Throwback Thursday: Inbred Exotic Pets and the Chupacabra

One of McKee's photos of the purported Chupacabra.

One of McKee's photos of the purported Chupacabra.

In 2014 a man in Houston, Texas, claimed that he had seen the elusive Chupacabra, and he had proof.  Scott Black said he had spotted the Chupacabra near Buffalo Bayou in the Memorial area, and that his neighbor, David Mckee, had taken several photos of the creature from his backyard in their gated community.

"It had big, long, pointy ears. Long tail, had no fur," said Black, "but on its skin you could see splotches of gray and splotches of raw skin."

Black's sighting was the third reported in 11 days, although he claimed he'd seen the animal four times before, all from his own back door.

Houston news station Local 2 brought in animal expert Claude Griffin to assess the evidence.  Griffin said that while the animal may seem to be a coyote to the untrained eye, the creature's physical characteristics actually appear to be a possible combination of several canine species; including a coyote, a domesticated dog breed, and a dingo.  He explained that the combination likely comes from the higher number of exotic pet owners in the Houston area.

"People are actually inbreeding the animals and letting them go, and actually going out there and claiming that they're catching them," said Griffin. "So they are practicing the perfection of inbreeding."

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