Monday, August 31, 2009


In Blanco this time!

Or, maybe not.
“Different, that’s for sure, very interesting,” said Blanco taxidermist Jerry Ayer with Blanco Taxidermy School.

Ayer is preserving the frozen carcass that was found by one of his former students in Rosenberg, Texas, located about 40 miles southwest of Houston. The animal looks gray with leathery skin, unlike anything that is native to Texas.

“It got into his cousin's barn and they thought maybe it was a rodent tearing things up, and they had no idea since they’ve never seen it,” said Ayer. “He got out some poison, and this is what they got the very next day.”

Ayer has been in the taxidermy business for 10 years and said he’s never seen anything like it. He points out the unusual features that are commonly associated with the mythical beast known as the chupacabra.
(from KSAT-12) (KSAT video here)

Or with a mangy coyote, perhaps.

UPDATE: The story goes national on the Yahoo Buzz Log.

Jerry Ayer, owner of Blanco Taxidermy School, has possession of the mythical beast's body. According to CNN, the animal was discovered by one of Ayer's students. The student had "placed catch an unidentified animal that had gotten into a family member's barn." Little did the student know the animal in question was (maybe) the chupacabra.

In the video from CNN (which is pretty gross, so beware), Ayer shows off some of the unusual features of the animal, including abnormally long legs and teeth. It looks a bit like the world's ugliest (and meanest) dog.

Yes, just a bit.


Dave said...

Should I wait for a web page to get the Blanco Chupacabras T-Shirt?

Sabra said...

Oh man, Dave, I'd so buy one of those!

But yeah, it looks like a coyote. Even more so than the last "chupacabra" did. Besides, doesn't the real chupacabra fly? None of these supposed goat suckers have wings. I was always taught as a child that it flew...

Albatross said...

Dave, you need to capture that one that was roaming your neighborhood. Then you can gloat over the people in Blanco and Cuero by saying you have a live chupacabra. You can even let the local middle school adopt it as their mascot, and maybe you can let them use it at their football games for a nominal fee, like, say free chocolate when it's band fundraising time.

Sabra, I always thought the defining characteristic of chupacabras was spikes along the creature's back. I could be mixing up my cryptids, though.

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