Real “jackalopes”: rabbits infected with the Shopes papillomavirus

jack07ukansasThis is a picture of a mounted cottontail rabbit at the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas. It was caught near Topeka and had a severe infection of the Shope papillomavirus. The picture was taken by Heather York, who says that it has small “horns” all over its body, as well as the magnificient set of growths on its head. Thanks for the picture, Heather!

jack40The picture below was sent to Dan Japuntich by Grant VanGilder of Mankato, MN. It shows a severe infection with the Shope papillomavirus, although Grant says, “He is still alive and kicking and is the talk of the neighborhood.” (As of 5/19/03) Thanks, Grant!