What kind of animal is this?
"Looks like a hyena or a greyhound, a messed up dog, ohh a horrible dog," says TJC Student Lyndon Gilford.
A man in Harrison County snapped this picture a few days ago. We showed it to you on a recent news cast and hundreds of you logged online to tell us what you thought it was. Answers varied, everything from a Peruvian hairless dog, to a naked fox, to an Australian dingo. Today, we got a similar reaction when we showed passersby the picture.
"I would say a cross between a jackal and a grey hound," said one woman.
"An ugly animal, I don't know a horse," says another man.
"It looks kind of messed up," said yet another.
Some of you e-mailed us claiming this animal was something called "a Chupacabra". That means "goat sucker". It's a mythical creature in Puerto Rican folk lore. A google search revealed pictures of what one may look like.
James Wright, a zoonosis vet with the Texas Department of State Health Services doubts this animal is a Chupacabra.
"So if I see this out in the country side I feel it is a canine and not from outer space," says Wright.
He thinks the animal is a type of dog or coyote suffering from severe mange.
"Most probably from demodectic mange," says James Wright. He says it causes the hair to fall out very badly.