Chupacabras Captured

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:50am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 12:26am

Mysterious animal trapped outside of Maryland hospital.

Workers at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center have adopted a mythical creature as their new mascot.

The creature has been spotted in the woods where smokers take breaks since the hospital banned smoking June 1, but no one knows what the animal is, so they've named it Prince Chupa, after the chupacabras - the legendary cryptid rumored to exist in parts of the Americas and suck the blood of livestock.

"It's a kangaroo, dog, rat mixed," X-ray technician Joe Livermore said. "It's got a rat tail and a head like a deer. I don't know what it is."

People started taking cell phone pictures of the animal and showing them around, but no one knows what it is.

"So we decided to trap it," Livermore said.

On Thursday, Livermore lured the animal with chicken and leftover Chinese food and caged it briefly to get a closer look.

"I didn't know what to do with him," Livermore said. "I didn't know what it was. People said it was a fox, a deer, a dog."

After some close-ups, the animal was released.

Those pictures haven't led to a confirmation of species yet, either.

Those who've been around Prince Chupa said it's shy, not aggressive and suspect there might be more than one.
 

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I have known Joe for about 30 years and I trust his instincts on things like this. I sent him the link, and asked him what it was, he emailed back right away that it was a fox. He is an expert on mammals, and I knew he would know what it was. Mark W. Schreader

As it wslked away, I do believe I saw a tuft of white hair on the tip of its tail. If it had elliptical pupils, and a dental formula of INCISORS (3/3), CANINES (1/1), PREMOLARS (4/4), and MOLARS (2/3), then it is only a red fox with mange. J.A.LANKALIS

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