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Chicken deaths blamed on 'El Chupacabras'

Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM   |   Comments

HORIZON CITY, Texas, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Two Texas men said they have a prime suspect in the slayings of 30 chickens on their property, El Chupacabras.

Cesar Garcia of Horizon City, Texas, said he found 20 chickens dead and drained of their blood Saturday morning and his brother-in-law, Juan Miranda, found 10 chickens killed the same way in a different coop Sunday morning, the El Paso (Texas) Times reported Wednesday.

"I saw the chickens were dead, but there was no blood around the sheet metal," Garcia said. "All of them were just dead in one big pile. But, really, I don't know what it was because there was no blood."

Garcia and Miranda said they researched the twin puncture wounds on each of the chickens and tracks found near the coop and linked them to the mythical creature.

However, Tony Zavaleta, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas-Brownsville, said El Chupacabras, which translates to "the goat sucker," is strictly legend.

"The Chupacabra is a mythical creature," Zavaleta said. "I reserve the right to say that until someone produces one."

Topics: Juan Miranda
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