For years now, the "Chupacabra"- a legendary creature hailing out of the myths of Puerto Rico and many Central and South American countries- has been thought to be seen more and more in the United States, though typically in the Texas/Oklahoma/Florida/California area (areas with very high Hispanic population pockets).
But reports of a grey hairless creature being killed by a Kentucky man have many believing that the mythical animal might have started wandering north (or east, depending on where it is coming from...)
A grey, wrinkled skinned creature with no fur and an awful look about it has been shot by a man as he saw it cross his front yard, compelled to do so by his inability to identify it nor judge the intentions of the animal's visit.
The expert judge of animal character, a Mr. Mark Cothren of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, says he saw the creature as it came out of the woods and on to his front yard at about 3 p.m. on December 18, 2010. Unable to readily identify the bizarre looking creature, Cothren opened fire on it, killing it on site.
"I was like: 'every animal has hair, especially this time of year!' What puzzled me is how something like that could survive through a winter with no hair," Cothren said.
"Everybody is getting very curious, you know. [The] phone is ringing off the hook. It's kind of a mystery right now," Cothren said.
But could this grey skinned mystery really be the legendary Chupacabra???
"Everybody is leaning kind of toward that - it's the Chupacabra! People have come up to me [saying] 'that's what the thing is 'cause I pulled it up on the Internet'" Cothren laughed.
But not everyone is as optimistic...
"It's hard to judge what an animal is from just a photograph," said Sam Clites with the Louisville Zoo. Clites say he would have to see the animal in person to study it and determine its species. At first glance, he believed the animal could be a raccoon or a dog, but not a mythical creature.
"This is an animal that's native to our area, most likely that is suffering from some type disease," Clites said.
Clites says it isn't uncommon for an animal with a severe disease to lose fur and look unrecognizable.Cothren says he has spoken with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and is preserving the animal to hand over to them.