Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

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Monday, October 19, 2009

"Monster" at Valdés Peninsula


chupacabras at Valdes Peninsula
Roberto Gómez, a country man of the south and his strange finding.
Five more photographs Here.
Copyright © 2007 MDZ Diario de Mendoza.[1] Photograph: Maxi Jonas.

Below I quote and translate the main part of the article published in MDZ Diario de Mendoza Online on November 6, 2008.

The article mentions a "Chupacabras" corpse that appeared at Valdés Peninsula (42°29'S, 63°54'W). Map of the area Here, where the Peninsula can be seen immediately above Golfo Nuevo.

Several fishermen in the northeastern region of Chubut [province] had reported about attacks from a "Chupacabras", a strante being -some say is like a humanoid- that feeds on the blood of cows, sheep, goats, and even horses; and that -they say- when is very hungry is capable of attacking a human being.
The people are shaken by this finding.
The animal, which seems to be a mutation of a lamb but with feline fur and one unique and enormous eye in its forehead, and with the appearance of a "pup", turned up dead yesterday morning on an estancia [cattle ranch] on the Peninsula. It was found immediately by Roberto Gómez, a neighbor [...] he skinned it to keep it from decomposing and took it to town.
The remains were taken to the laboratory of the Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT) [...] for analysis.[1]

In my opinion it is a malformed lamb or kid. Just a practical joke for the media.

Cyclops (one eyed) sheep are not uncommon and the defect can be caused by a poison contained in certain plants. For instance in the U.S., corn lilies have a substance named cyclopamine that stunts developing lamb embryos causing them to be born with only one eye. [2]


[1] Diario Mendoza. Aparece un "monstruo" en Península Valdés. 06.11.2008
[2] Forbes. Technology. The Curious Case of The One-Eyed Sheep. 28.11.2005

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