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The Legend of El Chupacabra
By Raechelle Sandoval '18
Reports of farm animals and livestock turning up dead, but still completely intact except puncture wounds in their neck arise. The creature being blamed is El Chupacabra, or the Chupacabra. Chupacabra translates to “goat sucker” in Spanish, likely because it most often feeds on goats and chickens. These reports rose quickly in Puerto Rico in 1995. Farmers in Orocovis found eight sheep drained of blood. A 44 -year-old reported being attacked by a gorilla, when Puerto Rico has no gorillas. He was treated for scratches from fighting off the creature, and then soon after chickens and cows were found dead near by, drained of their blood and with similar puncture wounds. A women in Torrecilla Baja found chicken, cat and guinea pigs dead. The cat’s genitals were missing, and the guinea pigs throats were slit. The mayor of Canovanas, Mayor Jose “Chemo” Soto, started a hunt for the creature once the deaths reached hundreds. The search lasted for a year, but the monster was never caught. Attacks soon spread to Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Mexico, Texas, Russia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and other countries. In 2000, Chile underwent their own search, but also came out empty handed.
This is not the first experience with the Chupacabra though. These creatures appeared in Mayan mythology and were called the Camazotz. Camazotz had a lizard or bat-like face, two arms, and a sharp snout that aided it in sucking the blood. The creature was also described to have the ability to turn into statue during the day, and was referred to as the death bat or vampire bat. There are many theories that the Chupacabra is from government experiment, or an alien.
The Chupacabra is described to look two different ways. One is reptilian, with greenish-grey skin, and spines running down it’s back. It is described as being two-three feet tall and bipedal. The second version is dog or coyote like, lacking fur, but still described to have spikes similar to the reptilian version. It is described to have menacing claws and fangs used to draw the blood of its prey.
Some scientists, such as Alison Diesel from Texas A&M University, have said that the Chupacabra is simply dogs with sarcoptic mange, which causes the beastly appearance. This disease is similar to scabies in humans. Benjamin Radford, who studied the Chupacabra for many years attributes the idea of the blood of the animals being drained being a illusion of science. The blood is still there, but because the heart and blood pressure have stopped, lividity has occurred, so the blood has thickened and sunk to the lowest part of the body. This causes there to be no blood drain when the animals are cut open to be examined. This would explain why it seems like the blood has been drained by the beast that killed it.
Today, there are still reports of the beast. Many people claim to catch it, and many kids are raised to the tale of it. Those who truly believe in it are careful of their animals out of fear of the loss of their animals.
Tips for Applying to College
By Lucia Kezele '18
No matter what grade you’re in, college is always something that nags at the back of your head throughout high school. Teachers, parents, family members, etc. are always talking about school after high school and the questions from them seem to be endless. It will always be hard to navigate the college process but hopefully, we can help you out.
First of all, a 4 year college is NOT the only option. There are many options that are available other than just a 4 year institution. The first step is figuring out what is the best fit for you. In my case, I always knew that a 4 year, out-of-state institution was the fit for me. However, many people will not reach their full potential if they choose that route. There are trade schools, junior colleges, community colleges, 4 year in-state institutions, private universities, public universities, all girls and all boys schools, as well as just working right out of high school. For example, someone wanting a degree in sociology would fair better at a 4 year institution than they would a junior college because they can get their full degree and are presented with more opportunities for that field. Adversely, someone that wants to go into construction should look at the idea of a trade school. This is a cheaper option and allows the student to get more hands on experience with their field as well as allows them to meet people that could readily employ them upon graduation.
Before applying to colleges make sure to do your research. The last thing that a student wants is to enter into this new chapter of their life without any idea of what they actually want and then having to deal with a community in which they do not thrive. This is the time when you get to begin experiencing life on your own with nothing holding you back. The last thing you want is to be sheltered within your college experience because you chose the wrong type of institution to study at.
Check back next week for tips on applying to colleges!!
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