The chupacabra, ”goat-sucker”, is a mythological animal that kills goats, sheep and other animals in rural areas. It is said that it first attacks the animals, leaving them injured, and then sucks their brains out leaving a large hole in part of the head.
No more than a week ago in the in the rural communities of Colquepata, province of Paucartambo of the department of Cusco, there was bad news. More than 80 sheep had died with the descriptions of death typical of actions by the chupacabra.
Many people claimed that it was the goat-sucker, others that it was a condenado or, finally, a puma or wolf. But they could not solve the mystery because the sheep were not eaten or disappeared.
The bodies of the dead sheep were found on a large flat ground. In some cases they were still alive, but in agony. One of the villagers examined the sheep and found them to have broken ribs and broken legs.
The authorities banned the consumption of these dead animals’ meat since it might be diseased. It was a terrible misfortune for these people. Through the media, they asked the local government to do something about this problem and also provide support for the people of these communities.
The government sent police officers to help solve the case. After a few days, the news that they had caught the Chupacabra ran through all the media. They had trapped a dog who, according to the police, had been the cause of the sheep’s death along with another dog that had managed to flee.
In the end not everyone agrees. They doubt a single dog could have killed so many sheep in just one night and not have eaten the bodies, only the brains, before fleeing. Until another event like this happens, we remain with the mystery.