On September 2, 2009 my eyes and perhaps yours too were glued to our TV and computer screens. ¬†The announcement was unsettling, another Texan “chupacabra” had surfaced. But this time the remains were stuffed and mounted instead of being thrown out or deteriorating in some science lab never to be seen again.
The back story goes like this. In July 2009 a “rodent” was becoming a nuisance in a Rosenberg, Texas man’s barn. A taxidermy student attempting to help his cousin out set a trap to poison the offending critter. The next morning a sleek, grey, hairless dog-like mammal lay motionless near the fatal concoction.
Some time passes and the student asks his taxidermy instructor, Jerry Ayer if he would trade some lessons at his Blanco Texas Taxidermy school for this frozen carcass. ¬†Ayer agreed.
Now for the front story. ¬†Ayer contacted his local TV station KSAT. ¬†Just 90 seconds of television journalism launched this story into the stratosphere resulting in a world-wide media frenzy that forced him to shut his school for 2 weeks before he could recover. ¬†100 radio interviews invitations, a death threat, hundreds of uninvited guests, tissue sample requests and among the private collectors and museums vying for the mount, the Lost World Museum made an offer and got it. ¬†Mr. Ayer told me we were the most enthusiastic of the bunch in desiring to display this beast to the world.
There is more of the story to tell. ¬†During the next few weeks we will be unfolding the events as they happen. ¬†The important thing for right now is the museum’s ability to open its doors for a limited engagement during the month of October. ¬†Every Sunday, Mon. and Tues. in October from 4PM to 8PM the museum will exhibit this chupacabra to the public. After which we will close temporarily and add all the fossils, artifacts and other non Chupacabra displays to reopen officially in a few months.
Therefore the museum invites everyone to this special preview to help solve this biological puzzle. ¬†Is this “chupacabra” really a wolf, a coyote, a mange dog or a new species? What do you think? Have you seen one of these and know what it is? We want to know. ¬†No conclusions have been made in cement. Jerry Ayer is unsure and said two veterinarians upon examining the creature scratched their heads, not a clue. ¬†We are committed to add to the growing body of evidence that scientists need to figure this mystery out proper.