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Monday, August 24, 2015

Chupacabras, Velociraptors, and Other Strange Beasts in Puerto Rico

All people who like Cryptozoology know about the Chupacabras. In 1995, many animals began being found dead and drained of blood in Puerto Rico. Soon, people started reporting encounters with the attacker - a four to five foot tall creature, with back legs like a kangaroo, red eyes, a lipless mouth, three fingered hands, furry or leathery skin, and spines or quills on its back. The creature was quickly dubbed the "Chupacabras," which is Spanish for "goat sucker." If you look up Chupacabras on google, is will say it is "an animal said to exist in parts of Latin America, where it supposedly attacks animals, especially goats."

Chupacabras


Many people probably don't know, however, that Puerto Rico has many other monsters besides the Chupacabras. These other cryptids are the subject of one of Nick Redfern's Mysterious Universe articles from last week. I hadn't even heard about most of this stuff!
Is Bigfoot in Puerto Rico?

What are some of the other cryptids of Puerto Rico that Redfern discusses? They include things like black panthers, vampires, raptor dinosaurs, aliens, bigfoot-like creatures, and more. What interested me the most was the part about sightings of things that looked just like the Velociraptors out of Jurassic Park. Whatever those things were, however, they are probably not Velociraptors. Most people don't know this, but Velociraptors were actually only about two feet tall and about six feet long, and were covered in feathers. They didn't look anything like the ones in Jurassic Park or any of its sequels. Those raptors look more like Deinonychus. 
Velociraptor

Deinonychus

Here's how Redfern's article starts:

"I guarantee that if you bring up the words 'Monsters' and 'Puerto Rico' in the same sentence, it will instantly provoke thoughts of the Chupacabra. The beast is, after all, Puerto Rico's most famous, legendary cryptid. But, it's far from being alone. It's a little known fact that the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is said to be the home of other creatures of a monstrous nature, too. And they are an extremely diverse bunch. I've been to Puerto Rico on many occasions, always in pursuit of the Chupacabra. However, it's notable that on every occasion I've been there, I've found myself looking into other things, too. Very weird things."

See the rest here.  

Redfern also has Chupacabra Road Trip, one of his several new books in September, coming out September 8.


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