Mythical Chupacabra or "goat vampire" — does it exist in reality? And if there is, then the victim he or nightmarish villain? These questions attempted to answer a professor at Michigan State University Barry O'Connor (Barry O'Connor), quite a serious entomologist, having a bunch of jewels and publications.
First started talking about the Chupacabra in 1975, when in Puerto Rico fell a completely bloodless dead goat with bite marks. Subsequently, these findings began to appear in other Latin American countries, as well as in the U.S., and soon Chupacabra (Que chupa las cabras — "the one who sucks goats") became the subject of many myths.
Scabies is doing something terrible to animals
However, soon began to find dead animals suspected of chupakabrizme — it was horrible-looking, hairless creature the size of a large dog. According to Barry O'Connor, all of which were coyotes with acute form of scabies. And the real culprits were not for them, and the small eight-legged creatures that turned a healthy wild animal in osatanevshih Chupacabra — a special type of mites, Sarcoptes scabiei.
These mites cause scabies in humans, but for the itch — it's just easily reparable trouble because the man has almost no hair, and mites per person attacking units, at most, one or two dozen. It is the same with pets — O'Connor believes that in a long time co-existence with the man they have developed protection against these mites, scabies, and for them — not to attack.
But with the wild dog tribe — foxes, coyotes, wolves — the situation is more serious. If we are attacked by mites on one of them, then attacked by angry hordes. They are collected in a number of them under the skin, the skin thickens, the follicles are deprived of blood supply, which leads to hair loss and an acute inflammatory process, from which the animal is going crazy and often dies. High mortality rates, according to O'Connor, due to the fact that wild animals failed to develop protection against ticks in the process of evolution, as did their domesticated cousins.
Chupacabras same tendency to attack livestock scientists explain that a sick animal hunts hard nimble hare or deer and goats are easy prey.