Monday, June 15, 2009

Head to Head With a Chupa!

Most of you who read this blog have, I'm sure, heard the dark tales of the so-called "Texas Chupacabras" - those weird, hairless canines that have been seen roaming the woods of the Lone Star State for the last few years.

Well, as you may also know, over the course of the last few years, I have made several trips to Puerto Rico looking for the island's very own vampire - which, in some ways, resembles the Texas Chupacabras; but that in other ways is acutely different.

Anyway, that thorny and controversial issue aside, in the latter part of last year I gave a lecture for the San Antonio chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). And who should come along to the lecture? None other than MUFON legend, and former head of the group, Walt Andrus.

But, there's more...

Walt brought along with him to my presentation nothing less than the skull of one of the hairless whatsits killed in Texas, and that many believe to be a cousin of the blood-sucking beast of Puerto Rico. The skull had been donated to Walt by its former owner.

And, there's even more!

Imagine my surprise when, a week or so ago, John Schwab (who currently runs the San Antonio MUFON group) emailed me to say that Walt wished to donate the skull to me - a skull that has just now arrived at my Arlington, Texas home.

Mercifully, I suspect the mailman had no idea at all of the monstrous form that he was depositing on my doorstep...

So, now, thanks to Walt, John, Julie and all at SA MUFON, an honest-to-goodness Texas Chupacabras (or hairless dog, depending on your own, personal opinion...) sits proudly upon my office desk. And, as evidence, here is a photo of the monstrous critter taken earlier this evening (I'm on the left; the monstrous critter is on the right...).

My wife, Dana, utterly hates it already...

:)

10 comments:

Terry Groff said...

Well I see at least one of you is smiling :-)

Nick Redfern said...

Terry

LOL, it's not cool to smile!

Raven's Mysterious Haven said...

you should name it Skully . he he he

Great pic,Nick! ; )

Ken Gerhard said...

Darn Nick! I'm jealous! Walt had promised to give that to me! Oh well, it will be more fun to go find my own anyway.
^v^

Nick Redfern said...

Skully....GROAN!!...LOL

Nick Redfern said...

Ken

Ooops...Don't worry: we'll find more - I guarantee!!

Loren Coleman said...

Post a side view, please, to be certain, but it does look like a canid skull, alright. Some poor dog, no doubt.

This photo is a worthy replacement for that image of you with the fake skull without the cap, humm?

Nick Redfern said...

Loren

Yes, it most assuredly is canid - there's absolutely no doubt about that.

My view on the "Texas Chupacabras" is that they are all Canid.

And, I don't think they have any connection with whatever the Puerto Rican Chupacabras may or may not be - aside from the fact that the name has been used to describe the Texas animals.

But, although the skull is indeed canid, it definitely did come from one of those hairless dogs killed in Texas (if memory serves me right - Ken may recall better than me - it was one of those featured on a TV show or several); so in that respect it is a "Texas Chupacabras," even though I don't think they are out-of-the-ordinary animals - they just lack hair and look weird.

Raven's Mysterious Haven said...

Ken,dont forget to call soon! Ive got some stuff to go over with you before mid-July!

Raven's Mysterious Haven said...

LOL @ Nick groaning at my name suggestion for the skull.