The Brazilian version of El Chupacabra
. First sighted in January of 1997, O Bicho
(Which means "The Beast
") kills and mutilates
sheep with "surgical precision" in the rural districts around the city of Campinas in Sao Paulo
and the city of Campina Grande do Sul, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Curitiba in Parana
Examining the carcasses of the sheep led local police and veterinarians to dismiss predators native to the area. Tracks indicated that Bicho moves on both four and two legs. A woman from rural Sao Paulo said the creature was "two meters tall (six feet, six inches), very thin, with small forearms and long claws, and of a dark gray color."