"I set up a video camera and started filming where the chickens were," she said.
Still, after weeks and months, the mysterious creature remained elusive. Then on July 14, 2007, Canion got a call from a neighbor telling her a strange animal had been found lying on the road near her ranch. She photographed the carcass, and the animal was unlike any she had ever seen. It had large ears, large fanged teeth, with grayish-blue elephantine skin.
She had it taxidermied and now displays it proudly in her home. It made national news, and many wondered whether she had finally found the elusive chupacabra. To help decide the matter, scientists offered to do genetic testing on the animal.
DNA Testing the "Chupacabra"
DNA testing of the "blue dog" was done by Michael Forstner, Ph.D., a professor in Department of Biology at Texas State University-San Marcos. Forstner described his genetic analysis of the Cuero animal.
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"In this case we had the material...I mean, it's a vertebrate. It's not going to hard to match this, there are markers for mitochondrial DNA that are easy enough to match against almost any vertebrate on the planet, and those are available on GenBank. So we went to work and indeed that's pretty much where we ended up.... The sequencing immediately went to the family Canidae, and our immediate concern was that this was going to turn out to be somebody's pet dog."