There has been a case of “a boy who cried wolf” in Toronto back in August, 2009 except the role of the boy was played by a couple and the role of the wolf by a mid-sized bald animal. The strange creature was found roaming in the backyards of Christella Morris and Colin Williams in Parkdale. It was an utterly furless, pink colored animal the size of a small dog.
The story was about to hit the media and go viral as the legendary blood sucking ‘Chupacabra’ of Latin origin or perhaps as an odd species still undiscovered in the west end. It was found to be eating dog food in a bowl in broad daylight. The animal appeared to be lactating so it is clearly a ‘she’. Thanks to York University Biologist Suzanne McDonald it was identified as a waxed raccoon. On further observation the animal’s morphology, behavioral traits, and vocalizations are exactly the same as one would expect from a raccoon. But for some strange reason the mammal has lost all her fur.
Nathalie Karvonen, executive director of the Toronto Wildlife Centre, said they have come across hairless animals like bald red squirrels however with little hair or some hair on them unlike this creature which appeared to be wholly hairless and with freckles. The reason behind its naked appearance is still in shadows. According to some experts she is suffering from severe case of ‘Mange’ which is a skin disease that causes animals to lose all its fur largely due to infection while others say it has been exposed to nuclear radiation causing genetic mutation. The raccoon was identified as being fairly healthy a little dehydrated however. The local claim she started losing her hair a couple of years ago and has given birth to normal raccoon infants and was even able to survive one winter without its fur. She was able to scare off other raccoons fighting for the same food source so the hairless look actually gave her a competitive advantage measured up to have a healthy body weight. The Toronto Wild Life Center took the raccoon in their care to investigate and offer treatment if necessary.
There has been a similar case of the bald raccoon in April 2014 in Ratcliffe, Texas. It was claimed to be the Ratcliffe Chupacabra by the locals.
But this one was greyish in color. This case was on the brunt of creating havoc but a handful of wild life experts and Raccoon expert Dr. Sam Zeveloff it was rated off as what it should be, a hairless raccoon with mange. They claimed the infection is curable now and many have shown signs of improvement with treatment. This one was a male and shared similar characteristics as the one in 2009, but was identified as dehydrated and underweight however. The wild life experts reported there have been many more cases of hairless raccoons and other animals which the neighborhood people make mayhem of with the help of social media. The ignorance and eccentric nature of the locals is what gives rise to legendary creatures such as this one.