|Comparison between an upright standing porcupine and a cartoon illustration of a Chupacabras which exhibits most of the features in Ms. Tolentino's sketch of the alleged Chupacabras which she saw.|
He points out that a known mammal shares the features of this and other alleged Chupacabras such as the length/height of around four feet, the quill covered body, the ability to stand and walk upright, the clawed hands and feet which look like those of a habitual quadruped, the round head and snout, the black and beady eyes, red eye glow and red patch around the eyes, the mammalian "wet" nose, the cleft upper lip, the gnawing rodent-like incisors, and the occasionally reported ears and whiskers. Surprisingly, this bizarre mammal is the porcupine, likely the Mexican hairy porcupine in this case. Mexican hairy porcupines exhibit most of the aforementioned features, and also have a greenish hue to their bodies at times. I think that Dale is possibly correct with this hypothesis, and I agree with his observations and conclusion. So before you cast this hypothesis out as being ridiculous, keep the previously mentioned information in mind and read Dale's article on the subject. The link to his excellent article is here: Frontiers of Zoology: 1995 Puerto Rico Chupacabras
(Update): Cameron McCormick later suggested to me on Facebook that another possible candidate for the identity of the Tolentino animal is an armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus). Although this species is not native to Puerto Rico, Cameron suggested that as people keep and release such strange animals it would be hard to rule out any exotic. I think this is certainly a possibility, and you can read more about this bizarre rat species here.
|An armored rat|