Sunday, April 01, 2007

Rabbit, rabbit on April Fools

This story sounds so much like a great April Fools Day joke! To read the entire story that appeared last April, just visit the link.

Monster Rabbit Stalks U.K. Village (But No Sign of Wallace or Gromit)
James Owen in London
for National Geographic News
April 11, 2006

It's a scenario straight out of a Wallace and Gromit movie: An enormous rabbit is laying waste to vegetable plots in an English village, according to reports.

The news was first dismissed as an April Fool's joke. But residents of Felton in northeast England have confirmed that a huge, floppy-eared creature is leaving behind giant paw prints and a trail of destroyed carrots, leeks, onions, and turnips following nighttime raids.

The tale has uncanny similarities to The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the 2005 Wallace and Gromit animated film. The plot centers on a ravenous "were-rabbit" that starts chomping through prize vegetables just before the annual growing contest.

Rabbit experts say the animal could be an escaped giant domestic rabbit. Some pet breeds can grow to more than three feet (one meter) in length.

England currently claims the world's largest bunny, a giant continental rabbit named Roberto, which lives with the owners of a pet store in Worcester. He weighs in at 35 pounds (15.9 kilograms) and measures 3 feet, 6 inches (107 centimeters) long.

The success of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit may have made giant rabbits the latest must-have pet. But animal welfare groups say bunny-lovers should think twice before buying one—a sentiment that the gardeners of Felton would presumably second.

Rabbit, rabbit, good luck in April, and have a fun April Fools Day!


neva said...

i LOVE that you used this picture/told this story! of course, that means i can't use it, but that's beside the point. my point, for i kinda/sorta have one, is that it's hilarious (tho' maybe a wee bit terrifying), and perfect for this April 1st!

Rabbit Rabbit, my friend! xox

Doug said...


Tan Lucy Pez said...

LOL. Yeah, Doug, that rabbit does pass for two!

But rabbit rabbit anyway.

The Lazy Iguana said...

That is a big rabbit. The cats would be terrified of it.

Logophile said...

Rabbit, rabbit
Pet rabbits are overrated, cleaning up after them is nightmarish. No wonder they end up roaming the countryside.

AP3 said...

Rabbit, rabbit! Again...

Logophile said...

BTW, I kinda sorta tagged you, but in a very complimentary fashion.

Cheesemeister said...

My brother used to have a Flemish Giant, which is a big rabbit but not nearly that big.
Pansi posed with a couple of rabbits for April is a Fool Day.

Miz BoheMia said...

Oooh! All the more to cuddle and hug! At least that's what my kids would think but I know better than to try that... again...

My mom us two rabbits when we were kids. Then we took off on a trip to Peru and got a call from my grandma that... surprise, surprise... our rabbit couple was just that and that the female had had 20 some odd wee ones! Oy! None of them giants seeing that their father was a dwarf but there you have it!

Man I ramble on! Take it as a compliment though cause I LOVE the story and giant animals are just fascinating FO SHO!

That having been said, I do not for the life of me remember where right now, but a giant frog the size of a small dog was recently found...

Shut up BoheMia!!! Ok, OK! I am leaving now! DIOS MIO!