SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A Simpson County man says he's been hunting for 50 years, but recently killed something he's never seen before.
"It's an ugly looking beast," Truitt Barnard, said. "I know it's not a coyote. I've killed some mangy coyotes too, and I just haven't seen something quite like it. "
Friend and family believe this could be a Chupacabra, which literally means goat sucker. Chupacabras are a legendary creature suspected of killing livestock and sucking their blood.
A couple weeks ago in the middle of the afternoon, Truitt was on his property in Simpson County just outside of Mendenhall, when a "funny-looking animal" walked through an open field about 130 yards away.
He could immediately tell the animal didn't have any hair, but when he looked through his rifle scope, he knew this was something very strange. The animal's back legs were several inches taller than his front legs, his ears were rounded, he had no hair and his teeth were very long, said Truitt's son Scott Barnard.
And a group of buzzards wouldn't even touch it.
"I've never seen anything a buzzard wouldn't eat," Scott said.
The mysterious animal has become pretty popular around Mendenhall and several people have reported sightings of strange animals since news of this one spread.
"I've seen several different things they say we don't have in Mississippi," Truitt said, so finding this creature "wasn't a big deal" to him.
Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself, he said.