My favorite and mostly unknown to tourists.
And I am somewhat saddened that I never took the time to go out and find them…
The Elwetritsch, also spelled Elwedritsch is a cryptid or mythical creature that supposedly inhabits the Palatinate(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatinate_(region)) of Germany.
The Elwetritsch is described as being a chicken-like creature with antlers and also has scales instead of Feathers. The Elwetritsch had been forgotten for some time until a Gentleman, named Espenschied “rediscovered” them. He began to organize “Hunting Parties” which were nothing more than playing a harmless prank on people. The Elwetritsch is supposedly very shy, but also very curious. A hunting party consists of a “Fänger” (Catcher) which is equipped with a big potato sack and a lantern and the “Treiber” (Beaters). The catcher is led into the woods where the Elwetritsch is supposed to live, instructed to wait in a clearing with his sack and lantern, while the beaters will supposedly roust the Elwetritsch. The light of the lantern is said to be attractive to the curious creature, so they come to investigate and will then be caught by the catcher. While he waits, everyone heads back to the Gasthaus or wherever the party had previously assembled, to wait for the patsy to realize, he had been fooled.
The Elwetritsch 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, including on the head.