Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Strange Animal Found in Juneau County

The small city of Elroy is generally a pretty quiet place.

It is well known as the home of former Wisconsin Governor, Tommy Thompson, but is there something else there, grabbing some attention?

Juneau County highway worker, Jeff Potter, found an unusual animal.

"It just doesn't make sense," says Potter.

On his frequent drives throughout the county, he comes across countless dead wildlife.

But nothing ever quite like this.

"It's completely hairless, almost like leather. It has a canine like head, a fox or dog type head. The rear legs are coon-like. The tail is almost like an opossum," Potter explains.

Potter, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, told reporters he is left speechless.

He found it dead on Monday.

But Potter is not the only one that has seen this strange creature.

Two months ago Chuck Huschka saw it alive.

Huschka says, "At first, I just thought it was a small piglet. But it was definitely the animal."

He says he only got a quick look, and the mystery creature made a bolt for it.

"I've never seen anything like it in my life," Huschka says.

Some say the know exactly what it is, a chupacabra.

It is a legendary creature first reported in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

In fact, two people in the States this week think they stumbled across one, including a teen in Texas who shot and killed it.

Experts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are taking a more scientific approach, saying it is likely a severely manged fox or raccoon.

But Potter just does not buy it.

That is why he is preserving it in his freezer until experts can do testing.

But as far as he is concerned, he has come across something pretty big.

Potter says it is the talk around town, and everyone wants to know what it is.

He is waiting to hear back from a UW researcher, so they can look at it.

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