… Have I mentioned lately how hard it is to get adjusted to living in a rural area? There’s the being so secluded no one can hear your screams freaky, the unpredictable and hostile animals freaky, and the monsters in the woods freaky. And don’t get me started on the insects! But this weekend added a whole new level to the freakiness that is my everyday life.
I saw a Chupacrabra Friday night. At least that is what everyone is telling me I saw. Or maybe it was a mountain lion… in this very non-mountainous region just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Oooo, I know. It was a coyote with mange… that was the slightly larger than a standard great dane or mastiff. No, the consensus seems to be that what I saw was the mythical creature, chupacrabra. Illegally crossing the border from South America, no doubt.
I’ll tell you what I saw and you can decide.
Friday evening, right around midnight, my son & I were walking home from a neighbor’s house. Family game night got a little competitive and everyone lost track of time. Now we live in a fairly rural area so I will contend that it was dark outside. But not that dark. The night was clear and the moon bright enough so that we didn’t need a flash light. And then we saw it…
It jumped out of the shadows and made a dash across the yard. It was a very large black thing that looked like a giant dog. It was definitely not a deer judging from it’s gait. Once we spotted each other from across the yard it gave two quick bark like growls as a warning. When it saw we weren’t moving away the chupacabre thing ran toward us growling like a dog & hissing like a cat. Then proceeded right passed us towards the fence where it bounded over the barrier and ran off down the hill on TWO LEGS. And no, I had not been drinking.
After poking around online trying to find a natural explanation, the closest thing I found was a baby black bear with mange. No other animal makes sense. A coyote is too small and mountain lions aren’t in this region. Bears though. We have those occasionally. A small bear fits the size description and could run off on two legs. So yeah. I’m going with mangy bear.
Bear it is. Because any of the other alternatives are too frightening and would require the services of a priest and gallon of holy water.