The results are in: The ugly, big-eared animal found this summer in southern Texas is not the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra. It's just a plain old coyote.
KENS-TV of San Antonio provided a tissue sample from the animal for testing and the DNA sequence is a virtually identical match to DNA from the coyote.
Phylis Canion and some of her neighbours discovered the bodies of three of the animals over four days in July outside her ranch in Cuero, southeast of San Antonio. She saved the head of the one she found so she could get to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing and then mount it for posterity.