Cryptozoology is the study of animals whose existence has not yet been confirmed by science. This does not mean, however, that they are not real. Creatures that fit this category are commonly known as cryptids. Stories about these creatures can be found all over the world, from the UK to the Congo.
Many famous cryptids exist and have been perpetuated through pop culture. Take the Loch Ness monster, or Big Foot for instance. Some of these have been disproven, such as Big Foot, with the original “discoverer” announcing he lied about its existence on his deathbed.
However, many other cryptids have been confirmed by science. For example, the duck-billed platypus was once considered a cryptid for many years by the scientific community. To be fair, if you were told about a creature no one else had seen that had the bill of a duck, webbed feet, the body of a beaver and elbows with that can inject venom, you would likely be on the same page.
Therefore, there is potential for many of the creatures that have yet to be disproven to one day be fully discovered and established by science.
With all that taken in consideration, here are eight of the cryptids with the most potential to actually exist.
The Chupacabra (Chew-pah-cab-rah)
cryptid that reportedly drinks the blood of livestock, especially goats. Hence
its name, being derived from chupar, meaning to suck,
and cabra, meaning goat.
It is often described as a 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2m) dog-like reptile with scaly skin, and has multiple quills running down the length of its back.
Stories about this creature can be found all across the Americas, the first of which came from a small village in Puerto Rico. In March 1995, a sheep herder found eight of his flock fully drained of blood, each exhibiting three puncture marks on their chests. Similar attacks had occurred in 1975, but were attributed to another cryptid, The Vampire of Moca, though most now agree that it was the Chupacabra.
After this initial report in 1995, several other comparable incidents occurred all across North and South America, and have continued to this day. Some people even believe that it may even exist in other continents. In 2018 there were many reports of Chupacabra attacks in India.
No credible explanation has been given for many of these events. This in conjunction with the sheer animal-like behaviour of the attacks as well as the commonality between the stories and reports make many believe that the creature must be real.