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What is…? – a Wolpertinger

Maybe you don’t know it, but Bavaria and especially the alps region is home of specific animal. The Bavarians call it “Wolpertinger”. This animal is extremely shy and therefore hard to catch. Read on to learn about this “only in Bavaria” animal.

The Wolpertinger is extremely shy. It can be found in forests or woods. Seeing a Wolpertinger is hardly liekly. But some Bavarians did it and even managed it to hunt one.
The Wolpertinger is a rabbit or rodent-shaped animal, but it usually has wings and therefore is able to fly from tree to tree. It’s extremely difficult to hunt one. They only show up during a full moon phase.
You can find a stuffed specimen in the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (German Hunting and Fishing Museum), located in Neuhauser Str. 2 near Marienplatz (city center) and Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).

But why are there no living Wolpertingers in Zoos? And why can they only be seen during full moon?
Actually because it’s just a Bavarian legend. Wolpertingers are mythological animals and part of the Bavarian culture and tradition.
Also in other cultures, you can find such animals just like the “Jackalope (or Jackrabbit)” in the USA, the “Skvader” in Sweden and the “Dahu” in France. Even famous artist Albrecht Dürer painted a Wolpertinger as you can see here:

Wolpertinger” by Rainer Zenz – Rainer Zenz. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

So if you’re in Munich make sure to have a look at one of the Wolpertingers. Either in the Hunting and Fishing Museum or in traditional Bars and Pubs.

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