For animals that don't really exist, 2010 was a great year. In April, hunters in central China trapped what they claimed was an 'Oriental Yeti,' but what actually turned out to be a hairless cat. In May, two nurses in the small Canadian town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib spotted a dead furry thing on the lake shore, leading them to speculate that it was a chupacabra, the dreaded goat sucker of Hispanic lore. But it actually turned out to be a dead mink. And in July, a Texas animal control officer shot what he thought was a chupacabra, which actually turned out to be an Oriental Yeti, which actually turned out to be a mangy coyote.
What we learned: If these mythical creatures do exist, they have good reason to remain hidden from us.