Of the famous cryptids, the chupacabra is probably the strangest. But it is also the newest. In fact before 1995, no one had ever actually seen the "goat-sucker". There were reports of something killing farm animals, but nobody had actually laid eyes on one. But did the first eye-witness of the creature lie about what they saw? Furthermore, was the entire thing nothing more than a creation by the recently deceased legendary sci-fi artist H.R. Giger? Well respected skeptic Benjamin Radford believes so.
"HR Giger, famous for creating the Xenomorph in Alien, had designed Sil; the alien has his familiar biomechanical elements grafted onto the body of Natasha Henstridge. And it looks a lot like the chupacabra. Says Radford:
So, just how similar is Sil to the Puerto Rican goatsucker? Well, if Giger were God, his art could have been used as a blueprint for creating the chupacabra. Sketches of the chupacabra’s long, thin fingers and claws appear on page 24; its distinctive spine spikes can be seen on the Species creature on pages 25–29 and throughout the book. In the end, I identified over a dozen morphological similarities. The parallels grow even stronger when we consider Tolentino’s account of the chupacabra’s actions: she described it as hissing – something Sil does in the film – and also leaping fantastic distances with superhuman agility; again, something the Species creature also does.