C is for Chupacabra


El Chupacabra, or specifically the Puerto Rican Chupacabra, is described on Wikipedia as such: “[a] reptile-like creature, said to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. It is said to be approximately 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a fashion similar to that of a kangaroo”.

The name Chupacabra translates from Spanish as “goat sucker”. Chupar is “to suck”, while cabra is “goat”. The name was given to the mythical folklore creature as it was an animal that fed in the blood of goats and other livestock.

Variations of the Chupacabra myth can be found all over the world. Each different version carries both similarities and slight differences. They all generally feed off livestock, particularly goats. On the other hand, Mexican Chupacabra’s tend to be described almost hound like, while Russian Chupacabra’s are apparently more akin to a small bear.

Residing in my watercolour sketchbook as the C in my Monsters A-Z themed practise, this painting measures 21cm by 13cm.