Wolpertinger

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

 
Jump to: navigation, search
Wolpertinger illustration by Albrecht Dürer

In Bavarian folklore, a wolpertinger (also called wolperdinger, poontinger or woiperdinger) is an animal said to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. It has a body comprised from various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, tails and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. The most widespread description is that of a horned rabbit or a horned squirrel.

Stuffed "wolpertingers", composed of parts of actual stuffed animals, are often displayed in inns or sold to tourists as souvenirs in the animals' "native regions". The Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum in Munich, Germany features a permanent exhibit on the creature.

It is similar to other creatures from German folklore, such as the Rasselbock of the Thuringian Forest, or the Elwedritsche of the Palatinate region, which is described as a chicken-like creature with antlers; additionally the American Jackalope, as well as the Swedish Skvader are in ways similar to the Wolpertinger. The Austrian counterpart of the wolpertinger is the raurakl.

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]