Published: 11:00 AM - 11-12-11
Strafford, MO -- An Ozarks family might have a mystery on its hands -- in the form of an odd animal that attacked and killed some chickens in the neighborhood.
After weeks of wondering, they finally spotted the yellow-eyed culprit, but they're wondering what it is.
On Tim Stroll's remote Strafford property, there are goats and horses. There used to be others.
"Next thing was, my chickens were disappearing."
Stoll was really taken aback when he found a bird on his porch brutalized, but alive.
"Whatever it was, it was killing animals in broad daylight."
Then last Saturday, Stoll and his step-son Dalton Pennington saw something odd.
"My stepson and I looked out the window and he said, 'whoa, what's that?'"
"It could be something like a wolf, but that's not a wolf," says Pennington.
"He said, 'should I get the gun?' And I said, 'yeah, whatever it is needs to go."'
One shot, and the pair had a mystery on their hands. What was it?
"Mangy coyote?" asks Stroll. "A diseased animal or something?"
Conservation agents agreed, but Stoll's son Charley didn't.
"I told them to look it up on Google," says Tim's son Charley.
"He looked at it, and he was like, 'that's a Chupacabra."'
"And I just said, 'whoa, that's it! That's the animal!'" says Stroll.
The Chupacabra. The mythical donkey-sucker that kills animals and sucks their blood has reportedly shown up in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Texas -- but Missouri?
"The teeth," adds Pennington. "The hair on it."
Now History Channel's 'Monster Quest' wants a closer look at the skinny, leathery critter. And so does Dalton.
"I'd like to see what it actually is, and know if there's more of them," says Pennington.
Stoll is inclined to agree with conservation's opinion. But during the interview, the family realized something -- about the goat herd.
"We're just discovering while we're talking to you that we have one goat unaccounted for. So, we don't know what to do next. Should the story just end or should we continue looking? I don't know."
The Conservation and the Nature Center say they're certain it's a coyote.
The family has some tissue samples in a freezer, and a producer for 'Monster Quest' says they may send someone to town to see the animal.
There's never been a credible finding of any chupacabra. But as of today, the family's missing goat has still not been found.