At long last one of the world mythical creatures have been caught! Finally, we can see what a myth really looks like. Sort of. Well, maybe not.
Just a few hours ago the news started flying around the web that the legendary Chupacabra has been caught and was being held at a taxidermy school in Texas. Mike Krumboltz reports on Yahoo Buzz that;
- The beast is now dead, but news of its capture near Blanco, Texas, inspired Bigfoot-sized searches. Lookups on “Chupacabra” surged a whopping 571%, and related queries on “what does Chupacabra mean” also roared. (For the record, its rough translation is “goat sucker.”) The find also inspired renewed interest in the equally notorious Montauk Monster.
There’s a video at CNN that can be found here. I watched it a couple of times. Looks like some kind of wild dog to me. My first thoughts were a greyhound or a Weimeramer, or something along those lines. Kind of hard to tell with it all curled up like that. Especially since I’m not a dog man. Besides, there are a lot of weird looking dogs out there. Take a gander at this Chinese Crested dog here! See what I mean?
Of course, Maine has its share of strange critters as well. Remember the Turner Beast from a couple of years ago? And we have some real weird stuff too. You should see the spider I almost put my hand on while on a shoot a couple of weeks ago. Holy Cow that thing was huge. Its leg span was as wide as my hand span! Of course there is also the elusive Bigfoot, which I have mentioned before here. The Indians have legends as well, such as Pomoola and the Windigo. Which may actually be a bigfoot, by the way. Tons of ghosts and goblins, specter ships like the Dead Ship of Harpswell.
But it goes to show that myth can have powers over and above reality. And sometimes that power can be deadly. While we usually know in the back of our mind that many of these stories are nothing more than old wives tales meant to scare the kiddies into going to bed early, every now and again a tale surfaces that could lead us down the wrong path. And that’s where we go wrong when researching any issue for the truth. We listen to the exciting lore and get caught by the lure. Sometimes the hook gets set and we believe the tall tale.
Ghost stories abound, but how many of them can be verified by actual physical evidence? Not a single one, actually. Sure, there are lots of photographs, but photographs can be a tricky thing. Sometimes they pick up things that we don’t see until the films developed. And because we didn’t see them at the time the photo was taken, we consider them to be spectral in origin. Or maybe there is an aberration in the film or developing process that gives us a surprise. None of these things are real evidence. They are merely presumed to be evidence.
The Chupacabra is supposed to be a vicious legend with a voracious appetite. If this were true, how come more people don’t have sightings? Because legends exist in the mind of the beholder, that’s why. We see a Bigfoot, Chupacabra or other legend because that is what we want to see. Do these creatures exist? Maybe they do. Until we have caught one and put it up for display, we’ll never know, will we? There are some people looking for Bigfoot in Maine, just as in many other states. They’re not having much luck, and that is no surprise. If you want to find something, you have to look for what is there. When you have found all that is there, whatever is left is fiction.
So, unless the goal is to keep finding fiction, then these people will have to look for what is there. There is something that is not what we usually expect to find in the woods of Maine, but what it is I cannot and will not say. And the secrets are there that tell where to find whatever it is, they only have to look in the places where it is. The trail goes round and round, so it is an easy trail to follow. I have followed it part way, and someday soon will follow it again. What will I find along the trail? We shall see.