La science aurait découvert la vérité derrière le légendaire chupacabra, ce monstre sud-américain qui s'attaque aux animaux de ferme. Il s'agirait en fait de coyotes atteints d'une terrible maladie de peau:
In almost all these cases, the monsters have turned out to be coyotes suffering from very severe cases of mange, a painful, potentially fatal skin disease that can cause the animals' hair to fall out and skin to shrivel, among other symptoms.
For some scientists, this explanation for supposed chupacabras is sufficient. "I don't think we need to look any further or to think that there's yet some other explanation for these observations," said Barry OConnor, a University of Michigan entomologist who has studied Sarcoptes scabiei, the parasite that causes mange.
Likewise, wildlife-disease specialist Kevin Keel has seen images of an alleged chupacabra corpse and clearly recognized it as a coyote, but said he could imagine how others might not. "It still looks like a coyote, just a really sorry excuse for a coyote," said Keel, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia.
(...) Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, agreed that many chupacabra sightings—especially the more recent ones—could be explained away as appearances by mangy coyotes, dogs, and coyote-dog hybrids, or coydogs. "It's certainly a good explanation," Coleman said, "but it doesn't mean it explains the whole legend." For example, the more than 200 original chupacabra reports from Puerto Rico in 1995 described a decidedly uncanine creature.
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