'Chupacabra' Corpse In
Nicaragua 'Just A Dog'?
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This news article deals with the public's reaction to the alleged Chupacabras remains found in Nicaragua.
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Chupacabras - A Source Of Controversy And Pilgrimage
By Marianela Flores Vergara El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua
* Polemics in Leon over the "chupacabras" * Pentecostals see biblical omens * Bishop Vivas discards any notions of diabolism * Some citizens upset by use of morgue*
The possible death of the Chupacabras is international news -- to the extent that a news crew from the Miami USA based "Ocurrio Asi" television program went to Leon to offer permanent coverage to the strange event. The photo shows a reporter from said program standing outside the National Autonomous University in that city (photo credit: Oscar Cantarero.
The alleged arrival of the Chupacabras to the lands of Malpaisillo and the population's belief that it is a divine message to mankind has been the source of varying opinons among members of religious groups. Meanwhile, Francisco Ortiz, in charge of the pentecostal assembly in Leon -- CEPAD -- believes that we should not isolate incidents like the case involving the sheep slayer from Biblical prophecy, while the Bishop of the Leon Diocese, Msr. Bosco Maria Vivas Robelo, believes that the relationship to any demonic entity or the end of the world should be dismissed.
"Its a warning sign, [much like] a traffic light that's on yellow but could turn red--a sign for men and women to return to God because we've forgotten about him," stated Rev. Ortiz, quoting the scriptural passage from the book of Daniel which states that in the last days there will be phenomena that will cause astonishment among men.
The pentecostal leader stated that scientific progress has brought mankind tremendous benefits, but it is also capable of causing great harm, such as in the case of cloning, which "contradicts God's mandate." "Knowledge shall increase greatly, and men shall run to and fro, but not even in the stars will they be saved, state the Scriptures, and this is precisely what we're witnessing right now."
In the meantime, Msr. Bosco Maria Vivas does not believe that [the creature] is the product of genetic engineering, admitting his scant knowledge on the subject of the alleged Chupacabras. "I haven't studied the matter in depth since I haven't given it much credibility, but it if indeed is a strange creature, as the say, the Church may be prompted to take action...but not just yet."
-- The Preliminary Report --
Two days of studying the famous specimen have elapsed in the Department of Morphology at UNAN-Leon since [the creature's] discovery in Tolapa. According to a preliminary report, no characteristic that discloses any type of extraordinary trait has been found.
"The anatomic detail sheds no anomalous infomation. We see a complete bone structure, a well-formed spinal column resembling that of a canine, and from what we have ascertained, it isn't a hematophagous or blood sucking animal, " reported Dr. Pedrarias Davila, a biologist and member of the forensic team. The commission will wait until later today to hold a press conference with the final report on their findings. The question that arises among members of the public is whether it can be definitively proven that the remains are not those of the culprit in deaths of over a hundred sheep, then...where is the predator who deprived a number of families in Tolapa of their livelihood?
-- Three Species Capable of Sucking Blood --
Biologist Davila explained that Nicaragua's wildlife features three hematophagous bat species which can draw blood from cattle, horses and even humans. However, he noted that none of them kill their victim, but rather try to keep it alive through the injection of an anticoagulant agent.
As a result of the controversial manifestation of the Chupacabras, he has been in contact with colleagues from various Central American and South American countries, who agree that the Mesoamerican fauna does not feature a species similar to the one described by witnesses, and with the ability to kill so many sheep, although the specialist refrained from venturing any opinions on the possibility of genetic experiments taking place within the country or arriving from other countries.
One veterinarian disclosed that in order to cause the death of a sheep, the assailant would have to suck at least a liter and a half of blood, whereas vampire bats can barely extract a quarter of a liter. This leads him to dismiss the possibility that these flying mammals are responsible.
-- The Public Speaks Out on the Tolapa Animal Slayings --
According to Modesta Sanchez Lopez, there is widespread concern among the public that the creature which exsanguinated the Malpasillo sheep may have escaped during some type of experiment. "We don't know if its a mixture of several different types of sperm which led to the creation of a strange animal," she observed.
On the other hand, Marcos Antonio Martinez, a young college student, admitted to having knowledge about the strange entity in other countries by means of the international news, but never imagined that it would appear in Nicaragua to affect the poorest families. He rejected the notion that it could be an evil creature linked to satanic activity, as has been speculated.
The stir caused by the alleged "chupacabras" is to frighten the public in regard to the upcoming elections, distracting them with other subjects, believes Maria Jose Rojas, who refused to specify the political party in question, but she urged people to remain serious and level-headed, since the creature in question only exists in other countries.
Even senior citizens are startled by news of the sheep slayer. Jose Benito Roque, a lottery ticket vendor, claimed to have visted parts of Nicaragua without having ever heard anything about a creature with the characteristics being described.
Specialists at the UNAN-Leon are studying the alleged Chupacabras' remains. It will not be until tomorrow, after a long wait, that the final report will be provided (photo by Oscar Cantarero). Regarding its origin, it has been said that it could have come from Africa or may have escaped from another country's circus. The latent truth in Tolapa and its environs is that one hundred victims died without any explanation, and even thought the specialists' report discloses that the alleged Chupacabras is fake, the sheep killings shall remain an open question, allowing for the possibility of its return to Tolapa or any other part of the country.
-- Lack of Respect Toward the Hospital --
The arrival of the Chupacabras to the hospital's morgue, according to forensic specialist Paulino Medina, constitutes a lack of respect toward the hospital's patients. The building turned into a circus due to the hordes of people who arrived to see the remains.
"It was a mistake to bring it here. It would have been better to take it to the School of Veterinary Medicine or Biology," he stated. Even yesterday, large groups of people--students and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods--eluded the hospital's security detail for a glimpse of the bones in the morgue. Even wheelchair-bound patients and those wearing casts came down by elevator to sate their curiosity.
Defending the presence of the creature's remains at the morgue, the hospital's director, Dr. Manfredo Pentzke Torres, declared that it was the only place in all of Leon where an animal of scientifc interest can be preserved, since aside from being isolated from the hospital [the facility] meets all the requirements. The species was treated with formaldehyde to avoid further decomposition of its dissues, and it was transferred to the department of Morphology to undergo further tests.
Translation (c) 2000. Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU) Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi _____
It Isn't A Chupacabras, Just A "Firulais"
By Juan Rodriguez and Clarisa Altamirano
La Prensa de Nicaragua
Local residents insist that it was a strange creature that fed on the blood of their sheep. Several inhabitants of Malpaisillo and the rancher who shot the animal insist that "The animal found in that rural area is different from a common hound, since its teeth were pink in color, it stood differently and it drained the blood of at least 120 sheep."
"The Chupacabras of Malpaisillo" (Leon) which has caused such interest at the local and international leval after having been shot to death by a rancher, has vanished following the disclosures made by scientists of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua-Leon (UNAN), who opined that the animal discovered was the skeleton of a dog.
"This is our initial impression, that it isn't an unknown animal but merely a dog. Further analysis is still required to reach a final conclusion," said Edmundo Torres, the vicechancellor for research at UNAN-Leon.
The international media--programs such as "Ocurrio Asi" and "Primer Impacto", flooded the country to confirm the find. _____
Translation (c) 2000. Institute of Hispanic Ufology Special Thanks to Gloria Coluchi.

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