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Mythical Southwestern beast? Mere monkey? Police searching for clues

Witness insists he saw ‘chupacabra' in a field on White Plains farm

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009


A citizen insisted the animal was a legendary, blood-sucking creature called a chupacabra, and a subsequent press release said it resembled a monkey.

But nobody really knows what sort of animal a man saw as he was walking through some fields at a White Plains farm Sept. 19, according to Charles County spokeswoman Crystal Hunt.

The maybe-monkey was brownish, about 4 to 5 feet tall and had long, gangly arms when the citizen saw it lying in the field, Hunt said. The animal ran into the woods as the man neared it.

Sheriff's officers and animal control workers went to the field at about 5 p.m., but didn't find any tracks or other signs of the creature.

But next to a nearby barn, several dead kittens were discovered by police, one of which was partially dismembered, according to Hunt.

So, although county residents have not seen hide nor hair of the animal since Sept. 19, the county government issued a press release asking the public to keep an eye out.

"We wanted to err on the side of caution," Hunt said.

Chupacabras — goat-suckers in Spanish — are creatures of legend in Mexico and the American Southwest that are supposed to roam rural areas and attack livestock.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-2222.

brodgers@somdnews.com

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