Yesterday's post was about Bodmin Jail and while there we saw the above example of taxidermy - a rabbit with antlers!
Such a creature is sometimes referred to as a jackalope in North American folklore. Wikipedia states:
"It is possible that the tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit's head and body."
There is an example of Shope papilloma in a Daily Mail article, with photos, which tells of a "bunny filmed hopping around Minnesota yard with rare infection that makes rabbits grow horns."
And, of course, there happens to be an over the top video, which I find a little disturbing, about such a rabbit:
We asked someone at Bodmin Jail what that rabbit with horns was. The lady smiled and simply replied, "It's a rabbit with horns," and she walked away still smiling.
That's the thing about Cornwall, so many myths and legends.
But the USA has it's own and I read this about jackalopes on Legends of America:
Illustrations of horned hares go back as far as the 16th century in scholarly European works."
Laura Neocleous, however, from the Wimbledon College of Art, has a somewhat different interpretation of a jackalope:
|Image by Laura Neocleous|
Other Cornish Mysteries
The Cornish Mystery Of Trevethy Quoit Stones
The Mystery Of Jesus Visiting Cornwall In England
The Mystery Of The Cornish Roche Rock And Hermitage