Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jackalopes: a myth or a misconception?

What is a jackalope? 

From Wikipedia: 

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a so-called "fearsome critter") described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant's tail (and often hind legs). The word "jackalope" is a portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "antelope".

But last June of 2013, Gunnar Boettcher of Mankato, Minnesota took a shot and a video that went viral about a bunny with odd spikes growing out of its face. And he call the weird bunny "Frankenstein". 

But according to Ken Varland, the regional wildlife manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, It's just a cotton-tail with a bad case of papilloma virus.

Thus, in the old days without professionals like Ken Varland, this would become a misconception of an evil, or a bad-spirited creature due to this bizarre sight. 

Check out the full story at nbcnews.

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