A biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said Tuesday morning that the alleged Runaway Bay chupacabra is a hairless raccoon, the Wise County Messenger reports.
The chupacabra (Spanish translation: goat sucker), is a "mythical" animal that preys on goats and other livestock in the dark of night. Wildlife biologist Jennifer Barrow told the paper that "the feet, skull and dental formation all matched a raccoon."
Barrow didn't speculate as to how the animal lost its hair, since it did not appear to have the mange. She said the raccoon is simply “an anomaly.”
According to a previous story in the Wise County Messenger, a local veterinarian couldn't identify the balding, funky-snouted looking beast.
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With unexplained chupacabra sightings becoming less and less rare, folks in Runaway Bay, and elsewhere, may not be so quick to accept the biologists findings.
The four-legged creature now believed to be a raccoon was found on a golf course over the weekend.
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NBCDFW's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.