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Have A Look At My Jackalope!

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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This adorable and mischievious boy was at the Summer National Special Olympics Games in July 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. My daughter represented the state of NJ in Bocce and this little boy showed up in the Bocce tournament arena to show everyone his Jackalope. To me this is the perfect example of a child being a child! Look at that face too!

for those who do not know, a 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 “antalope”, an archaic spelling of “antelope”.

The jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature’s habits. For example, it is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of “killer rabbit”.

The Jackalope was first encountered by John Colter, one of the first white men to enter what would one day be the State of Wyoming. The first Jackolope spotting was said to be in Douglas, Wyoming, according to legend, in 1829. In this town, due to the discovery, there is a statue of the Jackolope, and they celebrate Jackalope Day every year. Jackalopes are legendary in the U.S. – attributed by the New York Times to a 1932 hunting outing involving Douglas Herrick (1920–2003) of Douglas, Wyoming, and thus the town was named the “Home of the Jackalope” by the state of Wyoming in 1985. The state of Wyoming trademarked the name in 1965.

the above fun information was obtained from Wikipedia online.

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