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Friday, December 20, 2013

CARL MARSHALL'S HORNED HARE

After arranging the manufacture of Dr Karl Shuker's horned hare back in September I am now very pleased to announce that my very own example of this composite cryptid arrived this morning!

Known as a Jackolope in the US, the European horned hare actually has a rich history with many cryptozoological reports coming from the forests of Bavaria in Germany; and this atypical form, being so readily excepted by naturalists up until the late 18th century, was actually assigned its own parataxonomic name - Lepus cornutus, the Horned Hare, until various taxidermy specimens previously considered genuine were investigated more closely and conclusively proven to be fraudulent.   


This most recent horned hare was created utilising the remains of a mountain hare L. timidus and a roe deer Capreolus capreolus with neither animal being killed for the purpose of creating this cryptozoological curiosity.

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