by Kimberly A. Cook (Twitter@ WarriorTales)
This Sunday many folks will be celebrating Easter. But almost everyone can use it as a great excuse to eat chocolate. I am a huge rabbit fan and the Easter Bunny and I go way back. Growing up my neighbors had a pet rabbit and we had a wild rabbit show up in our backyard. Love those bunnies!
This fixation of mine created some interesting moments while traveling in Istanbul, Turkey in 1983. I was collecting a rabbit figurine in each of the 16 countries on our organized camping tour. My 27 camper buds were always on the lookout for rabbits for me even though one former Australian sailor referred to it as “Bunny Hell.” I think he was kidding.
Needless to say, at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul the whole “bunny rabbit” concept was not getting across. I was making ear signs and hopping and doing all sorts of things to try to get my message across. The vendors kept shoving camel and cat figurines at me. No bunnies. It wasn’t until later we thought maybe there are no rabbits in Turkey. Who knows?
But we have very special rabbits here in Oregon as part of the Endangered Species Program. Along with the Oregon Zoo’s work breeding California Condors we have the mighty Dwarf Pygmy Rabbits. They have returned bunnies to the wild since this video, but here is an intro on Dwarf Pygmy Rabbits 101. Happy Quirky Friday. Go bunnies!