The Wonderful World of Wolpertingers


One mythical creature of which I just recently became aware is the wolpertinger, said to inhabit the forests of Bavaria. It doesn’t appear that anyone actually believes in the wolpertinger, but it’s spawned plenty of legends nonetheless. Basically, it’s a small mammal, usually a rabbit or a squirrel, with antlers, wings, and fangs. Parts of other animals can be added at the artist’s discretion.

Some think the wolpertinger was inspired by rabbits with the Shope papilloma virus, as it causes tumors that can resemble antlers. I would imagine these infected rabbits aren’t as cute as the wolpertinger, though. Regardless, it’s common for taxidermists to create wolpertingers to be displayed as trophies, and they’re apparently common as stuffed animals in Germany. If this is true, I wouldn’t mind having one.

The wolpertinger is very similar to the American jackalope, a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope that has inspired many rather ridiculous stories.

There are other creatures of the sort in different parts of the world, like the Elwedritsche of the German Palatinate and the Skvader of Sweden.

This entry was posted in German, Mythology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Wonderful World of Wolpertingers

  1. Pingback: Mix and Match Anatomy: Chimeras, Jenny Hanivers and More « What's In John's Freezer?

  2. Pingback: The Catoblepas That Got the Cream | VoVatia

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s