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by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Internet.
Photo: CBS News

Jack and Linda Crabtree of Texas set off an internet frenzy over a photo they sent to their local newspaper, along with a joke that they had spotted a genuine chupacabra.

For those of you who may not know,  El Chupacabra (or “goat sucker”) is a mythical creature that has often been blamed for the deaths of livestock who show up with their blood drained. But is it real?

There’s no proof in this photo, at least. Jack Crabtree later told The Facts.com, “It was a spoof or practical joke…I really didn’t believe it.” What they jokingly told a local paper, was reported as a real sighting, and turned into a viral news story!

Sorry to any chupacabra believers who may be reading. The animal in this photo is thought by most to be a sick wolf or coyote who has lost its hair due to mange or other disease.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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