Chupacabra scat


At exactly 7:28 p.m., the chupacabra wakes up. Dinner time. His scabrous coat is mottled, small scars crossing large ones. His right front canine is missing. He scratches, lifts and pees on the cowhide near the thorn bush that covers his den. That’s all that’s left of that cow, the large white spots stained now and comfortable as worn slippers. The chupacabra has one torn ear. His name is Earlio. He is the earliest chupacabra in the bosque this summer.  He has a yen for squidbird, which are rare and small but good in the plentiful months of summer. The biologist who watches him, who takes samples of his scat, cannot identify the squidbird feathers. They are, like the chupacabra himself, not in the books. And yet Earlio lives on a diet of mulberries, mice, crickets and squidbirds, as the biologist knows. His notes read “species unknown” whenever he describes the squidbird remains that he sees in Earlios leavings. The biologist, whose name is Dun, believes that Earlio is a coyote, and that there is no such thing as a squidbird or a chupacabra. The biologist perhaps suffers from a lack of information and a lack of faith. The evidence of his eyes argues with the evidence of his training and leaves only a question mark and a notebook and a small plastic bag of chupacabra poop labeled May 30, 2012.

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