Is there such a thing as a chupacabra? The hairless, long fanged blood-sucking creature? Well a sighting in Jack County has one family believing in the mythical creature and not only did they see the animal but one young woman was bitten by it.
This isn't the first sighting of the alleged creature in the area. This year alone, there have been multiple sightings in Hood county and in Wise county.
However both animals that appeared to look like the chupacabra were later evaluated and identified as a coyote with internal parasites and a hairless raccoon, but for one woman and her family the legend lives on.
Staysha Henderson began her Saturday checking on her grandmothers property, hours later, she was transported to the Jack County Hospital.
"They told me I would have to go through the rabies vaccination," said Henderson.
She says doctors also told her she'd be lucky if rabies is the only problem she had, after she was bitten by this animal.
"I did not know what it was," said Henderson.
The skinny malnourished, grey creature that Staysha & her family believe is a chupacabra was lurking inside a camper, but when Staysha first saw it she thought it was a thirsty dog.
"So we reached over to give it a bowl of water when we did the dog didn't take it so I reached in a little bit closer," she said.
That's when Staysha says it snatched her hand and bit her, sending her and her family in a frenzy.
"She's gonna die. She's gonna die," said Donna Tolmasoff, her mother-in-law who witnessed the incident. "Then she started spitting up blood and she says call 911, call 911 again. Where are they," said Tolmasoff.
So they shot the creature Now it's off to a laboratory for testing to see what it really is, but for Staysha and her family it fits the description of the mythical chupacabra.
"It had scabs all over it. Absolutely no meat, bones were sticking out everywhere, it was just a horrible huge animal. It had big white teeth," said Henderson.
"It has no hair except for a little tiny patch on it's head," said Tolmasoff.
The memory of the unusual animal will always remain in Staysha's mind and she even has a few words of advice for the unbelievers.
"Be careful you never know what's out there," said Henderson.
The animal was so unusual that the Jack County Sheriff's Office and State Troopers didn't even want it so Staysha and her family packed up the animal and took it to their home in Olney where police later transported it to the veterinarian hospital. It has now been sent off for further testing.