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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tennessee - January, 1934: Carnivorous Kangaroo or Chupacabra?

In January of 1934, rural Tennessee was under attack from a creature, or creatures, eyewitnesses reported as "fast as lightning" that "looked like a giant kangaroo."  The creature was said to leap and jump about fields, but also attack geese, pets, and ducks.  Kangaroo are vegetarian and generally considered docile.

The outbreak was carried by newspapers nationwide, but largely as a means for ridicule.  Yet eyewitnesses refused to back-down.  A report in the Chattanooga Daily Times even "corroborated" one attack in which, "A kangaroolike beast visited the community and killed dogs left and right, and that's all there is to it."  However, the rash of sightings came and went within that single month, and killer, carnivorous kangaroo have never been reported in or around the area since, leading many to dismiss the incident as a hoax.

But this was nearly 50 years before the legend of the chupacabra became widespread.  Could the carnivorous kangaroo attacks in 1934 Tennessee have been the work of a chupacabra, or did a roo just happen to find its way down South from its more natural habitat (kangaroo have been spotted in many states north of Tennessee) and go a little mad on some animals it may have considered threatening?

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to include a link to this post when writing this article, but had the "kangaroo" tag on my mind and didn't seek it out until just now. This is a supporting post, detailing a recent attack on an elderly woman by a usually passive kangaroo.

    The possible "carnivorous" kangaroo of 1934 TN may simply have attacked other creatures out of fear, lack of food, or the like. I did not actually find any direct reports suggesting the 'roo had eaten any creatures, merely attacked them; this was almost certainly a fallacious headline "catcher" meant to entice readers.