HOUSTON (CNN/KPRC) — In one Texas community, people say they are concerned about mysterious animal that’s been spotted in the area.
Some are calling it the “chupacabra,” but before you roll your eyes, there may be a legitimate explanation for this mythical animal.
The paw prints along the Buffalo Bayou in the Memorial area reveal that it could be those of the mysterious animal captured in photos snapped last Sunday in the backyard of gated condominiums near Gessner and Dolliver.
It was the third sighting of the animal in just the past 11 days. At least one man is convinced it could be the legendary chupacabra.
“Big, long ,pointy ears, long tail, had no skin, or no fur, but you could see splotches of gray,” said Scott Black.
Black has seen the animal four times, each instance right outside his backdoor. After seeing the photos, a trapper from Ohio visited, then sent back this cage to try to capture it.
Local Animal Control Expert Claude Griffin assessed the situation.
Griffin says while many will pass off the animal as a coyote, the physical characteristics appear to be a possible combination of several canine species from a coyote to domesticated breed to dingo. He’s seen it before in the Houston area, which has a higher number of exotic pet owners than many people realize.
“People are actually inbreeding the animals and letting them go and claiming that they’re catching them,” said Griffin. “They are practicing the perfection of inbreeding.”