In the 1990s, a new monster appeared in the cryptozoology world. It was quickly given the name chupacabras, which is spanish for "goat sucker."
In March of 1995, the Puerto Rican towns of Orocovis and Morovis were plagued by a livestock-killing monster. No one knew exactly what it was, but it was killing many sheep, chickens, goats, and other livestock, and draining their blood. Often, there were puncture wounds on the necks, and no other marks on the animals.
The first person to see the unknown vampire was Madelyne Tolentino. When she was helping her mother move in August of 1995, she happened to look out the window and saw a frightened man sitting in a car. She went outside to see what was going on.
When she went outside, Tolentino spotted something. It was walking on two legs, but wasn't human.
The thing Tolentino was looking at was about four feet tall, and had eyes with no pupils, which Tolentino said were "constantly moving from side to side." The creature was holding its arms and legs in "an attack position, as though it were a TV monster." On each hand, the creature had three fingers with claws. The legs were "long and skinny," and the creature was covered in short hair and had marks all over it, which Tolentino said looked like burns. It had a row of "feathers" down its back and walked with "robot-like movements, as if it was being controlled by someone."
When the chupacabras looked Tolentino in the eyes, she screamed, which caused her mother to run outside. The creature started running, and disappeared into the woods. A boy, who worked for Tolentino's husband, was also there, and he, along with her mother, ran after the creature. He got close to it and tried to grab it, but when he did, the "feathers" on its back, which he described as "spines," whipped up and started changing color. Another neighbor saw what was happening, and when Tolentino's mother yelled "catch it," the thing took off again, but this time "seemed to be flying as if it had been suspended in the air."
That may have been the first encounter with the chupacabras, but it certainly wasn't the last. Reports continued frequently across Puerto Rico, the southern United States, and other places in 1995 and 1996, and continue to this day.
More on chupacabras (the kind described here and the "canine kind") can be found in my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.