If you’re wandering alone in the woods late at night, you might want to keep an eye out for a monster that lurks in the shadows. What is it? El Chupacabra, of course!

El Chupacabra got its name from the Spanish words chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”). This mythical monster supposedly inhabits parts of Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. Believers in El Chupacabra believe the monster acts like a vampire, drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.

What does El Chupacabra look like? That depends upon whom you ask! Some who claim to have seen El Chupacabra say it’s a heavy creature about the size of a small bear with a row of spines along its back. It supposedly hops like a kangaroo and has long fangs! Others claim El Chupacabra is a much smaller wolf-like creature with no hair.

The first alleged sightings of El Chupacabra occurred in Puerto Rico in 1995. In various villages, the creature was reportedly seen attacking various types of livestock, including goats, sheep and other farm animals and pets.

Over time, researchers determined that the eyewitness accounts were unreliable. In fact, the descriptions of El Chupacabra as a creature with spines down its back were taken from a popular science-fiction movie called Species.

Other reports of El Chupacabra sightings occurred in the United States, though. These creatures were described as hairless, wolf-like creatures that attacked livestock.

Researchers believe these sightings of El Chupacabra were actually dogs or coyotes with mange. This means these animals were infected with a parasite called Sarcoptes scabiei. As a result of this infection, these animals would lose their hair, develop thicker skin and smell really bad.

Scientists believe these animals might attack livestock, because they’re no longer able to hunt animals in the wild. Farm animals that are tame and kept in pens or fenced areas are easier targets for the sick predators.

Despite scientists’ findings, rumors of El Chupacabra persist. Why? One reason is that urban legends are popular and fun to pass around. Plus, El Chupacabra is simply fun to say! El Chupacabra will likely live on for many, many years, much like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster continue to fascinate people around the world!

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  1. I do not think this is true because it sounds and has a plot like a legend. Monsters obviously are not true so this monster isn’t and there is nothing to prove it is real especially not the picture because it looks very animated or not real. I do not think this animal or so called monster is anything but a scary urban legend or bed time story frightening children of this monster. Honestly I must say that I think this is a fake tale someone told someone who told someone and on and on and what can I say, that is my belief of El Chupacabra though yours may be different!!

    • WOW, Grace, you have done a great job thinking through the legend of El Chupacabra! We LOVE that you’re Wondering about legends and tales, and you’re doing a great job using context clues to help you decide if it’s real or fake. We are SUPER appreciative of your comment and we cannot wait to Wonder with you again! :)

  2. Hi Wonderoplis
    I would like to know more about the Chupacabra. That’s really interesting I have never heard of the Chupacabra.

    • We think it’s AWESOME that you are looking to learn more about El Chupacabra, Room 12! We Wonder if you can take on an adventure of your own and do some more research online! We hope you have a great time investigating this legend! Thank you for your comment– we LOVE WONDERing with you! :)

  3. Hi Wonderopolis, I don’t believe such animals really exist in the world but as you said they exist in some parts of America I will try to trace about them.

    • Thank you for WONDERing with us, Manoj! Scientists haven’t been able to confirm if El Chupacabra is indeed real, but the legend lives on about the animal! We think it’s AWESOME that you are going to dig even deeper to get the true story about this legendary animal! We are so glad to have you as a Wonder Friend! :)

  4. Hi Wonderopolis ,

    I don’t believe in such animal because I don’t think that there is such thing called a monster. The picture just looked like a black cat very close to a camera or just an animated picture! That is why I don’t believe in this animal or so called monster!!!

    • You have done a great job thinking about all the El Chupacabra stories, Katie. We love that you are WONDERing about the difference between reality and legends, too! Thank you for commenting and joining in the Wonder fun! :)

    • What a great connection you made to the Wonder, Jessica! We Wonder if you believe El Chupacabra or think it’s only a story. Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :)

    • We love when our Wonder Friends communicate with one another– thanks for posting your comment about El Chupacabra, Jeovany! We think it’s GREAT that you are exploring the unknown and legendary tales! We Wonder if there are any other mysterious animals that you’ve discovered? :)

    • Hi there Marla! Thank you for commenting on our Wonder about the legend of El Chupacabra! We cannot wait to hear about what you find while you WONDER on your own! We are very proud of you and all your hard work– you ROCK! Have a WONDERful day! :)

    • It’s certainly a tough call, Amelie! We Wonder if you can do some more WONDERing using your imagination… can you compare and contrast a baby wolf and el chupacabra? :)

    • That is certainly a good reason to believe, Tyler! We Wonder if you have ever seen el chupacabra again? Or was it a one-time sighting? It sounds pretty cool! :)

    • Hey there Charles, thanks for commenting today! We’re glad you could add yet another piece of information to our Wonder about El Chupacabra! We hope you have a SUPER day! :)

    • Hi there Dyana, thanks for sharing your comment with us today! We’re glad you liked learning about El Chupacabra– it’s pretty cool to think about! We Wonder if you can do some more research of your own and find out some more information– perhaps there has been an El Chupacabra sighting in your area! :)

  5. You know this was on a show I was watching it looked like an Irish wolf, these are awesome… but I hope I never encounter one!

    • WOW, we hope you don’t encounter El Chupacabra either, Willow! We bet the show you were watching was VERY interesting– we like your connection to the Irish wolf, too! Hope you have a WONDER-filled day! :)

    • Hi there, Dyana! We’re glad you’re back to Wonder with us again! We can’t wait to hear about what you find! We think El Chupacabra is fascinating… we look forward to WONDERing with you again! :)

  6. This is my FAVORITE ALL-TIME STORY!!! I have a potropica account, and there is an island that is called Cryptids Island. They have El Chaparcabra there. Your mission? CATCH HIM!!!

  7. Hi when I watch that video and read this article it makes me too feel that I don’t want to go to the woods anymore and I learned a lot about this animal thanks for telling me see you soon. :)

    • We aren’t sure if El Chupacabra is real, Monkey Geek, but we sure hope that you’re with a friend when you head into the woods! It’s important to stay together and use the buddy system! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend BonQuiqui! We’re so glad you’re WONDERing about El Chupacabra with us today! We don’t think anyone has been able to get their hands on El Chupacabra yet, but when someone does, we can’t wait to find out more about this creature! :)

  8. Hello wonderers! I really enjoyed reading this El Chupacabra story because it got me scared to think he is in the woods! I camp in the woods during the summer!

  9. Hey Wonderoplis! I’ve decided to keep reading about El Chupacabra! I think I am going to get a notebook and fill it with facts about El Chupacabra. Oh and guess what? I gave El Chupacabra a new nickname! El Chaupacabra’s nickname for me to call him is Elly Chupa. Do you like that nickname? Please reply! :D

    • Hey there, Andrew, thanks for telling us all about Jeffrey! How cool! We bet he’s a WONDERful pet! What do you feed him? :)

    • We’re so glad to hear it, Kaylee! Thanks for WONDERing with us about the legend of El Chupacabra! :)

    • Hey there, Madalyn, thanks for WONDERing with us today! We haven’t seen El Chupacabra, but some say they have! We’ll have to keep our eyes open for El Chupacabra, and in the meantime, we’ll keep WONDERing! :)

  10. Thanks wonder friends for replying to my last comment I will have to keep my eye out for the El Chupacabra too!:)

  11. OK wonder friends I have a wonder: what year did you guys put this video on here?
    And I have onother wonder where are my wonder friends at right now are you guys in MI because I live in MI and that would be COOL!!

    • Hey there, Madalyn, thanks for sharing your very own Wonders! We’re so proud of you! It looks like the video about El Chupacabra was filmed in 2010, but we added it to the Wonderopolis site last year! Thanks for asking, Madalyn! :)

      Our Wonder Friends are located everywhere because you can Wonder no matter where you’re located! We hope you and your friends in Michigan have a SUPER weekend together– we can’t wait to hear about what you’re WONDERing about! :)

  12. Sorry I ask you guys a lot where you are located at but I will not ask again because I know that you are located everywhere! ;)

    • That’s quite alright, Madalyn, we are excited that you are using your awesome, curious imagination! Madalyn, do you have a favorite place to Wonder? Some of us enjoy sitting beneath a tree, in a homemade fort, in the car, or even walking home from school. What about you? :)

    • Great question, Harry, but el chupacabra is still a mystery! We don’t know for sure, but we hope you’ll keep WONDERing and researching when el chupacabra came to be! We hope to hear more about what you find! :)

    • Great question, Hunter! We wish there was more information available for el chupacabra, but just like we told Harry, we’re not sure how long it’s been around! Keep WONDERing, and perhaps you can learn more about it! It sure is a mystery! :)

  13. The El Chupacabra was first reported in March 1995. Is there a slight chance we can find one in Virgina? Thank you for answering our questions.

    • WOHOO, thanks for sharing what you learned, Hunter and Harry! You did a great job of WONDERing on your own– perhaps you will spot el chupacabra in Virginia! No one knows for certain, but we hope you’ll let us know if you do find it! :)

  14. You said that the El Chupacabra was like a vampire. Can the El Chupacabra turn other livestock into an El Chupacabra?

    • We aren’t sure about what El Chupacabra does because we still haven’t run into one… but we’ll be sure to let you know how it goes if we ever meet one, Wonder Friends! :)

    • My mum told me that she heard someone shoot a chupacabra. She said that she thinks that it was just a wolf with mange. She also said that it was scrawny, scratched up, patches of fur hanging here and there, it was pretty ugly. I did not see it, sadly. I think that it is a real chupacabra. What do you think?

    • It might be able to open a door with its fangs. After all, it might use them to pick the locks on chicken coops and goat pens to eat them. My mom said it probably could not open it with its fangs. I do not believe her.

      • Thanks for telling us all about your connection to this Wonder, Brenna! We hope we avoid El Chupacabra… it doesn’t sound like fun to run into it! :)

    • Nice work, Justin, Awesome16 and Banana man! We think you all did a SUPER job of WONDERing! Keep your eyes out for el chupacabra! :)

    • Thanks for WONDERing with us, Warrior Princess, Madi, and Maya! What fun to Wonder about this mystical creature known as el chupacabra! Nice work – we hope you’ll let us know if you ever spot one! :)

    • Hi Sarah! While we haven’t seen El Chupacabra in person, we don’t think it’s been found in Spain. Not to worry, we think you’re safe and sound! :)

    • Great question, Caitlin! We’re glad you have been WONDERing about this mysterious creature with us!

      We hope you’ll check out the passage below to answer your question:
      “El Chupacabra got its name from the Spanish words chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”). This mythical monster supposedly inhabits parts of Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. Believers in El Chupacabra believe the monster acts like a vampire, drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.” :)

  15. I thought this was fake, but now I believe it is real. Now I looked at the feet- nothing like any other animal!
    I am soooo freaked out now. That thing is hideous and sooooooo weird looking! I won’t be able to sleep! I didnt know about this thing and I have only heard people at my school saying “hey do you know about el chupacabra?” He is so freaky! Everybody knows him, but still I am going to have that creature thing in my dream and sucking all of my blood out every ounce of blood!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;0

    How did you come up with this video?

    • Thanks for WONDERing with us, Morgan! We sure hope that you aren’t frightened! Think of El Chupacabra as an urban legend or like Bigfoot! Our Wonder friends provide us with some pretty awesome videos that keep us WONDERing! :)

  16. Hey I just wanted to know do YOU believe in el chupacabra yourself? Well me and my brother are just wondering it is pretty creepy that if he’s real or not.

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