A hare-cow hybrid?

Lepus europaeus × Bos taurus

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EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD GENETICS

     
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This cross, which seems like something out of a fairy tale, seems to have been reported only once. However, its occurrence was in fact seriously alleged in an Austrian newspaper. Perhaps the result of a bit of March madness? The following appears on page 5, column 3 of the November 23, 1911 issue of the newspaper Linzer Volksblatt, which is published in Linz, Austria:

Calf and Hare in One. On a farm in Summerau, [named] Pfarre Rainbach bei Freistadt, a cow recently gave birth. And therewith a remarkable double being entered the world: The front half of this animal is that of a calf, the rear, that of a hare. If this beast steps forward with its forefoot, the rear half hops after. Also, the tail is exactly like a hare's. This monster is already now 14 days old, so it's completely viable. [Translated by E. M. McCarthy. Original German.]

Summerau is a village in northernmost Austria.

It might seem impossible for a hare even to mate with a cow, but when cows are lying down in the field various small animals, small dogs for example, have been observed in coitu with them. A video of such an encounter is offered on another page of this website.

There is an old (18th century) report of a related cross, sheep × hare. You can read about it here.

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By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).


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