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Old 12-22-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: DFW/Texas
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I'm hoping that someone here on CD can help me identify WHAT kind of animal this is! I live in a So Cal suburb, at the base of a mountain, so wildlife is seen here quite often- coyotes, mountain lions, skunks, possums, deer, etc. A few weeks ago I was driving to go on some errands and was passing a house I've passed a million times- it's a fancy house that is on a large lot covered in lemon trees- and I stopped at the stop sign right in front of the house.

I just happened to glance down at the sidewalk and there this guy was! He was just chillin', walking around very slowly and sniffing things. It was about 6-8 feet away from me so I got a good look at it and I immediately thought it was a very sick-looking coyote, but one of the strangest coyotes I've ever seen. It had a long tail that was appeared to be hairless and just looked thin and sick (I could see its ribs) and had these huge ears. My kids and I pulled over and watched it meander into the lemon groves on this property and it let us watch it for about 15 minutes before finally trotting off, limping with a hitch in his gait.

I actually called animal control and told them about it and said that it probably should be put down for its own good, as the animal appeared to be suffering and just not doing well. Now on to the strange part: today I was driving by the house again and what did I see??? This guy again! WTH?? He was now on the paved driveway part of the house and was sniffing the flower beds and just hanging out! I couldn't believe my eyes and I rolled down our windows and we all yelled hello to it and it just stared at us and then went back to doing what he was doing.

What the heck is this thing?? I don't think it's a coyote and it doesn't look like any type of dog I've ever seen. It appears to be used to seeing humans and the street this house is on is a pretty busy street, too. Any ideas? It's driving me nuts! LOL

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Old 12-22-2014, 11:09 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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Google " Chupacabra " and see if that was it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:27 PM
 
Location: DFW/Texas
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Holy crap! If that thing is a real Chupacabra what does that mean?? It appeared so docile and mellow, not at all like it was going to attack anything or anyone.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Coyotes with a bad case of mange have been suspect in chubracabra sightings.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:20 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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From earlier this year, a live "chupacabra." Looks like a hairless raccoon, not a coyote.
The biologist in the clip apparently can't tell the diff between a canine paw and a raccoon paw.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaS2p8VEfj4
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I wonder why they don't take the dna to see what it is? I'm thinking it is from the racoon family. Dogs and coyotes don't eat their food like that, (lifting the food up to their mouths) but raccoons do.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:34 AM
 
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Demodectic mange really alters the look of an animal. Poor things. And the hosts do appear docile as they get sicker.

One of my kids ranches. Went out to the barn before daylight one winter morning and stopping in to feed the cats, found a coyote with this type of mange curled up on a saddle pad he must have pulled down. He woke, yawned, and laid his/her head back down and watched her. She felt bad enough for the coyote, she put him down rather than just shooing him out to starve or freeze to death.

That's a tough parasite to conquer even with good treatment.
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: DFW/Texas
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The only thing that would make me think that it isn't a raccoon with mange is it's general size- it's the size of a coyote, with long legs. I wonder if it's just a coyote with mange? I just can't believe that I saw it again and I'm contemplating going to the house and talking to the owners. The strange part is that this house harvests their lemons a few times a year and yesterday I saw several trucks and the stacks of lemon crates in the grove, all while this animal was hanging around. I didn't see any people working, as it was lunch time, but it would seem that the owners would know something about this creature- they have to have seen it before, right?
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:55 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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All I got was a tiny black box with an X
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:01 PM
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All I got was a tiny black box with an X
If you're referring to the video, the title on youtube is: Chupacabra captured alive in Texas (footage)

Pop that in the search box and it's the first video.
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