Chupacabra or The Coyote? Manu Ginobili posts video of hairless creature in his neighborhood

Ginobili accurately identified it

This tweet from Manu Ginobili is getting lots of attention. (Manu Ginobili Twitter/X)

SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs and the Chupacabra — two icons in San Antonio culture, which have yet to cross paths, until now.

One of those legends may have spotted the other one over the weekend.

Retired Spurs great Manu Ginobili posted a picture and video of a hairless creature that he spotted in his neighborhood.

He called it a “Weird looking one for sure” and speculated that it was a hairless coyote.

Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said Ginobili was spot on.

“The animal in the video is a coyote with mange,” Lerrin Johnson, a wildlife public information officer with TPWD told KSAT.

Lisa Norwood, public relations manager with the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, said there are several other animals that can look similar to the creature Ginobili saw.

“There are a number of animals that can get the (mange) skin condition,” Norwood said. “There are also a number of hairless dog breeds, such as the Xoloitzcuintli or Mexican Hairless and the Peruvian Inca Orchid. I actually have had a couple of Mexican Hairless dogs, and they look very similar; also come in several sizes, including a standard that is similar.”

As you can imagine, Ginobili’s social media post led to some funny responses — with many calling it the mythical Chupacabra, some referencing the Spurs mascot — The Coyote, and others recalling the 2009 incident when Ginobili swatted a bat out of mid-air during a game.

Here’s a look at some of the responses:

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Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.