Saturday, October 24, 2009
Jackalopes: a Warning!
The way we came to have jackalopes is that pygmy deer mated with killer rabbits. Jackalopes mostly live in western states such as Wyoming and New Mexico, but people have also seen them in other places. So the point I want to make is that there are plenty of normal rabbits around for dogs to catch and eat, so there's no need to hunt jackalopes.
Jackalopes like to drink whiskey, so sometimes you can catch them by putting out some whiskey and then waiting until the jackalope gets drunk. I don't recommend this method, though, because (1) most dogs are not old enough to buy whiskey legally, and (2) it still seems way too risky to mess with these vicious animals, even if they are drunk.
Another thing that jackalopes like is to sing. Sometimes when cowboys are sitting around the campfire at night, singing, they have heard jackalopes singing their songs back to them. This is really creepy!
Jackalopes are the most vocal right before a thunderstorm. This is because they only mate while lightning is flashing. The milk of a jackalope -- which is very hard to get, of course -- is supposedly a good medicine. Also the milk is an aphrodisiac, but I'm not sure what that means.
There is a town in Wyoming called Douglas, and they like jackalopes so much that they voted to call themselves the "Jackalope Capital of the World." Then they put up a great big statue of a jackalope, right there in town. If you go to Douglas, Wyoming, you can buy a license to hunt jackalopes. But the season for jackalope hunting is very short. It is from midnight to 2:00 a.m. on June 31 every year. I have to repeat, though, that I think it is a bad idea to try to hunt these vicious "warrior rabbits," even if you have a license! And that's all I'm going to say about the subject. You have been warned!