Mysterious Creature Spotted In South Carolina (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Photos of an odd-looking creature spotted in South Carolina have some social media users convinced of the existence of the mythical Chupacabra.

The pictures were posted on Facebook on Aug. 5 by Doug Stewart, the Daily Mail reported. He took them while playing a round of golf at Santee Cooper Country Club in South Carolina.

"Ok...playing Golf in Santee SC. Can somebody pleeeeease tell me what the flock this is!?!? #ThatAintNoDog," Stewart wrote as the caption.

The photo was shared more than 1,500 times and received hundreds of comments from social media users who speculated on what the mysterious creature could actually be.

"Yeah it definitely looks like a chupacabra," wrote one commenter.

"Looks like a dog with severe mange," wrote another.

"Sick mangy coyote is my guess! Needs some help!" added one concerned user.

"Its to big to be a fox lmao foxes are short and long not tall and long i hunt foxes i know a full grown fox doesnt get that big so its definitely not a fox," observed another user.

"Its hind end seems to be taller than a dog and his tail seems very long. Hmmmm," observed another.

Another user speculated the creature could be "A kangaroo… Or the Devil."

The legend of the Chupacabra is associated with the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. In Spanish, it directly translates to "goat sucker." Its origins began after the vampire-esque slaughter of numerous goats in Puerto Rico in 1995.

There have never been any officially confirmed sightings of the Chupacabra.

Jay Butfiloski, Furbearer Project manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, offered his own input regarding the photos.

"It's a canine with mange, it’s not a Chupacabra. That you can put to bed," Butfiloski told WCIV.

"Emaciation is common as the increased scratching, licking, and chewing on their skin can affect the amount of time spent hunting for food," Butfiloski explained, adding that it would be impossible to say for sure what species of canine the animal is without examining it in person.

"Either way, it has got mange," he said, adding that the mange usually only appears as a small, irritated patch on the skin.  

Mange is typically caused by a parasitic mite, which -- in rare cases -- can spread to humans. According to Butfiloski, with a case of mange this severe, the animal will likely die from a secondary infection, starvation, or a combination of the two.

Sources: Daily Mail, Doug Stewart/Facebook, WCIV / Featured Image: Michael Snipes/Flickr / Embedded Images: Doug Stewart/Facebook

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