Most Wyomingites know about the legend of the jackalope, but not many know about its distant relatives. The wonders of nature never cease to amaze on what creature and oddities it creates. Some travel deep in the rainforest to find never before seen animals. Some dive to the deepest depths of the ocean. All we did was look at the jackalope's family tree, and we were astonished by what we found.

Just as the Wyoming jackalope is elusive, so are most of these creatures. It takes a skilled photographer with a tenacious dedication to capture images like these. It can be dangerous at times. For example, the gentleman who shot the hipo-alope almost lost his life when the animal breached the side of his canoe. But it is this kind of dedication we provide for our readers.

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