Monsters in Texas

It seems we have some exciting news occurring over in Hood County, a small northern Texas community. It seems in the last four days people have been spotting the ever elusive (cue the suspenseful music) Chupacabra! The article reports that two of these “mysterious” creatures have been killed near farm lands within a period of three days. Since local animal control officials have no idea what the animals are, they have been dubbed “unknown” and we all know what happens next. “Unknown” always means “para”normal, so why not label the unknown animals Chupacabra?
 
And guess what? That is just what they did.
 
Texan David Hewitt is one of the land owners that shot and killed one of these supposed Chupacabras (no the ‘s‘ is NOT a typo).  “I had no idea what it could be,” Hewett was quoted as saying. “It looked like one of them hairless Chihuahuas, only much bigger.”
 
Remember what I said earlier about an unknown becoming paranormal? “From all indications, it seemed to be a Chupacabra. The claws, toenails, are nothing like I’ve seen on a coyote. Skinny, pointed tail; sure looks like a possum to me,” Hewitt said. “Never seen any kind of animal that doesn’t have hair on it.”
 
Well, Mr. Hewett, didn’t you just say it looks like hairless Chihuahua? OR was that a possum? Here’s a fun fact for you Land Owner Hewitt; dogs with mange tend to lose their hair. Mange is a class of persistent contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites. It typically causes the animal to lose its hair. Surprisingly, there are many reasons for animals to lose hair. If interested in seeing why dogs may lose hair, check out this link for starters:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1593&aid=421.
 
This ’report’ reminds me of a very popular urban legend. There are many variations, but the basic tale has a family bringing home a hairless Chihuahua for their son after visiting Mexico. They take the creat to the vet, only to discover it’s a giant sewer rat with rabies. Now seriously, let’s use a bit of critical thinking here. First off, unknown doesn’t mean paranormal, hell unknown doesn’t even mean unknowable. Just because local animal control officials cannot identify the animal that doesn’t make this creature unidentifiable. Or we can make this even simpler by using Occam’s razor. What makes more sense: that this creature is a known creature unidentifiable because of a possible skin parasite or some other disorder; or some mythological monster that no biological evidence exists for?
 
I am going with this is a known animal; it is just a matter of figuring it out.
 
References:
http://www.wfaa.com/news/entertainment/pets/Chupacabra-like-animals-turn-up-in-Hood-County-98174199.html

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

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