MEXICO – Chupacabra attacks in Mexico has increased on alarming rate this year, according to an annual report released by Mexico’s National Farmer’s Association.
Chupacabra sightings and attacks were low, but now have been increased all-time highs in last two years, the hottest years in the past century, raising the question amongst experts if global warming is not at the heart of the problem.
The total of 12 sheep were killed for every 1,000 births in 2015, alarming numbers acknowledges Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
“Previous governments always dismissed Chupacabra attacks as local folklore and urban legends, we now know that it is a reality and are dedicated to fight this plague that has been decimating our farmer’s sheep herds,” said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, on national television yesterday.
“The fact that global earth temperatures have been linked to record-high number of attacks will only further our determination to combat global warming,” he added.
According to the World Meteorological Organization 2014-15 are the hottest years on record in the past century, and could explain the rising rates of Chupacabra attacks, believe experts.
“Chupacabras are believed to be a cold-blooded species” explains professor of Anthropology at University of Mexico, Julia deSavilla. “Warmer temperatures could help them expand to territories where the climate was not as hospitable before. Other species such as reptiles and insects also have higher reproductive rates under warm temperatures,” she adds.
Gaspar Sanchez, a retired 94-year-old farmer, is one of the only living people to have allegedly killed one of the legendary beasts.
“When I was 13-years old, my father told me to stay up all night and wait to see who was killing our goats,” he told a local reporter. Around 2 o’clock one of our goats was making a screeching sound, I lit up my lantern and saw two green eyes in the distance. So I slowly put my lantern down on the ground and took a shot at it with my rifle” he remembers.
“It then ran towards the river, bleeding, and a villager found its corpse down the river four days later. Scientists from the city came and took the body but we never heard from them again” he recalled, still visibly shaken by the terrifying event.
The Chupacabra (translated as “goat sucker”) is rumored to be a nocturnal carnivorous creature. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. No specimens have ever officially been captured, but hundreds of eyewitnesses have reported encountering the creature. Sightings in northern Mexico and the southern United States have been verified.