Famous ambiguous rabbitduck recreated as taxidermy

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Even better than Joseph Jastrow's 1899 drawing.

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Behold the rabbitduck


  1. Duck/Wabbit
    (with apologies to Billy Collins — http://blog.lib.umn.edu/hans1995/pants/048447.html )

    The coyote may chase the roadrunner
    But they will never be as close as this pair
    Who share the very lines
    Of their dialogue, whose contradictions confound me, predator and pawn

    How deep the animosities must run
    That make one rejoice
    Whenever the other is hunted.

    Flash a sign for DUCK SEASON
    And I blow the mallard sideways with my blunderbuss.
    Tell me now that it’s RABBIT SEASON
    And powder burns the grey hare black; a lonely curl of smoke ascends.

    Say, here’s an unanticipated twist:
    For suddenly it’s ELMER SEASON
    And I am fleeing fast away in terror…

    1. With respect to duck/rabbit seasons: a while ago my wife and I have gone to great pain in scientifically tracking the periodic (circumannual) interchange from duck to rabbit and back again: P.Brugger and S.Brugger, “The Easter bunny in October: is it disguised as a duck?”, Perceptual and Motor Skills 76/1993:577-578 – reprint available on request by peter.bruggeratusz.ch

  2. I think the drawing is better, for the purposes of the sight gag, as it still jumps between duck and rabbit and back again. The taxidermy exhibit – though more realistic – always looks like a rabbit, just with a bill where its ears ought to be (the head is too furry and the nose is too prominent, probably).

  3. I agree with you for the one that Felixs linked to, but the one from this article works really well in all three possibilities.

  4. I wonder how we’d feel about aliens ever coming to our planet and doing the same with us? Maybe for fun that can use their technology to keep us alive while they do it?

    Like this?

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