Alleged chupacabra found in Runaway Bay

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Wise County Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A Runaway Bay man found what might possibly be the legendary chupacabra. Tony Potter found the creature last week at hole 14 of the Runaway Bay golf course. The brown, earth-colored creature is hairless with oversized canines and elongated padded feet with inch-long toes tapered with sharp, curved claws. The creature also had long hind legs.

Wise County Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wise County Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“This is a weird little critter,” Potter said. “This is not a coyote. This is not a dog.” He considered that it might be a hairless raccoon, but it bears little resemblance. Potter pointed out that despite the lack of hair the animal does not have any lesions indicative of mange to explain the hair loss. He showed the animal to several people in town and took it to a veterinarian in Bridgeport, but no one was able to identify the species. Chupacabra is Spanish for goat sucker. The creature is known for sucking the blood from livestock. There have been several findings of the unknown creature throughout Texas during the past few years. The Runaway Bay specimen appears to be a juvenile male.

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