Man shoots dead 'chupacabra' in Kentucky
Mark Cothren from Nelson County killed the unidentified animal on December 18 after it walked onto his front garden at 3pm, Wave News reports.
Cothren said: "I was like, 'Every animal has hair, especially this time of year!' What puzzled me is how something like that could survive through a winter with no hair.
"Everybody is getting very curious, you know. [The] phone is ringing off the hook. It's kind of a mystery right now."
When it was suggested that the large-eared, long-tailed creature with grayish, wrinkly skin and no fur could be a mythical chupacabra ("goat sucker"), Cothren said: "Everybody is leaning kind of toward that - it's the chupacabra! People have come up to me [saying] that's what the thing is."
However, Louisville Zoo's Sam Clites said: "It's hard to judge what an animal is from just a photograph [but] this is an animal that's native to our area, most likely that is suffering from some type [of] disease."
Last year, the body of a supposed chupacabra was found in Texas.