T-shirt is cool

Sonny Long

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

The hoop-la about the mysterious and unidentified beast found in DeWitt County a couple of weeks ago seemed to disappear into the mythical vapors until it was revived by a clever marketing project: A Chupacabra T-shirt. Phylis Canion, who found the dead beast, apparently killed by some vehicle in the night, was convinced to do a T-shirt by her brother-in-law, David Boyd of Goliad. At first she was reluctant to market the legendary animal, but then she gave in, just as if the beast had some mysterious power to sway her to agree to do the T-shirt.

The T-shirt has a depiction of the beast and the text: 2007/The Summer of the Chupacabra/Cuero, Texas. Canion began with 75 shirts in her Cuero store. They disappeared. She's had to reorder. But then, she has been busy appearing on talk shows in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Albuquerque and El Paso. To say the least, this beast has captured the imagination of a country.

Meanwhile, parts of the beast have been sent off for testing to identify it. Canion said she sent it to Texas State University on July 24. The University of California has requested parts of the beast to do testing, as well. If the tests show that the beast being tested is just a dog, all this fun will fade away. But if the tests come back undetermined, the mystery will be sustained. Regardless of what the tests show, we want one of those T-shirts.

Correction An incorrect phone number was given in Monday's, Aug. 20, editorial on the chupacabra. The correct numbers is 361-275-2015. Also, there is a shipping charge for out of town orders.



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