Mutations, portmanteaus, or rabbits that are just too frisky?!
As I researched the cabbit and jackalope, I was surprised by the similarities. Not only are they both part rabbit, but they have those self-asserting names. What is it about rabbits that make such great hybrids?
The Cabbit (aka Rabcat)
This mythological hybrid is a combination of a cat and rabbit. Cabbits earn their place in the fictional world as many people have reported seeing them, but based on the impossibility that rabbits and cats can’t breed, they’re merely a fictional creature. Cabbits have existed since the dawn of mutation. These cats with chromosome abnormality are just lucky enough to stand out from the crowd of normal looking cats.
A jackrabbit and an antelope make up the anatomy of the Jackalope—the head and body of the rabbit and the horns of an antelope (in some cases, like the Herrick brother’s original 1930’s design, the creature has deer antlers).
This fictional creature has fooled minds across America for generations. What started as a piece of fictional work in the 13th century Europe, turned into a hoax for many people. However, this lore and the sightings of wild and alive jackrabbits may be explained by a disease called Shope Papilloma Virus in which tumors grown from the skin on the rabbit making it appear as if the animal has horns.