Crowds gather to see chupacabra

Sonny Long

Oct. 31, 2008 at 5:31 a.m.

CUERO - They gathered 10 deep and gawked. There it was, behind the glass door of a cooler: the head of the chupacabra. The display at Cuero's Turkeyfest drew hundreds of interested observers for five hours on Saturday afternoon. The reactions were mostly universal about the as-of-yet-unidentified animal killed by a car in July near the property of Phylis Canion south of Cuero.

"It's pretty scary, but pretty cool," said Joseph Pena, a 13-year-old from Victoria. Addison Hunnam of Cuero agreed.

"I thought it was really scary. I was expecting it to look like a coyote, but it does look like something definitely different," she said.

Texas State University has had DNA from the animal since late July and earlier this week requested another sample to conduct additional testing.

"It's pretty weird looking. I can't wait to see what the (DNA results) finally come up with," said Laura Weiser of Victoria, who had made her way through the line to see the beast.

Canion told the crowd that Discovery Kids Channel is coming down next week to spend three days on the ranch. "They are going to camp kids out on our ranch and do a special on the chupacabra," she said.

The story has drawn international interest, and Canion has sold thousands of T-shirts emblazoned with "2007 Summer of the Chupacabra."



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