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The Elmendorf Beast

There's a genuine cryptozoological mystery deep in the heart of Texas. A rancher in Elmendorf, Texas, shot a strange animal that ate 35 of his chickens in a single day. Scientists who have examined the creature's body have not been able to identify it. The Elmendorf beast is a strange, hairless dog-looking creature with a blue-gray color and strangely-shaped teeth. Macanally says, "First thing that came to my mind, is surely everybody's gonna think this is a Chupacabra. But it's so odd because it has no hair." One woman who saw a photo of it says it's exactly how her grandmother described the Chupacabras she saw.

When the rancher took the skull to experts at the San Antonio Zoo, biologists could not identify it. The zoo's Terry DeRosa thinks "It may be one of the hairless dogs that perhaps you see in Mexico." Mexican hairless dogs are generally much smaller. This animal is believed to have weighed around twenty pounds. Some experts who have observed photos of the corpse feel that the animal was afflicted by sarcoptic mange, and had not originally been hairless. This expert says, "I believe that this animal's condition represents some sort of unrecognized environmental catastrophe. Other small predators with sarcoptic mange have been observed elsewhere in the country recently. It needs urgent study."

The condition of the Elmendorf Beast's jaw is not a result of disease process. John Gramieri, the San Antonio Zoo's Mammal Curator thinks it's a mix between a dog and acoyote - a coydog - with very strange teeth. He says, "It's clearly a member of the dog family, a family candidate. Forwhatever reason, this animal had a very poor fusion in the [jaw area] - so it allowed that lower jaw to spread in a way that is not normal for any mammal, actually. It apparently had some very bad skin ailment, and that skin ailment made it go bald except for the top of its body." Gramieri, as well as area ranchers, believes that there are more of the creatures out there. Area ranchers believe that they are breeding.

The jaw structure is not a deformity in the usual sense because it is symmetrical. It is not a mammalian jaw at all, but appears more akin to the jaw of a reptile. There is nothing in the genetic code of the mammal that would enablea jaw structure such as this. This raises the possibility that intentional genetic manipulation, or a highly unusual natural mutation, has been involved in the emergence of this species. The rancher says, "I want this one to be a new species - or at least something that somebody has never seen in a cross between two different ones."

A mystery animal identical to the Elmendorf Beast has been found in Lufkin, Texas, approximately 300 miles northeast of Elmendorf, where the first animal was shot in May. Photographs of both animals make it clear that they are virtually identical. At this time, it is known that the animal is canine, but no species has yet been identified. It is apparently not a wolf, coyote, or any known breed of dog, unless the animal has some sort of bizarre and profound disease. It is not an exotic creature like a thylacine, an Australian marsupial wolf. It has also been speculated that the animal might be a muntjac, a small deer species. But the muntjac has hooves, not claws, and does not have a long tail. Another creature that has been brought up is a rare Peruvian dog, the Peruvian Inca Orchid, which has a similar tail.

According to Stacy Womack, who has more than 20 years of experience in the veterinary field, "It's not a dog." Womack was called to photograph the animal, and help identify it. As she was arriving at the scene, a live animal, just like the one that had been discovered dead, crossed the road in front of a car.

Like the Elemendorf Beast, the animal did not bleed upon being shot. It, also, appeared to be in a state of necrosis, although it had just died. Both animal's skin is blue-gray and appears to be covered with mange. The creature has a pronounced overbite and four enormous caninines. San Antonio Zoo biologist Terry DeRosa speculated that "It may be one of the hairless dogs that perhaps you see in Mexico." However, at twenty pounds or more, it is much larger than the Perropelon mexicano, the Mexican hairless, which comes in miniature and standard sizes. In addition, the exaggerated canines and extremely long claws are not characteristic of any known breed of dog.

The Lufkin animal was shot and killed after going under a house. The family dog was terrified of it and would not go under the house with it. The homeowner shot the animal and dragged it out with a rope. Upon observing the animal a short time later, Womak says, "It was so necrotic, the tissue was just rotted." The animal's ear crumbled when touched. In addition, there are reports of similar animals, also hairless, being seen in a number of other states, including California and possibly Maryland. Texas biologists have stated that the strange animals located in Lufkin and Elmendorf, Texas earlier this year were coyotes with mange. They did no DNA studies of the animals, and made no effort, beyond looking at some photographs, to determine why, if they are coyotes, the disease they have has altered the configuration of their skulls.

In fact, the animals have a disease more profound than mange, if they are coyotes, because their skeletons have been altered, most particularly the lower jaws, which appear to have incisors that are far larger than those in any canid, or, in fact, any known mammal. This could be because of bone loss in the jaws that is making the teeth appear larger. The lower jaws are so short that the animal would have trouble eating, suggesting that it is a deformity caused by disease. But what disease? No form of mange causes bone loss, and that lack of bleeding from the animals when they were shot suggests a profound systemic illness of some kind.

The DNA from the animal in Elmendorf had deteriorated due to exposure to light, heat or radiation. It could only be confirmed that it was a canid. Unless DNA can be obtained from another animal, the study cannot be continued. In the meantime, animals in this same condition have been found three hundred miles apart in Texas, and one has been located in Maryland.

The Elmendorf beast is back, and this time it's healthy and attacking people and animals in California. These odd animals, apparent mixes between coyotes and dogs, created a sensation when two of them were shot in Texas. Dismissed as mere oddities, the fact that they were suffering from unusual diseases that might represent some sort of environmental problem was ignored. Blanca E. Sanchez writes in the Daily Bulletin that a wild animal that seems to be a coyote-dog mix, is leaping six foot fences and killing pets in Chino, California. The creature resembles a coyote but is about 20 pounds heavier. People are afraid to leave their dogs - and even their children - in their back yards.

It attacks in the daytime, unlike actual coyotes, and has already killed several dogs. One man says, "My back wall is 6 1/2 feet." Despite this, the creature was able to jump the fence and kill his dog Molly, a Cairn Terrier. Another resident says the beast has jumped his fence and attacked his pets twice, in broad daylight. DNA samples from one of the Elmendorf beasts killed in Texas was sent to a nationally known testing laboratory. There were conflicting reports. The first report said the material could not be tested because it was damaged by heat radiation, but said the animal was canine. The second report, which made no mention of the first one, said it was a coyote. A biologist at the SanAntonio zoo who examined the skull said it had an unknown configuration and witnesses who saw the beast insisted it wasn't a coyote. There is testimony from the witnesses who saw - and killed - the Elmendorf Beast in Texas.

Odd things are often discovered in ordinary places. The mysterious Elmendorf Beast, last seen Texas, has been captured in China. It was trapped by hunters after they heard rumors of a "strange hairless bear" roaming the countryside. The April 5th edition of the Telegraph quotes hunter Lu Chin as saying, "It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn't have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo." They plan to do DNA tests on the creature in order to try to identify it.

A strange creature that has been seen across the United States for ten years. Now it has been observed in Maryland. Is it some sort of a hybrid? Is it something created by the Chinese? The animal was trapped by hospital workers and then released. So far, no DNA studies have been done to determine what, exactly, these animals are. Unfortunate media references to "chupacabras" have made scientists wary of doing such studies.

When it was attempted to get DNA from the carcass of such a creature found in Elmendorf, Texas studied, at first the researchers called to tell us that the DNA was not from a known animal. Months later, we were sent a report saying that it was from a coyote. The skeleton was compared to a coyote's, and was found to be completely different. We concluded that the lab had sent a false report to avoid controversy. Meanwhile, the species appears to be becoming more common, as sighting reports are increasing. It appears to be a harmless animal, in no way related to any mythological or folkloric "goat sucker." Until proper DNA studies are carried out, its true nature will remain unknown. 

Times are tough in Texas. First, there was the Elmendorf Beast, a hairless coyote-like animal found dead in Elmendorf, Texas. A biologist who examined it said that its head was not that of a coyote. Another observer thought that its bone structure had been distorted by disease, and that it was indeed a coyote with sarcoptic mange. It was also determined that it was not the carcass of a Xolo, a rare type of Mexican hairless dog.

Whatever it was, they are now running in packs in Texas. In the Austin Statesman, Benjamin Wermund quotes local resident Rick Cumptson, who has seen these critters twice in a field outside his store, as saying, "We don't know what it is. I'd never even heard of chupacabra until about two weeks ago. I started looking, trying to figure out what the hell these were. "There was an adult and a teen just behind our building just about two weeks ago. Me and a helper saw them about 7:15 in the morning. They hightailed it back up the street into the woods."

Cumptson managed to take some pictures of the creatures. He says, "They were just hanging out there in the field. It looked like they maybe had just had breakfast and were out there playing around." Austin's animal control department recently received a report about the animals. Wermund quotes police captain Mike Harmon as saying, "The report was either a mangy looking coyote or someone called it a chupacabra."

But Cumptson doesn't think that's what it is. Wermund quotes him as saying, "I don't think it's possible. I've seen coyotes and I've seen this -- two of them within 25 feet -- (and) their head is nowhere similar to a coyote at all. Their ears are different, their eyes are different. I just can't believe that. My guess is it's some kind of a cross-breed."



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