- Source - El Centro July 6, 2004
- PARRAL (Esteban Leal) - Fear
and incredulity will increase even more in Parral when this news becomes
known. Specialists of the Legal Medical Service (SML) concluded yesterday
that what attacked peasant Juan Roberto Acuña Pereira on Sunday
morning was an animal, but belonging to an unknown species. The resident
claimshaving been attacked that fateful night by two beings resembling
dogs, but winged and with demonic strength. This was the incredible result
reached by the analyses performed by forensic doctors of Cauquenes upon
the wounds suffered by the Parral resident on his arms, chest and legs,
and which were the subject of local and national media headlines yesterday,
including EL CENTRO newspaper.
- The oral report was received last night by the district
attorney in charge of the case, Ricardo Encina. The official reported that
"the injuries inflicted upon the Parral resident are compatible with
those caused by an animal, without specifying what type. We are trying
to deterime if there is involvement by some person, but if animals are
involved we cannot continue our research, since that would fall to other
specialists," admitting that he is faced with a very complex case.
- Encina looked into the case afer Acuña reached
the Reina Luisa Carabineros (state police) station in a state of terror
on Sunday, reporting that two "winged dogs" -- one large, one
small -- had attacked him on his way home. SUch was their strength that
the shocked peasant had to jump into a nearby canal (Canal Fiscal) to escape
from his attackers.
- The description of the unknown animals coincides with
the one delivered Friday by a resident of the town of Buenos Aires, who
claims having seen two flying creatures taking off when he went out to
investigate why his dog was howling disconsolately, coming across dozens
of chickens torn to shreds.
- Encina acknowledged that the tests did not included the
risk of possible infections, for which reason the victim's biological processes
will have to be monitored, adding that only a doctor will be able to ascertain
the peasant's condition.
- DIARIO EL CENTRO visited the man's home last night in
an effort to find out his reaction to the doctor's report, but Acuña
refused, saying he was tired of so many visits by the media and interviews.
He added that some journalists urged him to fly to Santiago de Chile for
tests, and he refused. In spite of this, he said that the experts suggested
to him the possibility that the attack had been perpetrated by a mountain
lion, which he flatly rejected, insisting in the "winged dog"
- The sense of mystery and fear has increased among Parral's
citizenry and puts to rest the series of jokes that circulatd on Sunday
and yesterday, when the fantastic events became widely known.
- A cab passenger says that he reached the local train
station at 9 o'clock at night. He hailed a cab to go home and remarked
to his driver that the streets were desolate. The cabbie replied that people
were scared of having "The Chupacabras" appear before them, alluding
to the mythical creature usually blamed for animal deaths and exsanguinations.
- There were those who associated this attack with the
nervousness seen in recent nights among dogs, hens and geese in Parral.
- A homeowner said that she felt a commotion in her henhouse
and found it odd, since at that time of night the hens were asleep. Scared,
she took a flashlight to see what was going on. She thought to talk to
a neighbor, but thought twice about it because she was afraid of being
laughed out. The Parral resident claims having heard "the chupacabras"
- Another resident added that yesterday morning the geese
were also restless. The fact occured near Canal Fiscal, where Acuña
was attacked on Saturday night. He pointed out that he heard two shots
fired, which he attributed to someone trying to scare off the alleged animal.
The subject couldn't even be obviated in the courts. Court Attorney Roman
Lazagy joked with D.A. Ricardo Encina, saying: "If you're in charge
of this investigation, I don't give you more than 7 days to apprehend the
Chupacabras", causing peals of laughter in the courtoom.
- Translation (c) 2004. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
- Special thanks to Liliana Núnez O.