The Wolpertinger (Crisensus bavaricus) is an imaginary hybrid creature (or a cryptid to some) supposedly living in the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany.
Variant regional spellings of the name include Wolperdinger, Woipertinger, Poontinger and Volpertinger.
The Wolpertinger share some features with other small horned mammals that have been described througout North Europe. The Rasselbock from the Thuringian Forest, the Elwedritsche of the Palatinate region, the Austrian Rauracklas well as to the Swedish Skvader and the north Hessian Dilldapp not to to forget the Jackalope.
The Wolpertinger is described as being composed from body parts of various animals — generally wings, antlers and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal resembling that of a rabbit or squirrel. Occasionally it displays the webbed feet of a duck. The most widespread description is that of a horned rabbit or horned squirrel.
The best way to catch a Wolpertinger, according to legend, is to be a beautiful young woman (or be in the company of one), since Wolpertingers have a weakness for female beauty. The woman should go out into a forest at night while the moon is full and find a secluded nook where a Wolpertinger is likely to be. Hopefully, the creature will soon reveal itself. When it does the woman should expose her breasts. This will cause the Wolpertinger to instantly fall into a stupor, allowing it to easily be bagged.
Images of creatures resembling wolpertingers have been found in woodcuts and engravings dating back to the 17th century. Like the jackalope, the Wolpertinger is thought to have been inspired by sightings of wild rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit's head and body.
Stuffed Wolpertingers, composed of parts of real stuffed animals, are often displayed or sold as tourist souvenirs in Bavaria. Each village has its own set of tales about sightings of the Wolpertinger in the nearby countryside.