Bizarre footage shows an armadillo seemingly attacking a young calf in a field – where three baby cows had reportedly been found dead and disemboweled.
The unusual incident was filmed in a field in Benito Juarez in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, and shared on Twitter by Miguel Eduardo Mejia in a post that has been viewed more than 125,000 times.
In the video, a mother cow is seen standing over her newborn which appears to be in distress on the ground while an armadillo looks to be attacking its midriff, before the cameraman traps it and carries it away.
According to the uploader, three dead newborn calves had previously been found in the field with their entrails hanging out.
The incident was filmed in a field in the municipality of Benito Juarez in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires
Miguel Eduardo Mejia claims that the mysterious creature is probably a killer armadillo, saying: ‘There were three deaths before the culprit was found.
‘I have never seen anything like this. An armadillo attacking a living calf.’
Armadillos boast powerful legs and sizable front claws – which they typically use for digging – and are known to eat small vertebrates, insects, grubs, plants, and some fruit, though occasionally they will eat carrion meals.
Some are known to sometimes carry rare diseases such as rabies – which can take a long time to develop but could lead to symptoms such as ‘fever’ and ‘agitation’ to be displayed.
The footage begins with a mother cow standing over its calf with a small animal seemingly attacking it
Armadillos are territorial, and mark their homes with urine, feces and scent gland excretions. The males are known to become aggressive to keep their rivals away in order to increase their chances of successfully mating.
When they are threatened, they can dig shallow trenches where they lodge themselves in order to keep predators from attacking them.
Many commenters were concerned that the armadillo was in fact the mythical ‘Goatsucker’ monster, also known as a Chupacabra.
One Twitter user commented: ‘Could it be the Goatsucker?’
Another said: ‘Did you find the Goatsucker there? It could be the answer to the other mysterious deaths?’
A third wrote: ‘The mystery of the Goatsucker has been solved.’
Another said: ‘I would never have imagined that an armadillo could do that to a calf! It is the first time I have seen it and I’m stunned.’