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A legendary creature known as a chupacabra may have been caught on camera prowling around a zoo.
The image was shot at the menagerie in Amarillo, US, with city officials now keen to find out more, and whether it was indeed a chupacabra.
The mysterious beast is well known in folklore in parts of the Americas, with the vampire-esque entity said to drink the blood of animals after attacking them, especially sheep and goats.
The first mention of a chupacabra came in 1995 when eight sheep were found dead in Puerto Rico, each with three puncture wounds in the chest and all drained of blood.
Various animal mutilations have been blamed on the beast since then, with the odd eye-witness having claimed they laid eyes on the creature.
And now evidence may finally have come to light of the elusive critter’s existence… although the grainy image may well also depict someone in fancy dress, a man wearing a fancy hat, or even some kind of 'real' animal.
But one thing’s for certain, the city of Amarillo are desperate to discover what the zoo snapped on its CCTV cameras, skulking around inside a perimeter fence at 1.25am on May 21, and are appealing for the public’s help.
They asked: “Is it a person with a strange hat who likes to walk at night? A chupacabra? Do you have any ideas of what this UAO – Unidentified Amarillo Object – could be?”
Zoo staff spotted the strange picture when they were going through images taken by their security cameras and they have no idea what the creature was.
Twitter has been awash with possible explanations, with one saying: “It’s just a homeless guy with a bunch of weird clothes on”
“Looks like someone in a fur suit to me,” added another.
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A more plausible explanation came from an interested viewer, who said: “My guess would be a coyote jumping the fence rotated a bit right of being directly facing the camera. It’s probably blurry compared to the surrounds due to the speed of the coyote mid jump and the low light/exposure time the camera has.”
Others were more sceptical, with one cynic writing: “What camera took this picture and why is it even there for that small section of fence? Has something happened at that section of fence that caused them to specifically put a camera there, or was this a staged photo for publicity?”
Michael Kashuba, director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Amarillo, told News Channel 10: “We’d love to hear feedback from the community on what they think it might be. It’s a very unique picture, and we’re excited to see what the community thinks. The photo is absolutely real.”
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