Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr. Karl Shuker recently came across this mummified baby chupacabra photo while browsing the web. According to websites discussing the image, this supposed infant was discovered under an abandoned barn in a small village in Chiapas, Mexico back in 2007. DNA results from the creature's fur and tissue samples did not match any known animal. Is this the real deal or another Mexican hoax?
The reality, of course, is very different. Even a brief examination of the well-preserved specimen is enough to confirm that it is a gaff, i.e. a fake taxiderm specimen composed of body parts from various different species deftly combined together. The principal component appeared to be a baby mammalian carnivore, almost certainly a raccoon Procyon lotor, judging from its dentition, shape of its paws, and general body and facial conformation. The spines inserted upon its head resembled claws.Check out Dr. Shuker's blog for the full breakdown of this baby chupacabra: http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-baby-chupacabra-youre-having-laugh-or.html