Someone visiting my site sent this:
“Hi. My name is Chuck. I ran across your web post while researching chupacabras. I’ve attached some photos of what I believe to be a chupacabra that was in my yard about a month ago. I live in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. It looks allot like the animal you have posted. I’d really appreciate hearing back from you. Thanks!”
I sent the photos to some experts at my local University asking if they think this is a Coyote with mange or some other animal. I’ll let you know. What a trip to see this in your back yard:
For more on this topic, read my Chupacabra article which describes multiple eyewitness sightings (of probably a very different creature) in California.
UPDATE 11:00AM, 8/7/06: A University of California professor of Wildlife Ecology has now seen the pictures and I’m awaiting a reply. Also, Chuck responded to my request for more details:
… I live in Mclean VA on Georgetown Pike in a pretty wooded area 1.2 miles west of the Capital Beltway (495). The Potomac River is about 7 tenths of a mile from my house. I see a lot of deer and an occasional raccoon or fox. About six weeks ago (about mid afternoon) I looked out the window and saw this animal lying in the yard. The first two pictures were taken from inside the house out the window. Then I went outside to get more pictures of it. You can see that there is a deer in the first few shots as well. As I came around the house, the animal saw me as I continued to take pictures.
At this point I thought it looked like a dog. As I got closer it got up and started trotting away, it wasn’t running very fast. As it went out of site, I ran around to the other side of the house to catch it coming around the back yard which is where I got the good shot if it from the side. I was probably about 20 feet away from it as it went by, it didn’t look at me as it went by and it was just sort of trotting, not running real fast.
I thought its back legs seemed oddly shaped and seemed to kick up high behind it as it trotted. I’ve attached a few more pictures I don’t believe I sent previously, before he got up and started trotting away. That would be great if you could try to identify it, and if you do, please let me know! Meanwhile, I’ll keep my camera ready in case it decides to return! Let me know if I can provide any more information.
PS. … it seemed to have in injured back leg and was sort of limping. It definitely didn’t look like a healthy animal.
UPDATE: 7:30 PM, 8/7/06: The professor I emailed let me know that an animal like this was actually captured. He says, “If this ( http://www.local6.com/news/3604803/detail.html ) is your animal, then it’s a red fox with mange.”