Yogyakarta village shocked by Chupacabra-like attack
The Jakarta Post
Shock and confusion has gripped a village in the southern part of Yogyakarta following the mysterious deaths of livestock in the past few weeks.
Farmers in Purwodadi village, Gunung Kidul regency, recently found that dozens of their goats had died from an alleged attack by an unknown predator, which many suspected to be a blood-sucking herd of wild animals.
Locals in the village claimed they found the carcasses of their goats in good condition but with bite marks on their neck and legs and that there was no blood left in the animals' body.
"Of the eight goats I own, seven died and one suffered a serious wound. Only my cow was left alive," one of the farmers, Suraji, said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.
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Village head Sucipto said at least 50 goats had died under mysterious circumstances in the past weeks.
He called on villagers to step up their night patrols to prevent the attacks.
Head of Gunung Kidul's Agriculture Agency Bambang Wisnu Broto suspected that the predators were tigers or wolves, which have seen their prey numbers dwindle following a prolonged drought in the region.
"We will look into this report," Bambang said as quoted by kompas,com.
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