Many Puerto Ricans are expressing a belief that the elusive Chupacabras cannot be captured because it (or they) travel by flying saucer. Two Thursdays ago, drivers going past Dorado's Barrio Los Rodriguez at 10 AM insist upon having seen a luminous object land in a densely forested area. The object remained there for about 3 hours (disappearing at 1 PM). This was attested to by Miguel and Maria Rodriguez, who live in a house behind the hill in question.
Many "busybodies" headed for the place in which the unidentified object was reported and instead found caves filled with strange utensils. However, this family was relieved of 14 chickens, and one of it appeared completely bloodless. A photo was taken of the site where the alleged UFO landed: it shows lights through the wooded growth.
Friday, March 8, 1996-- Reports issuing from Puerto Rico in January and February expressed a belief that the Chupacabras (singular or plural) had gone into hibernation. This concept gave rise to the question of where such an activity would take place, focusing popular attention on the municipality of Aguas Buenas and the
extensive cave system found in this area.
This lull in activity ended abruptly, when farmer Arturo Rodriguez of Aguas Buenas' Barrio Sumidero reported the loss of 30 fighting roosters and hens. The slain birds presented puncture marks on their bodies and throats. Agents from the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources allegedly visited the site to conduct further research.
Tuesday, March 12, 1996 -- Residents of the Barrio Maravilla section of Las Marias added to their woes the appearance of an exotic creature and the strange deaths of two rabbits. The locals are frightened to admit the possibility that the Chupacabras is behind these animal deaths.
On Saturday, March 9th, a boy named Ovidio Mendez, who was in the
process of burying a dead hen in his backyard, ran into a strange creature some four feet in height, walking on two legs. The child stated that the creature had elongated red eyes, large fangs, clawlike hands and a dark grey body. Young Ovidio told the police officers who reported to the scene that the "thing" remained motionless during their encounter and made no threatening gestures whatsoever. "The pointy-eared animal ran away," he added.
Officials explored the immediate area surrounding Las Marias but were unable to come up with anything. Not all residents were sold on the idea of the Chupacabras as the source of the animal deaths. One woman expressed the belief that a dog was really responsible for the death of her rabbit, but another resident felt that the marks found on her dead pet were "very strange."
The Chupacabras was allegedly foiled in one of its attacks: a mare
fended off its strange assailant with powerful kicks, causing it to run away.
These details were released by police lieutenant Carmelo Rodriguez of the local police precinct.
Newspaper "El Vocero" alerted its readers to the possibility that the Chupacabras and its kind have spread throughout the world©©a truly sobering thought. Journalist Julio V. Ramirez observed that animal mutilations bearing the distinctive "signature" of the Chupacabras have been reported in Brazil's Amazonia and in Guatemala, where hundreds of sheep and chickens were killed
in bizarre fashion. One Guatemalan farmwoman reported that over a hundred of her chickens were found completely drained of blood and with "strange puncture marks" under their wings.
Wednesday, March 13, 1996 -- In a most unusual development, the Chupacabras was "exonerated" of guilt in the March 9 slaying of a cow belonging to Mayaguez-area cattleman Pedro Rojas Rodriguez, a resident of the Montoso sector of that community. According to Mr. Rojas, "an unknown assailant" had killed his cow, taking
the choicest cuts of meat. This most un-Chupacabras-like attacker left behind the animal's skin, head, legs and entrails. Agents of Puerto Rico's CIC expressed a belief that "we are dealing with a human cow-killer who is preying on all the cattle in this area."
Tuesday, March 19, 1996 -- More fighting roosters and dogs have been lost to the Chupacabras, which has haunted the city of Aguada's Barrio Mamey over the past weekend. A local youth, Jose Pellot, had a terrifying close encounter with the bizarre
predator: as Pellot went out to his backyard after hearing an unusual sound, he became aware of a doglike creature. To his amazement, what he had taken to be a dog suddenly became fully erect, standing some five feet in height. Pellot later described the creature as being hairy and powerfully built. The surprise
encounter with the creature coincided with the deaths of several fighting roosters and a dog belonging to Santos Pellot, Jose's father.
Wednesday, April 3, 1996 -- Distasteful though it may seem to many, particularly those researchers who pride themselves in their strong scientific backing, there exists the widespread belief on the island that the Chupacabras and its kin are demonic creatures, heralding the "period of confusion" foretold in the Book of Revelations. All the sophisticated arguments about one-fanged
dogs, rogue apes, aliens and genetic engineering have been unable to assuage this strong concern.
What does any investigator do, however, when witnesses report that the Chupacabras exited the scene "to the strong smell of sulphur"?
Aguas Buenas' Barrio Sumidero, which had the unenviable distinction of being the first place visited by the Chupacabras after its "reawakening" from a purported rest period, is once again in the news. The paranormal predator made free with a large number of backyard animals over the preceding days, leaving a trail of dead chickens, geese, ducks and sheep in the La Vega, Capilla and La Araia sectors of Barrio Sumidero
The ravenous intruder killed eleven chickens at the farm of Luis
Fontinez, who had carefully placed his birds into individual cages. Six dead ducks, discovered by Pascual Ayala at his farm, completed the night's handiwork in this part of the island which became famous late last year when a cow belonging to Luis Felipe Navas, a senator, was found entirely drained of blood.
On April 1st, three sheep (a fourth was reported missing) joined the list of victims when their bloodless carcasses were found on the property of Rafael Peia. The animals betrayed the same puncture marks in the throat and abdomen which have characterized a Chupacabras attack. A strong smell of sulphur filled the air in the wake of the killings, making some of the individuals on the scene feel ill. This group of sixteen people included farmer Peia himself, Aguas Buenas mayor Victor Aponte, EL VOCERO photographer Eddie
Deese Conde and elements of the Civil Defense. Nausea and vomiting among the nocturnal expedition's members caused the search to be postponed. The mute testimony of the damage was undeniable. "Whatever" caused the animal deaths had torn a galvanized iron gate, measuring 16' wide by 14' high, off its hinges.
The potent smell of sulphur was ascribed to a hypothetical "defense
mechanism" possessed by the creature known as the Chupacabras. Others have speculated that the sulphurous odor may also be used to render its prey unable to flee. Local residents kept their own counsel, however, as to the nature and meaning of the sulphur.
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