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2004, July: The Elmendorf Beast

Elmendorf Beast        In July 2004, a strange animal was killed near Elmendorf, Texas, in the United States, by rancher Devin McAnally as it ate mulberries; he was convinced the animal had been stealing his chickens. Dubbed the “Elmendorf Beast,” pictures of the body show a hairless, dog-like animal, with oddly long teeth, claws, snout, and hind legs. Newspapers and TV reports quickly equated this animal with the legendary “chupacabras” of Puerto Rico to help sell the story, and is largely the reason mystery canids in Texas have come to be called chupacabras.