Mang Tacio

A blank background that feels like the closed chamber of the skull; from the abyss, introspection, like dreams from the dark of sleep: how we see ourselves, what we believe ourselves capable of, how we package ourselves for other’s consumption, what we believe ourselves to be—we see it through Mang Tacio’s manipulation of his own form, see him ruminate on how we box and categories others, and, onierically, it puts you into a sort of trance where you can reflect on your own compartmentalization, your own manner of expression.


Emaciated Pup With Severe Mange Undergoes Stunning Transformation After Rescue

All it took was proper love and care for this pooch’s personality to really shine.

Animal Aid Unlimited, a rescue group in India, spotted a stray dog curled up in a ball on the side of the road. The pup, who looked very fragile, was in bad shape. He was visibly emaciated and had a case of severe mange. The organization said he looked as though he “had completely given up hope.”

For how to donate and help this organization that saves street dogs in India go here.


 Mangy Canid Comparisons

  1. Coyotes (Canis latrans) stricken with mange, a skin disease caused by a mite, are usually what people see when when they claim to have seen the cryptic chupacabra. This individual has extensive hair loss everywhere but it’s back and it’s skin is crusty and irritated.  [x]
  2. Wolves (Canis lupus) can also contract mange, this animal’s hindquarters seem to be losing hair at a more rapid pace, probably because it’s an easy area for the animal to bite and scratch to try and relieve discomfort. [x]
  3. Urban red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are a common sight in many regions, and spotting ones with unhealthy coats is far from unheard of. The look of a red fox without much fur is striking.  [x]
  4. Not a case of mange, but a sleek grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) with a genetic mutation that interferes with the growth of guard hairs, referred to as a Sampson fox. [x]
  5. If only this shot of a maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) had the animal’s entire legs clearly in frame, it would have interesting to see the most gangly wild canid appear even more spindly. [x]
  6. An urban raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) with patches of heavily crusted skin being fed by hand, not the best thing to do with a sick wild animal.[x]
  7. A dhole (Cuon alpinus) showing off their thinning red coat. [x]
  8. This extremely mangy Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) is standing on a mound of large animal bones. [x]
  9. A pair of nearly nude African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), their tails still have a bit of fluff left. [x]
  10. The deep, crusty crevices on the side of this unfortunate golden jackal (Canis aureus) look very painful. [x]

Sarcoptes Scabiei is the mite responsible for causing what is known as Chupacabra Syndrome (or as it is known among humans ‘scabies’). It is believed that the type of mange that this mite causes is what people misidentify as Chupacabras. Humans can get this sort of mite as well but because our bodies are mostly hairless, not many mites can survive on us, so it is not deadly nor dangerous for humans. On animals however,  the mite can cause deadly mange. 

The animals that get attacked by these mites suffer not only hair loss, but other things as well. The mite will burrow under the skin of its victim and thickens the skin; because of this, the bloody supply to hair folicles is cut off and the hair falls out. Much of the time, this causes skin infections in the animal which results in a terrible odor, another thing that is often attributed with the Chupacabra. The weakened state that the mite leaves the animal in will cause it to be unable to hunt properly and thus it will go after livestock because it is easier than chasing down rabbits.