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Chupacabra Mystery

Dead Animal Won't Be Tested

Texas Can't Handle the Truth!

4/5/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Move over grassy knoll ... there's a new conspiracy in town -- animal regulators in Texas REFUSE to necropsy the dead animal some believe to be a Chupacabra.

Mike Cox (yes, really) from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. tells TMZ ... there's no reason to perform tests on the raccoon-like animal captured in Ratcliff, TX this week because his agency has determined Chupacabras are mythical creatures.

TMZ sadly broke the story ... the couple that captured the animal -- which they named Chupie -- had it put down after they were told it was suffering.  The know-it-alls convinced them it was a mange-riddled raccoon. 

So, we asked, what is the scientific basis to definitely exclude a Chupacabra as a possibility?  Cox fired back, "There hasn't been a new mammal discovered in Texas in centuries."

Oh really Cox?  Well, Smithsonian scientists announced last August ... they had discovered a new species of mammal called the Olinguito ... part of the raccoon family.

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So there are still undiscovered treasures in the animal kingdom ... even mangy ones.

As for the the final resting place of Chupie ... it's a fireplace mantle.  The finders are taking it to a taxidermist. 

So, hide your kids, hide your goats.

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