National Geographic Channel coming to see Cuero's chupacabra

Sonny Long

May 21, 2009 at 12:21 a.m.
Updated Oct. 29, 2009 at 5:29 a.m.

CUERO - The legend of the Cuero chupacabra is alive and well.

The National Geographic Channel has scheduled a visit to Phylis Canion's DeWitt County ranch to see the beast first hand for a planned special later this year.

A crew from National Geographic is coming on June 22 and plans to stay for 10 days, Canion said. She has been told that the network wants to send tissue samples of the animal to Texas Tech University in Lubbock for study by an expert.

Canion first came across what she dubbed a chupacabra in July 2007.

It had been hit by a vehicle and killed just outside her ranch.

Since that time it has been identified as a coyote crossed with a Mexican wolf and has generated worldwide publicity, including specials on the History Channel and Animal Planet, and has been featured on TRU TV and Most Shocking. The Discovery Channel also plans a special. Media from England, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands have also carried stories on the chupacabra.

Canion continues to get phone calls and e-mails daily about the animal and has sold about 38,000 chupacabra T-shirts.

The merchandise line now includes caps, koozies, signs, charms, pendants, and soon to come, belt buckles.



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