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Saturday, February 18, 2012



"Is this the chupacabra?" asks the person who posted this picture. "I sincerely doubt it", replies Jon Downes who has been in a bad mood all day. What do you think?


Kandinsky said...

I flagged it to the site-admins.

Hopefully, the dog was already dead before whoever shaved it and took the photo.

David said...

Looks more like a makeup FX prop than a real animal to me.

Carl said...

Are we supposed to believe that this is a deceased Dogman/Werewolf? I to think this "animal" looks far more like some sort of prop rather than a real anomalous creature, or maybe some heavily altered taxidermic construct (the former being the more likely). More legendary Dogman than true Canid though. If this was a completely genuine animal that hadn't been altered in any way, it would have to be assigned to a entirely new taxonomic group distinct from the rest of the Canidae clade. Check out the anthropomorphic opposable thumbs and limbs, which would have to be attached to a pelvis and vertebra completely distinct from the rest of the group and would have to be classed as otherwise. Therefore Dogmen can not bipedal wolf/dogs at all. I personally think this image has hoax written all over it!