An Oklahoma woman says she found a mysterious carcass, which she believes to be a Chupacabra, on the side of the road earlier this month.
Vonda Thedford, a 55-year-old restaurant worker, said she was driving along a rural road in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, earlier in April when she spotted a strange-looking creature.
“I saw this thing lying on [the] side of the road and I'm like ‘wow what is that,'” Thedford said. “So I stopped[,] backed up and looked at it[,] and took some pictures.”
The odd creature was hairless, with the exception of a small patch at the end of its tail, and had a small, trunk-like extension where its nose should be. Additionally, its hind feet resembled fingers more than they did paws. Thedford said she showed photos of the creature that she took on her phone to veterinarians, hunters and law enforcement officers. Every single person, according to the woman, was baffled by what they saw.
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“Hunters, especially the hunters that skin and do all that sort of stuff, they didn't have any clue either [...] never seen anything like it before in their life,” she said.
Thedford said she believes the body to be that of a Chupacabra.
“I lived a long time in New Mexico and they call it the ‘Chupacabra' out there so that's what we've been calling it because we don't know what else to call it,” she said. “I know it's something logical. I know it's not an alien, I know it's not Bigfoot's aborted child, like people are coming up with.”
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The Chupacabra, a mythical blood-sucking creature that is often blamed for the death of livestock, is mostly reported in Mexico and the southwestern United States.
“We can't really [know] what this is, it could be a number of different things[.] [It's a] small mammal obviously, it could be a dog or a cat, a raccoon,” Department of Wildlife spokesperson Micah Holmes said. Some officials have theorized that the carcass was one of an animal that suffered from mange, which is caused by parasites and results in hair loss.
“They may lose all of it, they may have a tuft of hair or two like we can see on the tail there, it appears to be a dark color but there's really not enough there to tell exactly what this may be,” Holmes said.
“You're looking at a juvenile specimen[;] that's why a lot of people have a hard time identifying something like this,” Joey Williams, assistant director of Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, said. “Everything I've ever seen that's been ‘unexplainable,' it's easily identifiable if you know what you're looking at. Most of the time they are raccoons or coyotes with mange or coyotes with a genetic disorder.”