Rescuers capture hairless raccoon

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CLAREMORE, Okla., March 2 (UPI) -- Oklahoma animal rescuers said they have received multiple calls from the public concerned that a recently captured hairless raccoon is "a chupacabra."

Annette King Tucker, president at the Wild Heart Ranch animal rescue in Claremore, said the raccoon captured near the western-themed Christian camp Dry Gulch USA was the first she had seen to suffer from the hair loss disease mange, The Oklahoman reported Tuesday.


Tucker said the raccoon, which is not in pain, is receiving treatment for the condition and is expected to regrow its hair during the next four months.

She said the raccoon has become a local curiosity, and the topic of much debate, since the first sighting earlier in the winter.

"I have a lot of people calling me, arguing that it's a chupacabra," Tucker said, referring to a mythical creature rumored to live in portions of the Americas, drinking the blood of goats. "We've been doing this for 14 years and have 15,000 wild animals here, and I've never had anything that's been considered a mythical animal."

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