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Vol. 5, No. 17, Part 2 | November 1, 1999
Chupacabras Reportedly Attacks Again In Brazil
According to the October 28 edition of the Brazilian journal Correiro
Braziliense, the recent killings of numerous farm animals in the region of
Sorocaba, in Brazil's Sao Paulo state, looks like the work of the dreaded
During mid October, two farms in Cesario Lange together reported the loss of 8
goats and 3 sheep, seemingly killed by an unknown predator. Blood had been
sucked out of the animals, according to the witnesses -- a tell-tale sign of the
chupacabras, or "goat sucker." Similar attacks have been sporadically reported
in the region during the past two years.
Marco Antonio de Souza, landlord of the Nova Esperana farm, said 5 goats and 3
sheep were killed there. Each was found dead with a single spot in its neck. "It
is very weird, because an animal that kills to eat smashes its victim," Souza
Three more goats were reportedly killed a short time later at another nearby
Since an intense wave of chupacabras incidents began in Puerto Rico in the
mid-1990s, reported attacks have spread throughout Mexico, parts of Central and
South America, and occasionally into the southern U.S. Witnesses often describe
a bizarre predator that stands about four feet tall on its hind legs, has
heavily clawed hands, large fangs, piercing red eyes and sometimes a row of
spikes down its back. The creature has been said to fly but is more often
reported to make long jumps with its heavily muscled hind legs.
What is certain is that domestic animals are being killed -- but little else has
been factually established about the alleged killer.
A recent book called Cryptozoology A to Z (Fireside/Simon & Schuster
1999) by leading cryptozoologist Loren Coleman and UFO/paranormal expert Jerome
Clark says that "the single most notable cryptozoological phenomenon of the past
decade is undoubtedly the chupacabras" which is "on its way to becoming a
worldwide sensation like no other unexplained creature since... Bigfoot."
Coleman and Clark offer the intriguing insight that Chupacabras reports bear a
strong resemblance to certain older traditions involving so-called Mer Beings,
aquatic creatures that are sometimes reported to come ashore, where they can be
highly aggressive and dangerous. Such beings are found in the lore of many
nations, though their actual existence has never been proven and is generally
dismissed by science.
[CNI News thanks our Brazilian correspondent Thiago Ticchetti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for alerting us to this story.]