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It's a giant jackrabbit

By Sonny Long
Oct. 31, 2008 at 5:31 a.m.


The Chupacabra, abominable snowman or Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are famous mythical creatures. None has been proven to really exist.

But the animal found in DeWitt County, dubbed a coyote with mange, is certainly real, whatever it is. A lot of speculation has been offered as to what it is.

The strange animal is likened to the Chupacabra, a mythical beast, with origins in Mexico that leaves its victims bloodless. Seems this local creature does the same thing to chickens and sheep. Of course, the evidence is circumstantial for this activity.

From the photograph of the beast online at www.theVictoriaAdvocate.com, it looks like a cross between a greyhound and a … what?

Coyotes' legs aren't that short in the front. These wild dogs seem to have a fairly even look in a standing position. In fact most dogs, are pretty level: front legs about the same length as the back legs. One opinion we've heard is that the animal is a pig crossed with a coyote. Also, we heard other weird combinations but won't mention them here.

Maybe Texas A&M, which got a sample of the DNA, can determine what the animal really is. And National Geographic also has a hand in identifying the animal.

In the meantime, we speculate that the animal is the famous mythical beast most Texans are familiar with, a beast that many have seen on postcards that depict the species saddled by cowboys: the ever-famous giant species of Texas Jack Rabbit (with mange), not to be confused with that other mythical jackalope, which has horns.

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