Jun 10, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Dogman or Chupacabra Photographed Near Amarillo Zoo and Texas Officials Seek Help Identifying It

The city of Amarillo, Texas, which these days should have better things to do, is asking the public for help in identifying a strange wolfman or dogman creature captured on a game camera outside of the Amarillo Zoo on May 21st and has yet to be identified. When first posted on Reddit, it seemed to garner mostly ‘hoax’ explanations – but none successfully debunked the picture. Now it appears local officials are concerned and issued a public appeal for assistance in solving the mystery of the “UAO – Unidentified Amarillo Object.”

How can they not recognize me?

“It is definitely a strange and interesting image. Maybe Amarillo can help solve the mystery of our UAO.”

The mystery began when Reddit user Segu1n posted the photo (view it here) with the caption “Game camera photo taken through an 8’ perimeter fence of a Texas Zoo - what is it?”. Segu1n later revealed the photo was originally posted in a closed Facebook group for zoo workers who were unable to figure out what it might be. The nighttime image is distorted by the fence and lack of light, but still looks something like an upright bipedal creature with a doglike pointed face, long pointed ears, unusually long arms and knees bent forward like a humanoid rather than canine creature. The photo was quickly picked up by a wide variety of media sites whose readers attempted to identify it – werewolf, Dogman and Chupacabra led the cryptid list, while a man wearing a hood or hat or a child in a costume topped the hoax list.

“It is important to note that this entity was outside the Amarillo Zoo. There were no signs of attempted entry into the zoo. No animals or individuals were harmed. There were no signs of criminal activity or vandalism.”

An officical Amarillo press release said no property or animals were harmed – just the imaginations and sleep of Amarillo residents. Texas is known for its tales of the Dogman, Bigfoot and its own doglike version of the Chupacabra, plus it has plenty of wild canines, bears, dear and other creatures that can rear up on two legs and be mistaken for a cryptid or monster. While City of Amarillo (COA) Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Kashuba, who issued the press release, said “We just want to let the Amarillo community have some fun with this,” the fact that the mysterious photograph has gone unresolved after three weeks leads one to wonder if city officials aren’t also covering their posteriors just in case. After all, this is Amarillo, where a famous werewolf or Dogman encounter took place in 1970.

Is it that hard to tell them apart in the dark?

“Suddenly the dogs were thrown out the attic window like rag dolls. They were both skinned alive! The two officers inside went into attic to see what the hell it was. Everybody outside heard lots of gunfire and then saw one the officers being thrown out the window. He was dead before he hit the ground. When everybody looked back up toward the window, they saw the creature clear as day. It looked like a big bald blue-skinned man with big red eyes and sharp claws.”

That account is from Humanoid Encounters and, if you’re curious, it recounts that nothing was left of the creature after a “high ranking military man ordered its destruction” and the house and everything in it was blasted to pieces by gunfire and two grenades before the officers set fire to the rubble. It was said that all that was left were "footprints leading away from the house."

Are local folkloric tales like that one reason enough to notify the public that a strange creature was seen near the zoo, release its ‘mugshot’, and ask for help in identifying it? Is the city of Amarillo really just “having fun”?

Take a look at the photo again. What do YOU think it is? Have you changed your travel plans to Amarillo?

(NOTE: Noe of the photos are the creature in this article.)

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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