Just as I was beginning to lose hope that we would get a good unidentified ‘monster’ story this summer, along comes this one!
When Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials received a picture of the roadkill from Alexandria, Minn., this week, it wasn’t clear what it was.
Lacey Ilse said she was driving near her home on County Road 86, south of Alexandria, when she spotted the mysterious mammal.
“We saw something in the middle of the road, and we knew it wasn’t a dog or a cat, because it didn’t have hair. It had a clump of hair and all the rest was just white skin,” Ilse said.”it’s ear was all mis-shaped. To me, it looked like half-human.”
Ilse said she soon posted pictures of the animal on Facebook, and rumors and speculation took off.
“It just shot out like wildfire. everybody was putting it on their Facebook pages. And then, their friends were putting it on their pages,” she said.
The mystery animal was ghostly white and hairless, its neck bloated out of proportion with the rest of its limp body.
There were five front toes with long nails, so it most likely wasn’t a dog. Several employees, working off the picture, concluded it was a badger.
“If you look at the picture, it is weird-looking,” said Jason Abraham, a fur-bearer specialist with the DNR. “If there were four or five of these found on the road, we might have a bit more interest.”
“The head suggests a canine, very likely a domestic dog,” Abraham said. “However, the right front foot appears to have five toes, which is not typical for canines. Also, the long toenails are not typical for an active canine.”
The badger, assuming that’s what it was, probably lost its hair during the decomposition process, Abraham said. The animal most likely lived in Minnesota, although the species is more commonly found in Wisconsin.
Folks in Alexandria Wednesday had their own ideas.
“First guess was a badger with like, a case of mange. But then, some other people were saying, like a chupacabra. and after looking at some pictures, I was like, ‘you know, it’s possible,” Jones said.
“It kinda looks like a 10-year-old wolf,” Austin Becker of Alexandria said.
“Almost looks like a pig, with paws? I don’t know, or a wolf,” Kaitlin Van Horn of Morris said.
In 2006, residents of the North Shore were perplexed by a hairless animal roaming the woods. It turned out to be a timberwolf with mange.
Is there a strange creature lurking in the wilds of Wisconson, or is it merely the usual media labeling common ill animals as ‘chupacabra’?
Residents in southeastern Wisconsin have recently been reporting sightings of a nocturnal creature invading their back yards. This photo was snapped by a woman as the creature sat in her back yard on its hind legs eating crab apples.
The photo was sent to the The Wildlife in Need Center where a spokeswomen said that while it “may point to the existence of the elusive and legendary El Chupacabra residing in southeastern Wisconsin” it most likely is “a gray or red fox with Sarcoptic Mange, caused by an infestation of mites.”
Many people were quick to label this creature a Chupacabra, but it has also been noted that this is not the first time kangaroo-like creatures have been reported in Waukesha County.
The Philippines is home to a large variety of mythological creatures such as the Aswang, which we have discussed previously on our sister site Strange News Daily Blog. There is however a creature from their mythology which may just be real – just not in the way you would think. It is often called the Chupacabra of the Philippines.
The Sigbin (or Sigben), or Amamayong (in Eastern Visayas), is a creature feared by children in particular. This strange monster is said to walk backwards with its head lowered between its hind legs.
Its face is meant to resemble a goat without horns but with large ears. These ears can clap together, much like a pair of human hands. It also possesses a long tail which it uses sometimes as a whip. The Sigbin, it is said, has a distinct nauseating odour which is immediately noticeable. It can also become invisible.
The creature is only active during Holy Week (the last week of Lent and the week before Easter) when it comes out of its lair in search of childrens hearts. It collects these hearts and turns them into amulets.
Sigbin’s are also known for killing people or sucking their blood, much like the legendary chupacabra. Unlike the chupacabra though, they are said to be able to suck the blood by merely sucking at your shadow!
According to themyth, there are certain families who own a Sigbin. These are called Sigbinan. They keep the Sigbin in jars made of clay and have power of those in their care. The Aswang are also said to keep these creatures as pets.
The Sigbin is said to bring luck, wealth and good fortune to those who possess them. This has often led the common people to believe that successful businessmen come from such a family, hence their wealth and success.
The Sigbin not only kill people by biting them, or sucking their blood, but spend a lot of time eating charcoal or paper. In some cases they are known to eat pumpkins or squash and are often reported in fields of these.
Legends also say that if you walk in front of a Sigbin, you will be fine. It is only when you walk behind them that you are in mortal danger.
Now here is where it gets interesting.
It is surmised that the Sigbin legend may be based on actual sightings of a cryptid creature related to the kangaroo.
Recently there have been sightings of a rare cat-fox on the island of Borneo. This species has back legs which are substantially longer than the front legs. This may give the impression of it ‘looking through its back legs’.
Others have speculated that the creature may be one related to the Thylocene, Tasmanian Toger.
Some say that the sigbin is a spiritual animal with no physical form, which could be the reason for the varying or conflicting descriptions
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This week a number of things have bugged me about the way the media reports on paranormal issues. I am not talking about the usual pooh-poohing of UFO reports, which I have to admit seem to have got a bit better recently, I am talking about how they hype things that are blatantly NOT paranormal.
The first gripe I have is over the Chupacabra reports. Over the past couple of years, the media has covered reports of ‘chupacabras’, usually in Texas. They have covered sightings, dead bodies and autopsies. But the blatantly obvious problem is that the creatures they report as ‘chupacabras’ are not! Here is an example reported just these past few weeks.
The creatures that the media portray as ‘chupacabras’ are also known as ‘blue dogs’ which is a lot closer to reality. They are often dogs with severe mange, or dog / coyote hybrids, which account for their odd features. This is established fact by DNA testing of the remains of these creatures once shot or discovered dead. These dogs have absolutely nothing in common with what the ‘real’ reported chupacabra looks and behaves like.
The result of this sensationalistic reporting in the media is just hurting the true investigations into the REAL cryptid. As a result of this reporting, people see ALL chupacabra stories as merely ‘dog stories’.
Another example of this is the persistent reporting on ‘ghosts’ caught on camera. Just today was another such report in the Daily Mail.
The problem is that once a reasonable person views the footage, it becomes blatantly clear that the ‘ghost’ is nothing more than an errant moth who happened to be flying close to the lens. Why the media persists in reporting these as ‘ghosts’ is anyone’s guess.
In both instances, the media doing a great deal of damage to credibility of real paranormal activity and investigations into that activity. When normal people see these blatantly inaccurate reports being labelled as ‘paranormal’, they are more inclined to be skeptical with any other footage shown to them – regardless of how good or bad it is.
This kind of reporting also adds evidence to the arsenal of the skeptics who will quickly use these reports as evidence that all paranormal activity is merely explained away by every day events. For those of us in the paranormal field who have seen, either by the other excellent evidence out there or through our own experience, know that not all things can be so easily explained away and dismissed. But good luck convincing these people of it.
In recent years, we have seen an increase in reports of the paranormal due to the increased interest amongst people at large. It is unfortunate that this interest is being dashed by the inaccurate and shoddy reporting by the mainstream media, and yes also some paranormal alternative media too!
It would not surprise me if the media started reporting that large raccoons with skin diseases were in fact Bigfoot!