Margarita Ugalde's family underwent an experience worthy of a horror movie in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Recreo sector of Vina del Mar after having a face-to-face encounter with the legendary and feared Chupacabras.

According to the woman's story, the event took place at around 4 in the morning when all were asleep and the powerful noise made by the strange animal shook them out of their slumber.

"An animal walked over the roof - it was as though it had come in flying and suddenly landed there. It sounded strong and dragged its wings, walking quickly and making a thundering noise, as though it were very heavy. It's just like the last time. The same happened years ago - we heard the same noises on the roof," explained Margarita Ugalde.

The family's chickens, kept in the backyard, were nervous and making loud crowing sounds, as though something was happening to them. One by one, the birds went quiet. Seven out of ten chickens were killed.

"I went to the backyard and I saw it. It was like a large bird, standing about a meter, with the bearing of a dwarf. It has feathers, wings and left footprints like those of a goat. It was looking for food, and I think it must've been hungry," she explained.

When the subject of the Chupacabras first emerged into public awareness, Margarita Ugalde experienced a similar situation - the same noises on the roof and the killings of animals. In that occasion, they were among those who experienced the greatest number of losses.

The woman is afraid. She is terrified by this experience. However, she feels sad about her hens, which she had raised from chicks. The birds present one or two small perforations, some on the neck, others on the wings or legs, but the similarity they share is that they are completely dry, without a drop of blood. The family decided to call Carabineros (Chilean State Police) to inspect the site in case there was something to be found.

"They told us it was that (the Chupacabras) and that they had never seen anything like it. They were overwhelmed as well," said the woman.

When the strange animal passed over the roof and reached the backyard, it broke the henhouse door and extracted the birds one by one, for a total of seven. When he was surprised by the homeowner, the Chupacabras took off, flying toward the hills.

(Translation (C) 2007, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid)