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Old 18 August 2007, 06:31 AM
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I came across this picture a few weeks ago (ignore the Chupacabra label )



I showed it to my brother, who said it was some kind of cat that he's seen before. Checking out Wikipedia's list of felines, going down the list of species (although I might have missed some), the closest I found was the Caracal, which would place the picture in the Serengeti.

The source website says, about the supposed picture taker:

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Driving to work she said she would see these creatures in yards and fields. She believes she personally witnessed 5 separate chupacabres. Not all at once, but from the different markings she knew she was seeing more than one. “They looked like a grey hound dog,” Ann said, “but it wasn’t a dog. It wasn’t like anything I have ever seen - and it hopped.”
Does anyone have any idea what the animal in question could be? (If, in fact, it's a real picture)

On a random note, I find the animal's face rather... disturbing, for reasons I can't quite rationalise.


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Old 18 August 2007, 06:35 AM
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Fox. Mange. Yawn.
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Old 18 August 2007, 07:03 AM
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looks like a hairless sphinx to me
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Old 18 August 2007, 07:37 AM
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I think it looks like a greyhound looking forward. They have a very slender face, a bit cat-like when seen from the front. The photo seems rather blown up, so maybe the gritty resolution makes the face look more distorted.
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Old 18 August 2007, 07:43 AM
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I think its half kangaroo and half cat.
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Old 18 August 2007, 12:36 PM
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I think its half kangaroo and half cat.
That was my first thought. Although, I think maybe the body is that of a wallabie with the head of a cat pasted on.
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Old 18 August 2007, 12:53 PM
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looks like a hairless sphinx to me
I thought the same, the only thing that makes me think, not a sphynx, is the neck looks way too long.
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Old 18 August 2007, 02:14 PM
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One of the larger hairless dog breeds with distortion caused by the angle maybe?

Peruvian Hairless Dog?
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Old 18 August 2007, 02:31 PM
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Apologies in advance to Caduceus Fox who asked us to ignore the Chucacabras reference, but looking at the link, isn't a bit extraordinary than Ann the OBGYN nurse managed to spot at least five different Chucacabras's on her routine drive to work, and take 50+ photos, when everyone else who has been actively seeking one has come up with absolutely nothing?

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Old 19 August 2007, 02:22 PM
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Fox. Mange. Yawn.
Fastest fox/ mange reply ever.
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Old 19 August 2007, 03:15 PM
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Given that they're running around wild, they could be mixed-breed dogs or cats, some weird combination that makes them look really unusual - perhaps bred between wild and domestic animals. Maybe with mange.

I suppose it's also possible (but probably also really unlikely given that these pictures were supposedly taken in America) that it's an entirely new species of cat-like animal.

Why does any animal like this get labeled a 'chupacabra'? Have they seen them sucking on goats? Have goats been dying mysteriously in the area? No? Then stop calling it a 'chupacabra', damn it.
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Old 18 August 2007, 12:51 PM
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On a random note, I find the animal's face rather... disturbing, for reasons I can't quite rationalise.
I think it's the Hitler moustache that does it.
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Old 18 August 2007, 08:23 PM
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All articles by Prentiss Findlay, of The [Charleston, SC] Post & Courier, unless noted otherwise.

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Odd animal believed to be rare type of fox

7 August 2006

MOUNT PLEASANT — A mystery animal with a kangaroo-like head, big upright ears and a long rat-like tail has been seen roaming the wooded area near the end of Shem Creek. "I think it might be a Sampson fox. They're fairly rare," said Jay Butfiloski, state Department of Natural Resources furbearer project supervisor.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08073347350.shtml
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'Did you see that?' More folks report rare-fox encounters

8 August 2006

Residents of Givhans, James Island, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley and Hanahan on Monday reported seeing odd-looking creatures that a state wildlife biologist has identified as rare Sampson foxes.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08083347372.shtml
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Way too big to be a fox, woman says

9 August 2006

MOUNT PLEASANT — Ann Concannon wants help identifying the mystery animal she's keeping in a freezer. "I am absolutely obsessed about it. I have thought about it and thought about it," she said.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08093347003.shtml
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State officials to examine animal

10 August 2006

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to examine the unusual foxlike animal that a Mount Pleasant woman has stored in her freezer. Area Wildlife Coordinator Sam Chappelear said Wednesday that he plans to contact Ann Concannon to pick up the animal.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08103328426.shtml
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Weird critter in freezer to undergo genetic tests

12 August 2006

The University of California at Los Angeles wants to perform genetic tests on the mysterious fox-like creature stored in a Mount Pleasant woman's freezer, a College of Charleston official said Friday. "They are very interested in getting a DNA sample," said Jaap Hillenius, a member of the college's Department of Biology. "I'll send the specimen on to them. I think they are the best people to at least get a first crack at it."

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08123339933.shtml
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'I've got a weird animal here,' C of C biologist says

15 August 2006

A College of Charleston scientist on Monday examined the odd-looking, fox-like animal carcass, which had been frozen by a Mount Pleasant woman, in hopes of solving the riddle of the mysterious creatures she has seen in her neighborhood since spring. "I've got a weird animal here," said Dr. Jaap Hillenius, a member of the college's biology department.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08153339999.shtml
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Strange critter a gray fox; Further tests could explain odd features

29 August 2006

Mount Pleasant has been abuzz in recent weeks with talk of a mysterious creature roaming the woods that was so friendly it played with cats, yet so weird-looking it left those who witnessed it feeling unsettled. Since the Mount Pleasant sightings became public, the critter has been reported bounding through the woods in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties. Some said it had sinister eyes. Others said it moved in a magical flash from one spot to another.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch06/0806/arc08293378735.shtml
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Bald fox 'a genetic fluke,' biologist says; C of C professor to present findings at Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

16 February 2007

The latest research results on the weird-looking Shem Creek hairless foxes reported around the area last summer will be presented at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, a College of Charleston biologist said Thursday. Jaap Hillenius, associate professor in the biology department, said a necropsy performed on a dead hairless fox found in a neighborhood off Chuck Dawley Boulevard in Mount Pleasant showed no obvious causes for the fox's hairless condition.

http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch07/0207/arc02164017529.shtml
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Professor identifies mystery creature

Tom Steadman
The [Greensboro, NC] News & Record
21 February 2007

Mystery solved, apparently.

The odd-looking animal spotted in several Piedmont counties last year evidently was a hairless gray fox.

That's the conclusion of Jaap Hillenius. He examined the carcass of a similar animal that had been hit by a car in the Charleston, S.C., area.

[Note the photograph, on the left, of the Mt. Pleasant, SC, beast.]

http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070221/NEWSREC0101/70220055
The National Geographic ran an article on a simliar fox seen near Fuquay-Varina, NC. Take a look at the creature there.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/03/0321_060321_tyco_fox.html
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Old 18 August 2007, 10:27 PM
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Hmmm, might be off, but the OP kinda looks like a Cornish Rex
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Old 18 August 2007, 10:37 PM
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Does the site say it's an infrared picture, or are you just assuming? I thought it was overly red redwood mulch.
Nope, the site actually says it's an infrared picture.
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Old 18 August 2007, 11:52 PM
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I think it's the Hitler moustache that does it.
I thought that too

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Apologies in advance to Caduceus Fox who asked us to ignore the Chucacabras reference, but looking at the link, isn't a bit extraordinary than Ann the OBGYN nurse managed to spot at least five different Chucacabras's on her routine drive to work, and take 50+ photos, when everyone else who has been actively seeking one has come up with absolutely nothing?
I did notice that a lot of sightings of strange animals/monsters/cryptids are done by either OBGYN nurses or gynecologists. Coincidence? I think not...

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I'm going to vote "fox with mange" on this one despite the cliche. For those who are interested, here is a real fox with mange. Red foxes are more prone to it and grey foxes rarely seem to get it. It's quite possible that this is a mixed-breed dog (it's definitely not any registered breed) that appears cat-like because of the angle of the photo. But it's just not completely dog-like and not completely cat-like, which - assuming this picture is indeed from the southern U.S. - leaves only the fox.
I was thinking fox with mange too. Foxes with mange make me sad.

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If you look at the other picture on the source page, it looks even more cat-like -- and not even particularly hairless. And rather badly shopped to resemble an "infrared" picture... which I find difficult to believe, because if the infrared photography turned the grass red... why did it leave the ferns green LOL.
I noticed that too, and it struck me as odd. I thought it was bad 'shopping too.

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The National Geographic ran an article on a simliar fox seen near Fuquay-Varina, NC. Take a look at the creature there.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/03/0321_060321_tyco_fox.html
A-ha! So it's a hairless fox (and why didn't I ever think of searching the news ) No wonder I was drawn to figuring out what it was



-Fox (Now with more hairless genes!)
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Old 19 August 2007, 07:33 AM
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Ha. Worst infrared photo ever!

Umm. That is a strange looking critter, but I'm sure mange or no mange there is a perfectly logical explanation for it.
I sort of agree with whoever said it looks like a mix of some sort of hairless dog. And also the part about it being a bony female who recently gave birth. It does have that sort of look about it.

I like the idea of this woman taking photos of five different chupacabras on her way to work. She has the gift. She should get her own show. The Chupacabra Whisperer. Maybe she is part goat and they're mistaking her for a prey item. Or maybe she's a moron. Or...maybe a little of each.
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Old 19 August 2007, 03:40 PM
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But the DNA from one of these animals has been studied and characterized as belonging to a grey fox.

A photograph provided by the College of Charleston biologist who studied the carcass shows a different view of the head, which now loses its cat-like face and takes on the features of a canid (particularly a fox).

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Old 19 August 2007, 03:48 PM
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The body shape is completely wrong for a felid. The face only looks cat-like because the animal is looking straight at the camera which foreshortens the muzzle. Hairless cats (Sphynx, Peterbald, Donskoy, Kohana etc) have a lot more wrinkles because a cat's skin is comparitively loose.
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Old 19 August 2007, 05:14 PM
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The body shape is completely wrong for a felid. The face only looks cat-like because the animal is looking straight at the camera which foreshortens the muzzle. Hairless cats (Sphynx, Peterbald, Donskoy, Kohana etc) have a lot more wrinkles because a cat's skin is comparitively loose.
Wow, the things you learn on Snopes...
I knew of Cornish and Devon Rex being hairless cats, but Sphinx, Peterbald, Donskoy, Kohana??! I'll be here for minutes looking them up on the 'Net.
Never heard of them. Ah well, it's raining outside, so I'm not going out to weed the garden anyway...
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