Do you ever look up and wonder if we're all alone? Do you ever ponder whether or not chupacabras are real?

If you answered "yes" to either of those bizarre questions, then I have a story, and photos, for you. However, fair warning, I personally am extremely skeptical as my answer to both of the above questions is simply... "ehhh, no."

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The city of Amarillo, Texas is asking residents for help identifying a strange possible chupacabra or possible alien... or, more likely, a possible promotional stunt for the city, or the zoo where the "thing" was spotted.

Take a look at their Tweer on the creature:

Spotted just outside the Amarillo Zoo, is it an alien? It looks kinda furry for what our perception of an alien would be. So, playing along, is it a chupacabra? If you aren't familiar with what a chupacabra is, Britannica describes it as a

...monstrous creature that attacks animals and consumes their blood. The name is derived from the Spanish words chupar (“to suck”) and cabra (“goat”) and can be translated as “goat-sucker.”

First reported in the mid-1990s in Puerto Rico, they supposedly attacked goats, sheep, and other domestic animals, according to the Britannica write-up.

Is it really a chupacabra? Or an alien? Or... anything? I doubt it. I'm all about a fun, wack promotion to raise awareness about a product or service. I give the city of Amarillo a ton of credit for having fun with this.

Check out the official city website posting they have talking about the "monster". I love that in the photo, the mysterious creature stops and looks right into the security camera. and no, there's no video.

To the full credit of the folks at the Amarillo Zoo, they make it clear in the web posting I shared above that they're having fun. They make sure to remind everyone there's zero danger to the public or the zoo animals.

And, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun promoting your business, right? Maybe we should try this here in Iowa. By the way, I think it's a tiny werewolf... awooooooo!

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It's kinda cute, whatever it is.

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