I Finally photographed one of the rarest animals on earth!
For many years I have attempted to photograph a Jackalope, one of the rarest animals on this planet. The Jackalope is an antlered species of rabbit, unfortunately rumoured to be extinct, yet occasional sightings of this rare creature continue to occur, suggesting that pockets of jackalope populations continue to persist in its native home, the North-American West.
My friend, the famous Indian Chief Hanglogonads, told me about a likely location to spot the elusive Jackalope, I camped for three days in a hide-away shelter in the bush near Teulon in Central Manitoba. Late afternoon on the third day, just as I was about to give up and return home, my dream was realized. A Jackalope briefly appeared in a small open area. The encounter was brief and only allowed me to take one photograph.
The Jackalope is an aggressive species, willing to use its antlers to fight. Thus, it is also sometimes called the "warrior rabbit."
Jackalopes possess an uncanny ability to mimic human sounds. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, Jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. Jackalopes become especially vocal before thunderstorms, perhaps because they mate only when lightning flashes (or so it is theorized).
When chased, the Jackalope will use its vocal abilities to elude capture. For instance, when chased by people it will call out phrases such as, "There he goes, over there," in order to throw pursuers off its track. The best way to catch a Jackalope is to lure it with whiskey, as they have a particular fondness for this drink. Once intoxicated, the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt.
Jackalope milk is particularly sought after because it is believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac (for which reason, the Jackalope is also sometimes referred to as the 'horny rabbit'). However, milking a Jackalope can be incredibly dangerous, and any attempt to do so is not advised. A peculiar feature of the milk is that it comes from the animal already homogenized on account of the creature's powerful leaps.