Lady Frampton- Lepus Externus Demens
Outdoor Demon Hare
Roaring, yet never messing up her nails
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ady Frampton was the last example of a small pack of feral “Demon Hares”. Believed to have been spawned following the great Chinchilla mania of the mid 1970’s in an attempt to create more interesting pets, by breeding the domesticated hare with the exotic baboon. In theory, the male would have weighed about 15 to 30 lbs. with white fur and a flaming red bottom. The female was slightly smaller at 6 to 20 lbs. with totally white fur.

However, due to the fact that in development the egg split into four identical quadruplets in breeding all attempts resulted in a female.

Originally, state and national regulations on exotic pets overlooked this hybrid, but after numerous incidents laws were past banning ownership. Like their primate parent, Demon Hares make bad pets. James O ‘ Neil of Brooklyn complained to the Brooklyn Eagle in 1976 about his Demon Hare, which he referred to simply as “the Ape.” “She makes my life a misery by ripping filter tips from my cigarettes and drinking from my cans of beer.” Like many former owners, the O ‘ Neil surrendered their pet to a local animal rescue. However many were simply allowed to turn feral on the city streets.

It is assumed that all remained within the confines of the New York metropolis due to it’s steady surplus of rodents, small dogs, slow pigeons and garbage. Mostly tree dwellers, there is evidence that some burrowed during winter. With a sped up metabolism, the life expectancy of the Demon Hare was only 20 years. Therefore, it is clear that the species is extinct, because of life expectancy and lack of males to propagate.

This example of a feral Demon Hare was captured on Manhattan’s East 10th street in 1990 and soon after died in captivity. Lady Frampton seems to have been able to survive longer than expected due to the kindness of Roberta Rodriquez, the manager of a Rite-Aid convenience store. Ms. Rodriquez was tracked down after authorities noted that Lady Frampton’s front paw’s nails had been tended, painted red and adorned with rhinestones.

After studying Lady Frampton’s scientists returned the body to Ms. Rodriguez who had her unique pet lovingly taxidermied. In 2001, it was purchased and transferred to the Jennifer Kellogg Gallery in Brooklyn Heights, where it remains on display to the public.

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