Ratcliffe, TX (KAVU/DISCOVERY CHANNEL/CNN) – Deep in the backwoods of south Texas, you never know what could be lurking around the corner – or in your tree.
In Ratcliffe, a small town in DeWitt County, residents are certain they’ve found the mythical, despicable Chupacabra. And this time, it’s alive. Jackie Stock says her husband caught the creature Sunday night.
“He called me to come and look, and I said, ‘The looks like a baby Chupacabra,'” Jackie Stock said.
With its hairless back claws, countless teeth and ferocious growl, many would say this animal fits the bill.
“You know, I hunted raccoons for twenty years with dogs and all that, and I’ve never seen anything that looks like that right there,” Arlen Parma said.
Parma says one of the big signs it’s not a raccoon is its growl.
“A raccoon don’t make that noise, or a possum. What makes that noise? I guess a Chupacabra does, I don’t know,” Parma said.
In DeWitt County, most people are convinced this is the elusive Chupacabra. But what do wildlife experts have to say?
“The animal in the cage, as best I can tell from the view, is some form of small canine,” Brent Ortego, Texas Parks & Wildlife said.
Brent Ortego, a biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife, says a canine can include a coyote, dog or even a fox. He says the animal most likely has mange, which has caused it to lose its hair. As for a Chupacabra? Well, he thinks otherwise.
“It’s never been proven to be a unique species. It was always something out there that allegedly would cause harm or threaten to cause harm to people or livestock,” Ortego said.
Chupacabra or not, the little guy is staying at the Stock household and living off a diet of cat food and corn – at least until someone can find out what it really is.
“We’ve never seen anything like that on our place before,” Stock said.