Sep. 2, 1009 - Photos taken in Stillwell, Oklahoma and a news video shot in Blanco, Texas show specimens of what some people believe to be chupacabras (Spanish for "goat suckers"), mythical monsters described in Latin-American folklore as panther- or reptile-like bipeds with prominent fangs, forked tongues, and a ridge of sharp spines protruding from their backs. They're often blamed for livestock mutilations in places e.g. Mexico, Central and South America, and the southwestern United States where people believe such creatures actually exist.
Though neither of the recently photographed specimens, both found dead, boasts the requisite forked tongue or spinal ridge in fact, they resemble nothing so much as hairless dogs or coyotes they're definitely strange-looking enough to grab local headlines on a slow news day.
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