My favorite part of the report above on “Chupacabras in Texas?” is when the rancher comments that the “chupacabra” he shot was “acting just like a neighbor’s dog.” The reason is pretty simple. It was a neighbor’s dog. It got mange and lost its hair. I think the term for a Texas rancher who can’t recognize a dog is “all hat and no cattle.”
Reporter Grant Stinchfield has just as little right to retain his job title. He concludes the report by insisting: “No one knows for sure if the mysterious creature is the mysterious chupacabra or not.” Of course we do. Chupacabras don’t exist, and the animals in question here are obviously dogs with mange (or maybe a coyote). If he talked to anyone who knows anything about animals or about chupacabra myths – a veterinarian, a dog-owner, a mammalogist, a member of North Texas Skeptics – he could have actually informed viewers, rather than just making himself look like a buffoon.
H/T Carrie Sager.