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Chupacabra to Serve as 'Ambassador Animal' for Oregon Zoo

Posted on 09/22/2016 1:27:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Western Oregon is understandably eager for the public premiere of Nora the polar bear at the Oregon Zoo.

But the hullabaloo made us wonder:

What ever happened to Chupacabra?

"Chupacabra is doing well," said Hova Najarian with the Oregon Zoo. "He's moved out of the vet center and is now at home in the off-exhibit Wildlife Live area. Eventually, he'll be one of our ambassador animals — visiting camps, classes and schools as part of the zoo's educational outreach. Although zoo visitors won't see him on a regular basis, we expect he'll be making plenty of public appearances in the months and years ahead."

You might remember Chupacabra - the Patagonian Mara, not the cryptozoological beast - from last summer when the exotic creature was found roaming the streets of Eugene.

The furry fellow landed in a cage at First Avenue Shelter in Eugene.

Also known as cavies or hares, the animals are large rodents native to Argentina. didn't offer "Patagonian mara" as an option, so staff at the shelter did their best by labeling the animal's species as "Small & Furry" and the breed as "Guinea Pig/Purebred."

Rather than adopt the animal out to the public, the shelter transferred Chupacabra to the Oregon Zoo.

"Many exotic animals have complex care needs that are often best met by people with specialized training at licensed and properly equipped facilities, such as AZA-accredited zoos," Tanya Paul, Oregon Zoo program animal supervisor, said at the time. "Responsible pet ownership choices are healthier for people, animals and the environment."

TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: chupacabra

1 posted on 09/22/2016 1:27:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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it’s a goat pig donk?

how did THAT happen!

2 posted on 09/22/2016 1:29:31 PM PDT by Samurai_Jack (War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.)
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Cool, I’d never heard of them before. A large rabbit that looks like a small deer.

3 posted on 09/22/2016 1:40:26 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

but is it a complete protein?......enquiring minds want to know...

4 posted on 09/22/2016 1:53:40 PM PDT by reed13k
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Doesn’t look Kosher.

5 posted on 09/22/2016 2:00:02 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory ((ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government))
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6 posted on 09/22/2016 2:01:04 PM PDT by freedomlover
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7 posted on 09/22/2016 2:20:10 PM PDT by Bethaneidh (Likely to annoy someone every time. Get over it.)
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To: nickcarraway

So THIS is the thing that’s supposed to have been tearing apart cattle and horses and stuff?

8 posted on 09/22/2016 4:43:05 PM PDT by jmacusa ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!''-- Popeye The Sailorman.)
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