A mysterious blood-sucking creature that attacked 50 baby llamas and alpacas in Chile has left a farmer fearing the "evil" legend of the Chupacabra.

Cattle ranchers in the town of Central Citani, on the border of Bolivia, claim that a bizarre animal has targeted llamas and alpacas since November 2020.

The llamas and alpacas have all been attacked at night and left for dead with their blood drained without a trace.

Farmer Juan Choque, who has had animals turn up dead, said locals initially thought the livestock had been killed by someone who had ill-will against them.

As the killings went on, he said the community can not believe "such evil" lives among them and believes the blood-sucking creature could be the Chupacabra, the legend of a bad omen that began in the 90s.

According to Mr Choque, the Chupacabra is a zombie-like mythological entity that feeds off of the blood of cattle.

He said: "At first when two or three deaths appeared, we thought it was someone.

"But when more began to appear, we said how someone is going to be killing the young if it does not suit anyone.

"No one could have such evil. And the deaths went on and on."

The rancher said the myth has scared him so much that the farmer has now put solar panels to illuminate the llama and alpaca pens to "scare the animal away."

Mr Choque added: "My cousins tell me that it could be a creature called Chupacabra, who in the south for years attacked a person leaving them bad.

"It scared me and we put lights with solar panels to illuminate the pens and scare this animal away.

"I want them to find it so that it stops doing harm."

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In an eerie twist, Andrea Nieto a veterinary specialist said of all the reported incidents, they have not been able to identify any type of footprint inside the pens other than that of cattle.

Mr Nieto said it is "difficult to say what was the cause of the attack" as the marks on the dead cattle are "not the marks of predators" from the region.

He said: "They are not the marks of predators from here like the puma or the fox.

"Only two perforations are seen at the chest level and nothing else, apparently the animal sucked from there, but a more exhaustive investigation must be carried out."

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