There's a jackalope living in my neighborhood

Jackalope 1
Jackalope 1Courtesy Joe
I moved recently. And I love my new neighborhood. Great neighbors, lots of kids for my kids to play with and my backyard is frequented by a real live jackalope.

I am obsessed with jackalopes. I don't know why. In the old Science Museum of Minnesota there was, at the end of the skyway, a rack of display cases and one held a jackalope. I would just sit and stare at that thing - for whatever reason it fascinated me.

Jackalope 2
Jackalope 2Courtesy Joe
And then a group of my coworkers gave me a mounted jackalope head that hangs in my cube.

And now one hangs out in my back yard. And it is awesome. Though a little camera shy.

Jackalope 3
Jackalope 3Courtesy Joe
Jackalopes don't have antlers like a deer or moose - in fact they are not meant to have the "antlers" at all. The growths are the restult of the Shope papilloma virus which causes tumors to grow on the rabbit’s head. Interestingly, Shope papilloma virus provided the first model of a cancer caused by a virus in a mammal and has been used to help develop the HPV vaccine and investigate antiviral therapies.

Here’s a link to a couple of photos of rabbits that have more severe cases of the infection.

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KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Crazy! I never knew there was any truth to the jackalope story. Thanks for posting this, Joe.

posted on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:07pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Jackalopes are a running theme here on Buzz...

posted on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:44pm
Interesting Facts About Australia's picture

Jackalope milk is particularly sought after because it is considered a powerful aphrodisiac, why the jackalope is also sometimes called rabbit cornea the ". But it can be very dangerous to milk a jackalope, and any attempt to do so is not recommended. A particular feature of milk is that it comes from animals that are already homogenized on account of being powerful jumps.

posted on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 1:24am

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