Another chupacabra in South Texas?

Sonny Long

Sept. 2, 2009 at 4:02 a.m.
Updated Oct. 29, 2009 at 5:29 a.m.

Phylis Canion thinks her "chupacabra" may have a relative in Blanco.

"The body looks the same. It has the teeth that are so big, the long legs, no hair," Canion said after viewing a video of the animal killed this week in Rosenberg and being preserved by a Blanco taxidermist.

After watching the video, first aired on KSAT 12 television in San Antonio and later picked up by CNN, Canion called Jerry Ayer of Blanco Taxidermy School.

"It was great to get his input since he is a taxidermist and deals with all kinds of animals. We had a long conversation," Canion said.

Canion gained international attention beginning in 2007 when an animal killed near her ranch in DeWitt County did not fit the description of a normal coyote and she dubbed it a chupacabra. 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.A crew from the National Geographic Channel was at Canion's ranch at the end of July and plans to air a program before the end of the year, she said.

Canion said that Ayer's animal presents a problem, though.

"It's a female and it can't be tested for the Y chromosome," she said. "The Y chromosome is where we discovered that mine was part Mexican wolf."

In the KSAT report, Ayer said that the animal was found by one of his students in Rosenberg. It had gotten into a relative's barn and they put out some poison, he said.

"I don't know what to call it. I'll just call it a chupacabra, too," said Ayer, a taxidermist for 10 years. "It will make an interesting mount, a conversation piece."Ayer said once he mounts the chupacabra he plans to donate it to a local museum.



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