Perhaps you’ve wondered whether jackalopes are real yourself. I’ve had two people ask me in the last week.
There’s not a whole bunch of information about jackalopes around, but I found this nifty video on YouTube, and that’s after watching quite a few (what is the opposite of nifty?) videos as well.
Jackalope Fun Facts:
- The jackalope is reputed to be a cross between a jackrabbit and antelope. Except that jackrabbits aren’t rabbits (they’re hares), and the American antelope isn’t an antelope (it’s a pronghorn). Go figure.
- Most jackalopes are pictured with deer antlers instead of pronghorn (antelope) antlers.
- Jackalopes were “discovered” in Wyoming in 1932 but a man and his brother who were mail-order taxidermists.
- Whisky is rumored to be their favorite drink.
- They breed during lightning flashes.
Other Jackalope sightings:
A friend from Alaska told me that in Alaska, jackalopes are called haribou. These are even more elusive than the jackalope because you can’t find them on Google.
The Wolpertinger (Bavarian) – very cool. This one also has wings!
A single horned bunny in Europe (think unicorn rabbit).
The horned hare (European).
The whole myth most likely originates with a virus that causes cancerous growths on rabbits (Shope Papilloma Virus – similar to human HPV). This site has several interesting pictures. It makes me very sad to see these rabbits. 😦
And then there’s THIS (creepy) video that has something to do with a kangaroo, fangs, and no antlers…
- Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon won the 2014 Nebula Award for best Short Story. You can read it for free at Apex Magazine. Highly recommended.
- Project Jackalope by Emily Ecton – fun middle-grade (8-12 years) mystery/thriller
- Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon – also middle-grade, #6 in a series
NOW YOU: READ ANY STORIES WITH JACKALOPES? HAVE ANY BEEN “SEEN” IN YOUR AREA?