks was simply the result of falling snow.
This is not the first time Russia has been linked to the Chupacabra. In 2005, numerous farming villages reported finding their livestock mysteriously drained of blood. One of the farmers witnessed the creature, claiming it resembled an enormous, bipedal dog with powerful, kangaroo-like legs — a description matching the general likeness of the Chupacabra.
Although the vampiric predator came to global prominence in the 1990s, rumors and sightings seem to date back much, much further. El Vampiro de Moca first struck in Puerto Rico during the 1970s, draining horses of their blood, while the Mosquito Man of the South American rainforest supposedly drank the blood of animals through its needle-like mouth. The Chupacabra might also be responsible for the numerous stories of gargoyles in medieval Europe.
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