Sarcoptes mites are thought to have infested humans for hundreds of thousands of years, but in more recent evolutionary history made the transition to dogs and other similar animals. This could explain why scabies in humans — the minor rash that results from the mites burrowing into our skin — is a relatively trivial affair, whereas in dogs it can cause death.
These animals might not have had long enough to evolve an effective immune response to the mites. But the chupacabras are only half the story. There are also the reports of dead livestock. So what's going on there? The answer, once again, is surprisingly straightforward.
These animals are most likely the victims of ordinary predators, such as dogs or other canids. It is not uncommon for a dog to bite an animal in the neck and then leave it. Quite often the animal will then die from internal haemorrhaging, with no other injuries apart from puncture marks. And while, thanks to Dracula, puncture marks in the neck tend to be associated with vampires, Bill Schutt of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, US, says unequivocally that this is not how real-world blood-sucking creatures actually behave. In fact, if we compare the characteristics of real blood-feeding animals such as vampire bats with those of the chupacabra, there are hardly any similarities.
Vampires, according to Schutt, are small and stealthy, with specialised teeth and digestive systems that allow them to extract nutrients from blood. A creature the size of a dog "would starve to death pretty quickly on a blood meal," he says, owing to the lack of essential components such as fat. Besides the presence of these "tell-tale" bite marks, Radford thinks he knows why worried ranchers might attribute the death of their animals to a blood feeder. Having found a mysterious corpse, they would examine it and perhaps cut into it, expecting blood to spurt out — but they would be surprised.
It's called lividity , and it gives the illusion that they've been drained of blood. So if all the mythology surrounding the chupacabra actually comes down to some fairly commonplace natural phenomena, why do the stories live on with such vehemence today? View image of There have been various descriptions of the chupacabra's appearance.
Bizarrely, Radford says it might have something to do with an anti-US sentiment found across Latin America. This is particularly true in Puerto Rico, which is in the unusual position of being a non-state territory of the US. Most recently, this resentment has played out in the island's ongoing debt crisis.
The original chupacabra had spikes on its back, big eyes… then over the years the idea of what it was became bigger and bigger. As for chupacabras, there are many Puerto Ricans who believe they are another indication of American exploitation and meddling; the result of top secret US scientific experiments taking place in El Yunque rainforest, not far from Tolentino's hometown. This may be one factor, but the spread of such stories can largely be attributed to the internet. Radford points out that the myth has changed rapidly.
Now, people go on Google and search 'mysterious animal attacking things'.
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