Top five fictional rabbits

In today’s Harvard Crimson, writer Rachel A. Burns lists the top five bunnies in popular culture. Can you guess who made the Top 5 list?

 5.  Thumper from “Bambi”
Despite its tearful beginning, “Bambi” was one of my favorite childhood movies. In my opinion, Thumper upstages Bambi in pretty much any scene they share.

4. The rabbit in “Goodnight Moon”
This book should not need explanation. It has been a bedtime story for countless children, and at its center is a baby rabbit trying to go to sleep.

3. The killer rabbit from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Not all rabbits are as sweet and innocent as the one falling asleep in “Goodnight Moon.” This particular rabbit eats unsuspecting travelers alive. (Note: If you’ve never seen the movie, check out the clip below to see the “vicious” rabbit for yourself)



2. Harvey from “Harvey”

If you can’t see a rabbit, does it exist? Directed by Henry Koster and starring Jimmy Stewart, “Harvey” is the story of a man named Elwood P. Dowd, who claims to have a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit friend.

1. Fiver from “Watership Down”
There are enough rabbits in Richard Adams’ classic tale to warrant a separate list. There’s the leader of the group of runaway rabbits, Hazel, the rabbit-god Frith, and the Grim Reaper rabbit, the Black Rabbit of Inlé, to name only a few. But Fiver, the neurotic and somewhat psychic runt of the group, has always been my favorite.

Rachel A. Burns is the outgoing Books Editor. Because her initials are RAB, she has always felt an affinity for rabbits. Also, she stole the horcrux.

Harness Testers Needed

Over the summer San Diego HRS had a booth at an avian veterinary conference at the San Diego Convention Center. Many avian vets also treat “exotics”, which includes rabbits.

I got to talking with a representative from The Parrot University about harnesses. Apparently, parrots can use harnesses, too!

The rep was kind enough to send us a couple of harness samples to see if they might be suitable for rabbits.

There are two different sizes (X-Large and XX-Large), but keep in mind the sizes are designed for birds. The design is similar to the “H-Style” harness marketed for rabbits but this one has no clips or fasteners, only elastic. The harnesses are adjustable and come with a long elastic leash.

I need a few volunteers who would be willing to try out these harnesses on their rabbits. If your rabbit is already used to wearing a harness, great! You can help me compare this product to others you may have used. Never tried a harness before? No problem! Talk us through what your rabbit makes of it and whether you’d use it again.

The harnesses also come with an instructional DVD to watch.

Interested? Contact Chandra Beal at chandra@sandiegorabbits.org

BYOB(unnies)

Companion animals are banned in many apartments in Nagoya, Japan. As a result, pet-themed cafés that allow patrons to eat, drink, and interact with animals, have become popular. 

The cafés are usually cat-themed, but the Usagi-to-Café is All About Rabbits: 18 resident bunnies are available, in a separate room, for patron interaction.

The café charges 900 yen, or about $11, for 30 minutes inside the café (includes one drink). There is also a fee of about $1 per minute to cuddle bunnies. People may “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Bunny”) which is promoted as a way to “socialize” bunnies.

For about $35 per person, the café offers a 2-hour special that includes one drink, a “random salad”, rabbit pizza (and I do hope they mean rabbit-shaped pizza…), rice and dessert.

Personally, I’m skeptical about any benefit that rabbits might get from “socialization.”  Especially if the bunnies are not spayed or neutered. In fact, I imagine it to be something like the bunny version of the old Wild West.

As most rabbit-savvy people know, the bonding process (introducing two bunnies to each other) is both an art and a science. And it rarely happens in 30 to 60 minutes.

My own bunnies would be unhappy about leaving their familiar surroundings, and being forced to see, much less, interact with other rabbits. 

“Hot and cold like the child dying” ?
The café Web site does emphasize that it is not responsible for fighting or “trouble.” It also warns against “mounting.” I don’t know if the café rabbits are spayed and neutered. It would be interesting to learn more.

If you read Japanese (or know someone who does), please check out the Web site and let us know what you find.

I tried to use Google’s language translator to find out more from the café Web site, however the results can be hit and miss, generating some nonsensical translations (see the photo/description below):

Name: Ramune
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: May 5, 2008
Type: Banifaraion

Feature: hot and cold like the child dying ♪
 

 

Do you think a Bunny café would do well in the U.S.? Would it be a good way to educate people about rabbits in an entertaining way? Let us know what you think!

Five bunnies in the U.K. saved from “bored” family

March Pet Shop wants Christmas homes for five rabbits after rescue last night
From the Cambs Times24

A RESCUED rabbit got a new home today after six were collected from Chatteris, a town in the district of Cambridgeshire, England, because the owners got bored with them.  

Caroline Bates, of Parson Drove, came into The Pet Shop, in March, this morning to pick up some supplies for her dogs, cats and rabbit, but left with festively named “Holly”.

Caroline Bates with Holly

She said: “I will take her home and put her in front of my pets and will introduce them to their new friend. In the summer, I will let all my pets go out in the garden together to have some fun.

“My husband daren’t take me to a rescue home as I normally want to take something home with me.”

Shop assistant Debbie Kowbass with one of the remaining bunnies

The Pet Shop manager Rob Phipps collected the six rabbits, all in good condition and aged between one and three, last night after the owner tried to rehome them, as RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre was full. He said he would like to find new homes for the remaining five pets before Christmas.

Rob said: “They’re nice looking rabbits, I just can’t see them left on the street.

“The owner did the right thing and tried to get them rehomed but the other animal centres were full so we took them in.”

Shop assistant Debbie Kowbass said why they were the perfect pets: “They’re just so cute, absolutely gorgeous, and fluffy.”

Let the (s)hopping begin!

Please note the following days in your calendar for shopping, adoptions, and fun

Holiday shopping season begins on Saturday, November 27th at the HRS Bunny Store. Stop by to purchase freshly packed hay, pellets, toys, and other supplies for your rabbit. HRS premiums (t-shirts, calendars, books, etc.) will also be available for purchase. Also, get your bunny’s nails clipped for a small fee.

Marley, a very happy house rabbit adopted from SDHRS

Here’s a complete list of holiday activities at the Bunny Store:

Saturday Shopping at the HRS Bunny Store, 4805 Mercury Street, Suite J, Kearny Mesa (corner of Mercury & Ronson Rd)

  • 11/27, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 12/4, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 12/11, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 12/18, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 12/25 – STORE CLOSED

Events
San Diego HRS Annual Holiday Party, 4 to 8 p.m. (held at the Bunny Store)

Join us for our annual holiday party.  This event is a VEGETARIAN POTLUCK; please bring a dish to share.  We need main dishes and desserts that will feed about 6 to 8 people.  HRS will provide soft drinks; attendees may bring beer or wine.

The evening’s fun includes a holiday gift-inspired RAFFLE, holiday shopping, and a visit from Santa.  Bunnies are welcome on leash or in a stroller.

SDHRS Adoption Days: 11/28, 12/5, 12/19
Adoption Days are always held on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bunny Store

Our homeless bunnies have been such good boys and girls this year, and the best gift they could receive is a warm, loving, forever home. Please consider adopting a loving companion for your single bunny; or spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues about the joy and good cheer that house rabbits give all year long.

Let’s make it a bunderful year for homeless bunnies!

All potential adopters must be pre-screened well in advance of adoption days in order to best match them with rabbits appropriate for their home and family. Screening requires the completion of our adoption application and interview to determine your level of rabbit experience and your preferences and/or expectations of a rabbit. Our goal is to make the best match for the rabbit and the home, ensuring a life-long adoption for the rabbit.

Please complete our Adoption Application Form or email hrs@sandiegorabbits.org if you are interested in adopting.

PLEASE NOTE: All potential adopters are given appointment times at our adoption days so we can provide them with individual attention. It’s important to complete the screening prior to adoption day so you can get your appointment time.

From New Mexico HRS: Digital Buns

Digital Buns
With Bill Velasquez, New Mexico House Rabbit Society

Since 2007, Bill Velasquez has been involved with rabbit rescue, and in January 2010 he helped to launch the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. Recently, Bill began producing podcasts as an alternate way to educate people about house rabbits and their care. (Check out Bill’s podcasts at http://www.rabbit.org/newmexico/podcasts.html)

Bill with Gracie in his hallway "studio" where Gracie lives with Bear bunny

“Like most people, I live a mobile life and I exclusively listen to podcasts in the car rather than the radio. It seemed only natural to bring the pages of www.rabbit.org to a mobile platform so people can learn about buns while they drive. This is how I get my news and hobby information on a daily basis.

As anyone involved in rabbit rescue knows there is a tremendous need for continuing education – for volunteers, foster homes, and adopters. Not everyone enjoys reading books, so podcasts can fill an important educational niche.”

Bill promotes his podcasts through Facebook and encourages new volunteers and adopters to tune for basic information.

Bill also plans to include interviews and information from other HRS chapters: “Send me your MP3 files and I will post them!” He would also like to include video podcasts to show, “buns and bun tune-ups.”

To see video presentations on topics such as disabled rabbit care, alternative medical therapies, dental care, bunny gardening, and game-playing with bunnies, visit San Diego HRS’s Vimeo page. The page is regularly updated with presentations from our Speaker Series.

Bunny drummin’

While my own bunnies will occasionally create their own cacophonous “symphony,” (almost always at 4:27 a.m.) with jar lids, empty oatmeal containers, rattles, boxes, etc. they’ve got nothing on the animated bunny starring in the movie, “Hop,” scheduled for release in April 2011.

Hop, the movie

Starring Russell Brand and James Marsden “Hop” is a blend of animation and live-action. What’s it all about? Fred (James Marsden), an unemployed slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (voiced by Brand). Fred takes in the bunny as he recovers, and as he struggles with his challenging houseguest, both learn what it takes to finally grow up.

Let’s hope this movie doesn’t prompt people to dash out and actually buy “Easter bunnies”….

The trailer features Brand’s bunny character jamming out on the drums to ‘Song 2′ by Blur and the tagline “Candy, Chicks and Rock n’ Roll.

‘Hop’ premieres Apr. 1, 2011 — just in time for Easter! Watch the trailer below.

Vegan Glam

If you’re a fashion-forward vegan, or someone who wants to support cruelty-free products, check out Urban Decay cosmetics, a vegan-friendly cosmetics company that uses insanely hip, fun, and irreverent packaging.

Vegan products include eyeshadows, eyeliners, make-up brushes, fake eyelashes, mineral make-up, nail polish, and lip products (the “Pocket Rocket” lip gloss is divine).

Urban Decay also talks the talk, and walks the walk, by taking a very public stance against animal testing:

Urban Decay is, and always has been, a cruelty-free company. You’ll notice that every box bears our cruelty-free credo: “We don’t do animal testing. How could anyone?” We insist on producing beautiful, irreverent, high-end cosmetics without conducting animal testing.

Products labeled with a pawprint are 100% Vegan.

One popular product is the eyeshadow palette, which even features a bunny on the package (Note: the company recently realized that the “potion primer” included with the palette is not 100% Vegan, so the pawprint has been removed. The eyeshadow itself is still 100% vegan).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette (About $34)