A Texas teen claims he shot and killed a chupacabra -- a mythical creature believed to prey on livestock by sucking the blood out of the animals.
According to KSDK, 13-year-old Carter Pope spotted a strange animal walking across a field and ran to get his dad who was also amazed by what he saw. Carter then grabbed his gun and fired three shots, killing the animal.
"It just walked across and started shaking, slowly moving across. No hair on it at all, the back legs were shriveled up, and I honestly think it was a chupacabra," Pope told KSDK.
The chupacabra is a mythical creature that some have dubbed the "Bigfoot of Latin culture," but some wildlife biologists believe it is a sick coyote or other wild animal, rather than the vampire-like monster it's rumored to be, reports KCTV.
Carter and his father collected hair and skin samples from the animal, and will get them tested to see if they have a real-life chupacabra on their hands.
Stories and sightings of the animal have been around for years. Earlier this month, retired wildlife biologist Jack Crabtree and his wife spotted a similar hairless creature wandering by a creek at the back of their house in Lake Jackson, Texas. They took photos and sent them to their local newspaper, jokingly calling it a chupacabra.
Another potential spotting was foiled when testing showed that an animal shot in Nelson County, Kentucky was nothing more than a hairless raccoon.
Whether the animals spotted are raccoons, coyotes, or chupacabras, is it really necessary to shoot the rare creatures?