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A Wolpertinger, also Walperdinger or Woiperdinger, is a creature whose origins lie in Bavarian folklore.


Known throughout Germany to be exceptionally mischievous creatures, Wolpertingers are small animals which sport the features of several kinds of animal. Whilst accounts attribute the traits of varying different creatures, the most common depiction of a Wolpertinger has it with a rabbit’s head mounted on the body of a squirrel, a crown of antlers similar to those found on a sag of deer, and the wings and plumage of a pheasant.

See Also

  • Rasselbock, another creature from German folklore.
  • Skvader, a similar creature hailing from Sweden.
  • Jackalope, a creature from North American folklore that may have its origins lie with the Wolpertinger.