The legendary beast, the chupacabra, means “goat-sucker.” Why the odd name?

Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil. Weird creatures with weird names. The chupacabra, Spanish for “goat sucker,” is in good company.

A rancher and a sheriff in Fort Hood, Texas, made headlines this week when they found and killed an odd, “real ugly” beast. Animal experts will analyze the carcass to determine what exactly it is, but the two men are convinced they have bonafide evidence of the legendary chupacabra.

Chupar is Spanish “to suck” and cabra is “goat.” The curious name stems from the first reported sighting, 1995 in Puerto Rico. Sheep were reportedly entirely drained of blood, with puncture marks on each victim. Later, 150 pets and farm animals were allegedly found dead in similar fashion in one Puerto Rican town.

Puerto Rican celebrity Silverio Pérez apparently coined the name. Descriptions of the creature are vaguely reptilian, and some say that it hops like a kangaroo. Less exotic accounts compare it to a funny-looking canine.

The past decade has been a busy one for the purported cross between a vampire and a pooch. Sightings are frequent, especially in the Southwestern United States, but witnesses claim encounters across North, South and Latin America, even in Russia. The buzz around the monster makes it one of the most sensational subjects for the field of cryptozoology, “the study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved.”

Cryptozoologists pursue more than just monsters; serious investigators pursue living specimens of creatures thought to be extinct. One actual example is the okapi, “an African mammal, closely related to and resembling the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.” So take heart, fans of fantastic fauna; the most plausible candidate for the Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur, an aquatic dinosaur that was once very real (and scary.)

Studies from Y.H. Kim et al provide new data on aerospace and defense.(Report) in our site barrel roll google

Defense & Aerospace Week November 17, 2010 According to recent research published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, “In this paper, we propose a guidance synthesis method for enhancing anti-ship missiles’ survivability against ship-borne CIWS (close-in weapon system). Using CEALM (coevolutionary augmented Lagrangian method), a direct optimization technique, an optimal control problem to minimize time-varying weighted sum of the inverse of aiming errors of CIWS is solved.” “The optimal evasive trajectory exhibits sinusoidal acceleration commands, which results in barrel-roll type evasive maneuvers. Inspired by the optimization results, a 3-dimensional biased proportional navigation guidance (PNG) law to induce a barrel-roll maneuver during the homing phase is proposed. Capturability of the proposed guidance law is proved by using the Lyapunov stability theory. A proper choice of the barrel-roll direction also guarantees that the missile altitude can be made lower bounded,” wrote Y.H. Kim and colleagues. here barrel roll google

The researchers concluded: “Performance of the proposed guidance laws is compared with conventional PNG via simulations.” Kim and colleagues published their study in IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (Guidance Synthesis for Evasive Maneuver of Anti-Ship Missiles Against Close-In Weapon Systems. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 2010;46(3):1376-1388).

For additional information, contact Y.H. Kim, 373-1 Kusong Dong, Taejon 305701, South Korea.

The publisher’s contact information for the journal IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems is: IEEE-Institute Electrical Electronics Engineers Inc., 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855-4141, USA.


  1. angel_of_knowledge -  December 15, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    The world is a strange and fascinating place it would not surprise me if any of these creatures were real.

    • Robert A Rogers -  December 2, 2015 - 4:03 am

      short video on BBC shots of goat sucker running up road pursued by texas , police highway patrol on news night BBC

  2. doors -  November 30, 2010 - 1:35 pm

    I agree with piggy

  3. PigletSqueals -  November 30, 2010 - 9:03 am

    If i ever saw a chupacabra eating a goat, I would hang it by it’s nipples.

  4. Belinda -  July 20, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Have you considered the bunyip to add to the collection of unidentified horrors lurking in the depths of nature?

  5. Bygoner -  July 16, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Cross between Cullen and Underdog whooooo! Shut up.

  6. BLEEP | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  July 15, 2010 - 4:36 pm

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  7. Debbie -  July 15, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    It was very sad to see the “monster” that had been killed. The photo looked like a Mexican Hairless dog; unusual, but certainly not a monster.

  8. Alan Turner -  July 15, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Americans love America and rightly so. Next they love a mystery and here is one to make their minds boggle.


  9. The Word Guy -  July 15, 2010 - 11:53 am

    Don’t forget to add “tatzelwurm” to your list of cryptozoological wonders: A mythical dragon-like 6-foot-long beast living in the Swiss alps. From Middle High German “tatze”=claw + “wurm”=worm.

  10. superambrosio -  July 15, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Gosh!!! What’s up with this whole vampire stuff?
    We had this “chupa-cabra” thing here in Brazil as well, and I never believed it, but (FACT) they never found out what happened to those little sheep…
    hmm, well…

  11. Harold -  July 15, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Well… A vampire and a pooch… What will we get next?


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