Chile: Chupacabras Attacks in Lota

Translation (C) 2003 Scott Corrales

DATE: Monday, August 18, 2003


***Strange prints, dead birds and weird creature seen in Lota***

by Enrique Peña

There was a blackout that night. It was a Wednesday and the labor union had called for a national workers' strike. The protests were violent in Lota, but all was calm at Poblacion Idahue. Suddenly there was a noise: it was around midnight and someone was prowling around the house of Samuel Bustos.

This announcer for Radio El Carbón looked out his rear door. His 10 year old son shined a flashlight. They took some steps and the boy focused the beam on a white duck, which was frightened by his presence. Bustos' wife Alicia raised six of these animals.

"Maluco", the neighbors' dog, was excited and barked ceaslessly; Samuel and his son went into the house and fell asleep. But at 3 in the morning there was another commotion: there was no doubt that a prowler lurked outside in the backyard. Curiously, the ducks did not make any noise. "At around 11 in the morning I went out to feed them and I found them dead, " recalls little Samuel Antonio. The boy saw three of them. Another two were in a hard-to-reach corner. A third was agonizing in the bushes along the Idahue creek, which crosses the backyard of Samuel Bustos' house.

"They had two small perforations marked on their throats. I'm sure that this was not the work of a dog, much less that of a human," said Bustos. Prints resembling those of a dog were found in the mud, but it is clearly evident that these are larger. Samuel Bustos' neighbor approached him to say that early last Tuesday, they found four of her ducks dead. The birds showed the same wounds.

Esteban Hidalgo, one of Samuel's neighbors, claims having seen from his window a black crature, one meter tall, crouching among the plants.

Mystery increased when Jorge Bello, who lives in front of the Federico Schwager Stadium in Coronel, phoned Bustos to tell him that Friday afternoon he and his wife had seen an odd "bird" flying over the houses. It looked like a bat, but was much larger.

No one claims it's the Chupacabras, but no one dismisses the possibility either.

Translation (C) 2003 Scott Corrales
Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)
Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi

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