The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at Questkid13@gmail.com

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Jackalope


The jackalope — also called an antelabbit, aunt benny, Wyoming thistled hare or stagbunny — is a supposed cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, goat, or deer, which is usually portrayed as a rabbit with antlers. These creatures are aggressive and unpredictable, and should not be provoked for any reason! Thus, it is also sometimes called the "warrior rabbit."

Description
It is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit". Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. They breed only during electrical storms including hail, which accounts for their rarity. The jackalope is now most commonly sighted in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. However, the jackalope does appear to have a European cousin, which in Germany is known as the wolperdinger. In Sweden, a related species is called the skvader.
It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. Jackalopes become especially vocal before thunderstorms, perhaps because they mate only when lightning flashes When chased, the jackalope will use its vocal abilities to elude capture. For instance, when chased by people it will call out phrases such as, "There he goes, over there," in order to throw pursuers off its track.
Female jackalopes can be milked as they sleep belly up and the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. However, it can be incredibly dangerous to milk a jackalope, and any attempt to do so is not advised. A peculiar feature of the milk is that it comes from the animal already homogenized on account of the creature's powerful leaps.
It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night, though this has not been proven to be entirely accurate. The jackalope supposedly will drink its fill of whiskey and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt.
History
Known by the ancients as "deerbunnies", it wasn't until the early 1960's that the modern more fearsome "jackalope" name was adopted. The jackalope legend in the U.S. was attributed by the New York Times in 1932 to Douglas Herrick (1920–2003) of Douglas, and thus the town was named the "Home of the Jackalope" by the state of Wyoming in 1985. Douglas has issued Jackalope Hunting licenses to tourists. The tags are good for hunting during official Jackalope season, which occurs for only one day, June 31.
A Special Thanks to Wikipedia and the followings sites for their information:
And to Pixar for their fabulous representation of the jackalope!

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