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Sep 28

Jackalope

Imagine the confusion you would experience in the event you you have sighted what folklore calls the jackalope, a creature that is basically identical to a hare yet one not so subtle difference…it’s horns!

This is a strange animal, which stories have been told of since the 1700s. 

Tales of this oddity have inspired faux taxidermy of deer antlers mounted on the head of a rabbit such as this:

 

Well the origins of these stories have come from various sightings of a creature that may very well be out there today!

On June 26 2013 a man by the name of Gunnar Boettcher saw something strange in his yard, he went out to see what it was and got close enough to take this photo of it without it being scared away:

He posted it on Facebook that same day and it was later posted on Reddit, recieving over 2,500 upvotes and nearly 2,000 comments. It was later revealed that the explanation for this photograph is that this is an ordinary rabbit suffering severely from the papilloma virus, a disease that apparently causes growths, in this case in the form of horns. This however is not an isolated incident. There have been multiple other occurrences of this infection on rabbits such as these dipicted here:

So this leads to the conclusion that the sightings that created legends of a mythical beast were simply from people who witnessed a rabbit with papillomavirus in the wild and hence called it a new creature since there is no other like it and rabbits usually tend to not have antlers.

If the definition of a jackalope is a rabbit with horns and/or antlers then the existence of this former cryptid is now confirmed.

Thank you for reading this post =^{D

3 comments

  1. Isabel Vlogs

    That’s odd. Good Post! Keep it up!

  2. Levi

    Are you going to try to catch one?

    1. nate

      Maybe

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