Meet the *Charming* Chupacabra!

This just in . . . some pretty serious footage of a creature thought to be local, deep-south folklore. The Chupacabra is relatively new on my legend-radar, and there are a plethora of mainstream myths to keep me sufficiently occupied. However, I just came across this video on a friend’s Facebook wall and felt it worthy of a share on my blog.

Briefly, the Chupacabra came on the legendary and elusive scene back in 1995 in Puerto Rico when eight sheep were found dead with unexplained puncture wounds to the chest. The animals were drained of blood. Not long after this, an eyewitness claimed to have seen an unknown creature kill over 150 farm animals in a similar fashion. Since then, there have been many supposed sightings of the creature dubbed the “goat sucker” (that is what Chupacabra means in Spanish!).

Sounds like a cuddly little guy, doesn’t it? Well, I’ll let you watch the video and reach your own conclusion. I must say that the “expert” interviewed in this film must not be much of an expert on anything if he can’t tell this unusual animal from a mangy dog! Ever see a dog eat with its front paws like a kangaroo?

I didn’t think so.

Sea Dragon?

I think this video will speak for itself. What an incredible specimen that washed up on the shore in New Zealand. This enormous, elusive beast seems ancient . . . perhaps it even died of old age. People are speculating that it may be a whale carcass or some sort of seal. Sorry, but this creature doesn’t fit into a known box. Looks like a magnificent Dragon of the Deep to me!

What do you think?

Bigfoot Goes on Tour?

Like a bad off-OFF-Broadway production, the so-called body of Bigfoot will be on tour this year. Perhaps another name for this post could be “Rick Dyer Strikes Again.” You remember Mr. Dyer . . . he’s the self-proclaimed professional Bigfoot hunter that pulled a dandy of a hoax back in 2008, touting that he shot a Yeti and was selling his body to the highest bidder. It didn’t take long to recognize a rubber ape costume from an actual mammal.

Dyer claims that this time it’s the real deal. “Bigfoot is not a tooth fairy, Bigfoot is real,” Dyer said. “The most important thing to me is being vindicated, letting people know that I am the best Bigfoot tracker in the world and it’s not just me saying it.” 

Hmmm, I think vindication involves proving that you’re right about something. Lying to the world and trying to sell it to the bidder with the deepest pockets is more akin to perjury than being tragically misunderstood. And although Mr. Dyer is getting some media attention, I think those of us that are serious about Sasquatch fear it’s more of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” And Texas may be one of the Top Ten states for Bigfoot sightings but I’d be surprised to find a Yeti in San Antonio where trees are short and scarce. These dudes like heavy-duty woods.   

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For now, I’m taking the wait-and-see approach. When the body of Bigfoot comes to a town near me, I’ll make a trek and ask a lot of hard questions. In the meantime, I’ll watch what unfolds with a large dose of skepticism. It seems the fame Rick Dyer seeks may be as elusive as the animal he hunts, although he could become famous as the next “Pinocchio.” 

Dealing with Skeptics

In my line of work, I cannot afford to be thin-skinned. When I put myself and my beliefs on the line–literally ‘online’–for all the world to see, I can’t be easily offended by the scoffers. I’m practically sending an invitation to them: “I believe in Bigfoot! Come check out what I have to say!”

Yeah . . . kinda sounds funny to me too.

That’s all right. I’m willing to dialogue about what I know. I’ll keep an open mind, if they will too. Otherwise, it’s simply a one-sided monologue. If that’s all they’re after then the skeptic can start writing their own blog and monologue all they want!

When something is not readily seen and tangible, the give-me-proof people shut down. They are not patient. They are not willing to explore. They lack faith. They are usually the atheists that can’t see past the DNA and Milky-way to notice the Creator behind the creation. Makes me sad for them.

That’s okay. Those of us willing to walk through the ‘wardrobe’ will be the ones that get to have the adventure. That wardrobe isn’t big enough for everyone, now is it?