What Is a Jackalope? Wikipedia has the scoop on the mysterious background of this rare North American mammal, sighted across the continent. Ursala Vernon even wrote a short story about them! We find them around Dallas, stirring things up and getting into trouble, along with their distant cousins, the Jackafluffies. There’s a big family of Jackalopes in Texas! Here’s a few that are near and dear to our hearts…
Of the two best-known Jackalope cousins Jack is the more boisterous. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities, particularly riding and hiking, though he’s happy any time he’s out in the open air. Jack can occasionally be coaxed back indoors with the promise of cheese puffs and a quick board game. His favorite foods are cheese puffs and pizza.
Description: Jack’s fur is mostly a medium sandy brown balanced with some light sandy tan markings. The lighter color covers all of his right ear, all but the the end of his left ear, his headfur, around his left eye, a stripe from the tip of his muzzle running down his throat, chest, abdomen, inner thighs and his right foot. There is also a spot of the lighter color in the shape of the state of texas on his left shoulderblade. His antlers are brown and darker than either two body colors.
April May June
The more artsy and crafty of Fiesta’s two cousins, April was credited with the discovery (and subsequent domestication) of the jackafluffy. She likes reading, drawing, sewing, and…now…petting Jackafluffies. Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is carrots.
Description: April’s fur is mostly a light, sandy brown except her chest, belly and front upper thighs which have a light cream color. She has a triangle of spots in the same lighter color on outside of her left upper arm/shoulder. Her hair is blonde and her paw pads are a much darker brown, almost black.
In a family that breeds, well, like rabbits, Minutia is everybunny’s older sister. She may not be the most fun at parties, or even at the party, but she’s always got a sewing kit, can of Dragon-Be-Gone, Bactine™, or trans-cosmic reintegrator (that was a worst-case scenario, but you have to be prepared!) After most of a lifetime of being Jack’s sister, nothing surprises Minutia. Three years ago she actually raised an eyebrow at one of Jack’s bigger messes, but that’s why she had the reintegrator in the first place. She does smile, but only if nobody’s watching and if chocolate is involved.
Minutia’s the narrator of Texas Furry Flashback. She also writes her own introductions.
Description: Minutia is tall and slender, with the androgynous lines of a flapper. Her fur is a dark “prairie grass at dusk” tan, her ears have black tips with faint tufts, her hair’s tied back in a convenient bun, and the pale spectacle markings around her eyes are a little bigger than her black glasses.
…What is a Jackafluffy?
From the Halfwit Genius Encyclopedia:
This creature is evidently a distant relative of the jackalope. Genetic research has little to say about the jackafluffy, as efforts to obtain a blood sample, tissue sample or indeed, anything but a fluff sample, have not met with success. More zealous attempts have proven that jackafluffy antlers are, in fact, quite sharp.
Observation of jackafluffy social behavior indicates asexual reproduction, as no mating behaviors have been observed and there is no discernible way to differentiate male from female jackafluffies. Jackafluffies most often travel in pairs or in larger groups of six to ten. One of these groups is called a “sproing”. They seem to feed on cacti, wild grasses or the sonic energy of people going “Awwwwwwwwwww….”
Jackafluffy anatomy has 8 main elements: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, antlers, tails, paws and fluff. It is important to note that, due to scale, a jackafluffy’s eyes will encompass roughly 15-20% of its total body mass. It is suggested that this visual acuity coupled with a jackafluffy’s prodigious leap, allows it to scope out open ground and spot predators while still far enough out to flee. A commonly noted flaw in this theory, however, is that observers have yet to identify any predators with an overwhelming interest in fluff.
When introduced to human society, jackafluffies resort almost exclusively to their sonic method of feeding. If entrusted with the care of a jackafluffy, be sure to give it plenty of cuddles and note its cuteness often.