The Cabbit of Dulce

Dulce, New Mexico is located almost in the center of the northern edge of the state, on New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache Reservation.  

Dulce is a small town, yet it looms large in the minds of conspiracy theorists worldwide, who believe it’s the home of a secret underground government base — Earth’s primary site for alien-human collaboration. 

The base — according to The Dulce Bookby a man known only as “Branton” — lies deep beneath the desert mesas near Dulce, inside multiple levels of countless miles of tunnels and rooms, in which aliens and humans work together on projects ranging from strange meldings of technology and the occult to the dissection and genetic alteration of captive human beings. 

“I frequently encountered humans in cages, usually dazed or drugged, but sometimes they cried and begged for help,” claimed an alleged former base employee interviewed in The Dulce Book. “We were told they were hopelessly insane, and involved in high-risk drug tests to cure insanity. We were told never to speak to them at all.” 

Up until 1977, such stories — justified perhaps in part by the UFOs often glimpsed by Dulce residents, or the cows occasionally found surgically dismantled on area ranches — were quickly dismissed, if for no other reason than the unlikelihood of the government putting such a clandestine base right underneath a town of almost 3,000 people. 

There were a lot of strange goings-on, sure, but there was little, if any, evidence of the base’s existence, of humans and aliens working there together, or of the sinister-sounding genetics labs in the base’s lower levels. 

“[There] are experiments done on fish, seals, birds, and mice that are vastly altered from their original forms,” said The Dulce Book’s interviewee. “There are multi-armed and multi-legged humans and several cages of humanoid bat-like creatures up to seven feet tall. The aliens have taught the humans a lot about genetics, things both useful and dangerous.” 

In 1977, though, something turned up around Dulce that — to many people — seemed to add a bit of credence to the stories of the Dulce Base and the base’s genetic tampering: a cabbit.  

Said to be the offspring of cats and rabbits, rumors of cabbits have been around since at least 1845, when Joseph Train mistook a Manx cat — a tailless breed of cat with unusually long hind legs — for the offspring of a cottontail and housecat, and wrote about it in An Historical and Statistical Account of the Isle of Man. In modern times, however, cabbits have generally been considered a scientific impossibility, because cats and rabbits are just too genetically dissimilar. 

“A cat is a carnivore, with its whole body adapted to hunting and meat-eating,” wrote cryptozoology researcher Sarah Hartwell in a 1999 online article. “A rabbit is an herbivore with its whole body adapted to eating plants.” 

And yet, according to Hartwell, somehow, in 1977, a man named Val Chapman, walking in the desert near Dulce, captured what he insisted was a cabbit. Its front end looked like the front half of a normal cat, but its back half lacked a tail and featured long legs almost identical to those of a jackrabbit. Chapman took the cabbit on tour, featuring it prominently in a Los Angeles exhibit, on TV, and in supermarket tabloids. 

“It is believed to have escaped from Dulce’s laboratory years ago,” wrote Theresa Morgan in a February 2004 New Mexico Magazine article. “Rumor has it that heavily armed men in black fatigues, flying unmarked black helicopters, were responsible for hunting down the unnatural cabbit creation.” 

And maybe they were — but maybe not. 

Occam’s Razor is a principle rooted in the writings of the early English philosopher William of Ockham. It states, more or less, that, “All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.” 

Using that principle then, it may be worth asking what was more likely: that Chapman found a half-cat, half-rabbit hybrid created in a top-secret underground labyrinth by aliens and humans using extraterrestrial technology — or that Chapman found a deformed cat. 

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