- This month marks 15 years of the beginning of a wave
of attacks by the so-called Chupacabras - an unfortunate misnomer - on
February 1995 in Puerto Rico. The attacks continued on into the US.
We subsequently received reports from Homestead and Miami in February
1996, followed almost simultaneously by reports from California, Texas
and Mexico, also in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. This
also marks 10 years since the second wave of attacks began in March 2,000
in Calama, Chile, and continued on until the end of 2003.
- These attacks have left a toll of thousands of dead domestic
animals such as chickens, ducks, doves, dogs, cats, goats pigs, and even
cows were attacked by the Chupacabras, living them all without blood...all
removed through a small puncture, usually around the neck of its victims.
Moreover, we received UFO sightings reports before, during and after
the attacks. Also, we registered paranormal phenomena in most of
the attack area.
- In our field investigations we have accumulated: witness
interviews, photos of dead animals, UFO reports, autopsies on animals,
hair samples, plaster molds of the footprints, a tooth, sketch by witnesses,
etc. None of this would have been possible without the help of our
associates in Miami, or without our contacts in Calama: Jaime Ferrer, Arturo
Menay (EPD) who was director of Radio Coya in Maria Elena, Juan Vega director
of the Montessori School, Claudio Castellon, director of the Museum of
Maria Elena and local young people who joined us in our investigation .
- The laboratory analysis, of the collected samples, was
done, first at the Autonomous University of Mexico by Dr. Zoar Gutierrez
and Rodolfo Garrido Cotham, with the help of journalist Daniel Munoz. After
several years, the samples were taken to the University of Granada by UFO
researcher and writer J. J. Benitez.
- We received the final results of a tooth analysis in
December 2, 2009 by the Laboratory of Genetic Identification, Department
of Legal Medicine, it was signed by Professor José Antonio Lorente
Acosta. As a result of a DNA process, it was determined
that the tooth does not belong to any human being, making it compatible
with an animal that could not be genetically defined.
- In conclusion, the Chupacabras is an unknown physical
- The Chupacabra's investigation was not easy. We had
to surmount innumerable obstacles, including assertions by the authorities
in different countries that the attacks were caused by stray dogs or known
predators and the reluctance of some scientists to even analyze samples.
In one case, they wanted to keep the sample because they were surprised
by not being able to identify it, and so on
- If took almost 10 years to receive the latest laboratory
tests, a long wait. We suffer through periods of high...and low...expectations.
It was not easy, but everything worked out in the end.
- We do not think of the work as finished, and we now have
a database which clearly presents the characteristics of an animal as yet
unknown to science. We have a solid guide for future scientific study...and/or
of further attacks.
- Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo
- Miami UFO Center