For the second time this year, KPHO is "Telling it Like it is" about mythical chupacabras. The problem, obviously, is that chupacabras aren't real.
On the TV station's website right now is a story with the headline "Teens Kill Possible Chupacabra."
It's a story about a Texas teen named Carter Pope, who claims he shot and killed "a real live chupacabra."
Again, chupacabras aren't real.
Some believe a chupacabra is an animal that sucks the blood of livestock. It's reportedly a strange looking creature with barely any hair.
For many, it is a thing of legends. Some wildlife biologists believe it is a sick wild animal.
"I can believe it either way, it looks like nothing I have personally seen before," Will [the boy's father] said.
Carter took hair and skin samples to get tested to put an end to the mystery once and for all.
In April, KPHO claimed there was a potential chupacabra sighting in Goodyear. The station even had video of the alleged beast, which you can see here.
However, because chupacabras aren't real, and all, the animal seen in the video the station cited as evidence was more likely an ugly dog, or malnourished coyote, than the blood-slurping focus of urban legends.
Read more about the myth of the chupacabra here -- and be sure to tune in to KPHO tomorrow, when we assume reporters will be visiting a unicorn ranch.
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