Jackalope

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Jackalope
a.k.a. Jackelope
Proposed taxonomy Lepus antilocapra
Region(s) Western United States

The jackalope (or jackelope,[1][2][3] portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "antelope") is a "fearsome critter" of North American folklore, traditionally depicted as having the form of a jackrabbit with antlers and popularised as an object of taxidermy art. It is similar to the Thuringian rasselbock and the Bavarian wolpertinger.

The origin of the jackalope as an art object is typically traced to Douglas and Ralph Herrick, who produced and sold jackrabbit mounts with deer horn grafts to Wyoming-based hoteliers and other interested parties, first in Douglas, Converse County (where the original mount was sold to Roy Ball and displayed at his La Bonte Hotel) before expanding their sales reach to other parts of the Western United States, beginning as early as the 1930s.

References

  1. Nickell, Joe (2008), "Jackelope", Secrets of the Sideshows, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, p. 336-337 
  2. "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play", ABA Journal (Chicago: American Bar Association) 57: 578, June 1971, https://books.google.com/books?id=EXrC9Olyp4gC&pg=PA578 
  3. "A Jackelope Credibility Gap?", ABA Journal (Chicago: American Bar Association) 57: 830, September 1971, https://books.google.com/books?id=XMAjmk5yGAYC&pg=PA830