By Nick Enoch
Last updated at 10:10 AM on 7th March 2012
They call it the ‘goatsucker’ or ‘devil dog’ – and maybe, just maybe, this is the proof that the world has been waiting for.
With its sun-bleached skin, giant fangs and blond mohawk, could this strange creature that was found on a beach in San Diego really be the legendary chupacabra?
The picture was taken by Josh Menard, a 19-year-old snowboarder from Lake Tahoe – and he is convinced it is the mutant hellbeast.
According to Josh, the animal is about 2ft long and ‘had the body shape of a pig – kind of a fat stomach, middle area. And the canines were just ridiculously large.’
WHAT IS THE CHUPACABRA?
Scientists have speculated that the creatures could be coyotes infected by parasites after one animal was discovered last July following a fatal attack on livestock.
The first reported sighting was in 1995, when eight sheep were found dead in Puerto Rico with identical puncture wounds to the chest and completely drained of blood.
Their mysterious deaths supposedly spawned the legend of the chupacabra in Latin America.
Months later, the creature was allegedly spotted in Canóvanas, where as many as 150 animals had been killed.
Since then, there have been attacks allegedly carried out by the creature across South and Central America, and even into New Mexico and Texas.
Legend has it that the Latin American monster attacks livestock, usually goats, and drinks their blood.
The name itself is derived from the Spanish ‘chupar’ (‘to suck’) and ‘cabra’ (‘goat’).
Descriptions of them vary from reptilian with spikes or quills on its back to hairless dogs with fangs and claws.
Josh said: ‘I didn’t know if it was some creature from around here. I’m from Massachusetts and I don’t see s**t like that ever.
‘My friends were like no, I’ve never seen anything like that and were pretty tripped up about it. I thought it was pretty funny and kind of mysterious.’
And sure enough, the images he took do tick all the chupacabra boxes: the hind legs are longer than its front ones; mainly hairless; and it looks very bizarre.
Locals are calling it the ‘San Diego Demonoid’ – with other names being bandied around including, the ‘San Diego Rave Hog’, ‘Johnny Rotten’ and just plain ‘Diego’.
Sceptics out there may well just be calling it ‘Boiled Dog’.
Meanwhile, earlier this week…
When farmers in Mexico found 35 of their sheep slaughtered with significant claw and tooth marks around their necks yesterday, they had one creature to blame – the legendary chupacabra.
One man tending to the sheep overnight in the small Mexican town of Paracuaro said he saw animals with sharp fangs and wings kill the livestock.
However, there were also horses and pigs in the enclosure, which were found uninjured in the morning, Mexico’s Biario ABC reported.
One sheep had blood around its neck, but there appeared to be little damage on the remaining animals.
Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum on Portland, Maine said it hardly looked like a vicious animal attack.
‘The bodies do not show a great deal of mutilation,’ he said.
‘Anything mysterious in Mexico is unfortunately labelled as “chupacabras”.’
He noted that the rest of the sheep appeared to have little to no injuries.
Last summer, a strange animal that looked like a mix between a dog, a kangaroo, and a rodent was captured in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Hospital workers spotted the creature while outside on smoking breaks and saw it running around the woods.
They lured it into a trap and snapped photos, but eventually released the creature back into the wild.