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Little bun in the big city

Rose Kennedy Greenway rabbit

Jorge APB spotted this rabbit on the Greenway today.

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Elmer? Where are you?

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I see 15 a day so what? C'mon real shit is poppin' in the bean old man!

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Scroll down, young dude.

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New here?

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I don't generally spot them in winter. Startled a tiny bun like this the other day on my way out.

I give the last word to our brilliant local XKCD.

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I've seen rabbits out on every single evening commute, and just about everywhere around the city. They are most populous along the Mystic River, from Assembly Square Station to Riverside Ave.

Even in the dead of winter, they bun bun run along in my headlight.

One of my kid's teachers was a big bunfan - he'd have that app if it were real! I told him about the riverbuns and he sat on a bench and waited for bun bun heaven to surround him.

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You do not want a rabbit inside your house. They are cute as buttons, and can be very affectionate and entertaining. They are also destructive as hell. Things they will chew on: electrical cords, baseboards, furniture -- including upholstery, shoelaces, jeans, DVD cases, books, magazines, and anything made of paper, wood, or cloth. The only way to stop them chewing up your home is to feed them constantly. If you must have a rabbit, keep it outside.

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Remote control buttons apparently taste like candy to rabbits. They love to chew the things off. Using the remote afterward is not so lovely, especially if you needed the labels printed on those buttons.

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Many years ago, when our older daughter was in first grade, we unexpectedly ended up keeping the "class rabbit" (which each kid could take home for a short visit) long term because his owner, the teacher, became very ill and my wife was the only parent she trusted to look after him for an extended period. We couldn't keep him outside, so we bunny-proofed our place as much as possible, but he still found things to chew on.
Worse, the bunny was pretty old, and increasingly cranky -- might have even suffered from dementia. If you did something he didn't like, such as walking away from petting him, he would charge at you menacingly a la the rabbit in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." It got to the point where our kids were often terrified of him. But the bunny only lived a couple of months (his owner a little longer than that).
Postscript: By the time our younger daughter went into first grade, fortunately, there was a new, far more mellow class rabbit we were happy to have come visit.

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Wild rabbits bolt across East Broadway near M Street Park in Southie all the time. Real city dwellers!

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Doooooor
Aaaaaaah
Bil

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Between the turkeys, coyotes and rabbits it's getting to be likeH living in the Enchanted Forest around here....

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Anyone for setting up a hare-tortoise race?

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...hippity hoppity Easter's on its way.

True and stupid pointless story: I tried feeding a raw carrot to a bunny in the Fens' Victory Gardens last summer and it looked at me like I had three heads.

One more true stupid pointless story: Squirrels on Boston Common do not like plain donuts, they will shun them. They prefer sugary donuts only. On a side note, I no longer feed the squirrels after one ran up my leg (I wasn't feeding them, just standing there without food taking a photo). When I tried to shake the squirrel off, it dug in with its sharp little claws through my jeans which drew blood. I have a mild to moderate fear of rabies, so I was a little freaked out.

The End.

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How cute.

The second it goes to cross a road to find new territory, it's toast.

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Otherwise, how are they getting to be everywhere all over the city these days? How did it get on the Greenway to begin with?

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By breeding like rabbits, that's how. There's a reason rabbits are used as the standard for fecundity.

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Breeding alone doesn't put them on the Greenway or in highway medians. You can't breed your way across a major roadway - you need to hop, too.

The Citibuns are often rather blase about cyclists and quite aware of traffic. Adaptation!

Perhaps the loose chickens shall lead them?

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I'm sensing some underlying and unresolved issues regarding your very strong feelings about rabbits?

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I currently live with one, which in a weak moment, I let my daughter adopt. Big mistake. We can't replace our worn-out sofa, because he'd eat a new one. Do you know how much MacBook power cords cost? A lot. Dish has been very nice about giving me a new remote. Twice. My wife won't agree to park the rabbit outside (she doesn't have to repair any of the damage.) I'm waiting for it to grow old and die.

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