Mystery of ‘el chupacabra’ solved?

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Or, “I’d’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your mangy mutt!”Phylis Canion holds a photo of what she is calling a Chupacabra in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens. AP Photo by Eric GayThis story by AP writer Elizabeth White with photos by Eric Gay makes one wonder. The mythical blood-sucking chupacabra, discovered at last … in Texas … or just a freakish dog? You decide.

Phylis Canion holds the head of what she is calling a Chupacabra at her home in Cuero, Texas, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. She found the strange looking animal dead outside her ranch and thinks it is responsible for killing many of her chickens. AP Photo by Eric GayPhylis Canion, a lifelong hunter who has lived in Africa and says she has seen “a lot of nasty stuff” in her life, says she decapitated the mystery creature (!), which she found as roadkill outside her Texas ranch, and is storing the severed head in her freezer (!) so she can have its ancestry traced before it joins the zebras and other hunting trophies on her wall.Similar hariless, doglike creatures were found in Texas three years ago; it was determined they were coyotes suffering from mange.Or were they?Photos by Eric Gay, The Associated Press