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Es gibt sie doch die Elwedritsche
by Karl-Heinz Wölk, Jutta Wölk | Children's Books
Registered by Simson-Shilitoe of Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on 1/21/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by Simson-Shilitoe from Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Saturday, January 21, 2012

9 out of 10

The Elwetritsch (aka Elwedritsch, Ilwedritsch and so on), plural Elwetritsche or Elwetritschen, in (pseudoscientific) Latin bestia palatinensis) is a birdlike mythical creature which is reported to be found in South-West-Germany, especially in Palatinate. The Elwetritsch can be seen as a local equivalent to mythical creatures of other regions, i.e. the Bavarian Wolpertinger or the Thuringian Rasselbock.

The Elwedritsch had been quite forgotten in a while, till a Gentleman, named Espenschied "rediscovered" them. He began to organize "Hunting Parties" which were nothing more than playing a harmless prank on people. One of the Bavarian Kings was once served roasted, small birds for dinner, which were declared to be Elwetritsche, but were actually Quail.

The Elwedritsch is a cryptid or mythical creature that supposedly inhabits the Palatinate of Germany. It is described as being a chicken-like creature with antlers. It also has scales instead of Feathers. However, it is said that their wings are of little use. That is why they live mainly in underbrush and under vine stocks. Sometimes Elwetritschen are depicted with antlers of a stag and their beaks often appear to be very long. In the second half of the 20th century, artists increasingly portrayed Elwetritschen as female by adding breasts. Elwetritschen supposedly originate from crossbreeding chickens, ducks and geese with mythical wood creatures such as goblins and elves. Being a fowl, they naturally lay eggs which, as a result of descending from forest spirits, grow during breeding season. Eggs in various sizes are artistically depicted at the “Elwetritschenbrunnen” in Neustadt an der Weinstraße.

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.[1]

Like the jackalope, 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. 

Journal Entry 2 by Simson-Shilitoe at Germersheim, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

9 out of 10

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The book is now travelling in a green plastic bag (M-Beutel) alongside with two other books to Esme-Weatherwax in Ireland. 

Journal Entry 3 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Friday, February 17, 2012

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Thanks Simson my dad who speaks German looks forward to reading this story to my son. 

Journal Entry 4 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Monday, April 16, 2012

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I have set up a b/c account for my son. As I got this book for him I am moving it to his account 

Journal Entry 5 by You_ at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Monday, April 16, 2012

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Thank you Simson-Shilitoe 

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