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Suspiciously Playful Bunny Is Pot Grower's Undoing

Pinpon unwittingly led authorities straight to the marijuana plants

(Newser) - One girl's pet bunny in Huaura, Peru, apparently had a hard time playing it cool when he stumbled onto a secret marijuana stash in a neighboring home; he seemed suspiciously frisky every time he returned from his recurring escape. So she took it upon herself to follow her little... More »

'Traumatizing' Rabbit Classic Getting a Remake

Ben Kingsley, John Boyega to star in 'Watership Down'

(Newser) - Ben Kingsley has played Gandhi, Sweeney Todd, and now … a rabbit? The esteemed English actor will team up with John Boyega (Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to star in an animated remake of what Indiewire calls "everyone's favorite traumatizing book for children": Richard Adams' 1972... More »

US Cases of Dangerous 'Rabbit Fever' Are Spiking

It's spread to people through contact with infected animals, ticks

(Newser) - A disease thought to have the potential for use in biological warfare is on the rise in the US. The CDC warns that the rare bacterial disease "rabbit fever," or tularemia—spread by ticks and rabbits—has turned up in 100 people across four states as of Sept.... More »

Washington Town's Woe: Bunnies and Their Feces

Hundreds of rabbits are wreaking havoc on this island hamlet

(Newser) - Apparently the rabbits on Washington state's Whidbey Island are going at it like, well, rabbits. The population in the town of Langley, home to barely more than 1,000 humans, is now numbering into the hundreds, reports NBC News , with residents saying "we've never seen it like... More »

News Anchor Loses It During Kardashian Segment

"This family, I'm sick of this family!": Florida's John Brown

(Newser) - It can be mentally and emotionally draining being a news anchor. It surely must take a toll on your soul to report day in and day out on the complexities of ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal—and, for one Florida newscaster, the Kardashians. Viewers witnessed John Brown's distress over... More »

Radio DJ Kills Bunny With Bicycle Pump Live on Air

To provoke debate about 'hypocrisy' of animal welfare debate

(Newser) - A Danish radio DJ chose a controversial way of drawing attention to what he sees as the flawed debate over animal welfare: He hit a 9-week-old rabbit named Allan three times with an iron bicycle pump while on the air Monday, then wrung its neck. Later, Asger Juhl of Radio24syv... More »

DEA Agent Warns Utah of Pot-Crazed Rabbits

He argues against legalization of medical pot

(Newser) - People who advocate legalizing medical marijuana in Utah clearly haven't given much thought to the risk of pot-crazed rabbits running wild, a DEA agent testified last week. Special Agent Matt Fairbanks told a state Senate hearing about how in the course of his marijuana eradication work, he had encountered... More »

High School Teacher Kills, Skins Rabbit in Class

Idaho district apologizes after parents complain

(Newser) - A high school science lesson got a little too graphic for some students and parents in Idaho: A 10th-grade biology teacher has apologized after bringing a rabbit into class, breaking its neck, and then skinning it in front of the class, reports KTVB . The teacher didn't clear the lesson... More »

Feds Demand Magician Submit Rabbit 'Disaster Plan'

USDA backtracks on rule after case publicized

(Newser) - Marty the Magician is no stranger to red tape—the Department of Agriculture has long required him to have a license for the rabbit he uses in his act—but even he was surprised when the government ordered him to pull a rabbit disaster plan out of his hat. Under... More »

Celeb Bunny Meets Untimely Demise

Earless German rabbit stepped on by cameraman

(Newser) - An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany's celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was accidentally stepped on by a television cameraman. The fate of 17-day-old Til, a bunny with a genetic defect, was plastered across... More »

Giant Bunny Fossils Discovered Off Spain

'King of rabbits' was 6 times the size of modern bunnies

(Newser) - On the Spanish island of Minorca up to 5 million years ago, the rabbit was king. Researchers there have discovered fossils belonging to the biggest-ever member of the bunny family, LiveScience reports. Nuralagus rex, weighing in at some 26 pounds—about six times the size of modern rabbits—had largely... More »

In China, Bunny Frenzy Breeds Trouble

Buyers scramble for lucky but troublesome pets for Year of the Rabbit

(Newser) - The Year of the Rabbit begins tomorrow, and China is facing something that wasn't an issue for the Year of the Tiger: a surplus of New Year pets. Rabbits represent beauty and wealth in Chinese tradition, and the country has seen a frenzy of rabbit-buying in recent weeks. But many... More »

Americans Learn to Say 'Mmm, Rabbit'

Furry friends are also perfect food animal for budding DIY farmers

(Newser) - Rabbit as food is a troubling conceit for many Americans—“it’s this weird association with Easter,” a chef says—but the animal is taking off with a small group of budding butchers, urban farmers, and those just enamored of its lean, healthy meat. “This is my... More »

Woman Spends $16K to Look Like Jessica Rabbit

British great-grandmother indulges her toon obsession

(Newser) - A 57-year-old British great-grandmother is obsessed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and especially with Roger's wife, Jessica—so obsessed that she spent $16,000 to look like the toon siren. "I just think she's a very sexy cartoon," Annette Edwards says in an interview with This Morning, during... More »

What's Up, Doc? Cawwot Bombs in Sweden!

(Newser) - Swedes got a scare this weekend after an artist wrapped bunches of carrots with black tape to make them look a bit like dynamite, attached clocks and wires and placed them around the southern city of Orebo. Police received several concerned calls from the public about the "Bunny Project:... More »

Tim Gunn Goes to Bat for Bunnies

Grisly video appeal asks designer to lay off rabbit fur

(Newser) - Project Runway's favorite nice guy Tim Gunn is joining the anti-fur PETA campaign with a personal video plea to designers amid shocking images of screaming skinned rabbits, reports the New York Post. PETA is focusing on designers using rabbit fur from China, where there are no animal protection laws. Any... More »

Serial Bunny Killer Plagues German Town

Rabbits are snatched from cages and beheaded

(Newser) - A special bunny task force has been established in the German town of Witten to track down a mystery serial killer who's been beheading pet rabbits for a year, Der Speigel reports. At least 40 rabbits have been snatched from cages in the area. Their corpses are usually left behind.... More »

Giant Bunnies Hit Silver Screen

Doc details how N. Korean officials devoured monster rabbits meant for poor

(Newser) - Giant bunnies overran the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, reports Der Spiegel—in the form of a 5-minute documentary on the international intrigue that ensued when a German rabbit breeder sent a dozen of his 20-pounders to North Korea to be bred to help alleviate hunger. Instead, they met a tragic... More »

Kim Jong-Il Ate My Giant Bunnies!

And German rabbit farmer is hopping mad...

(Newser) - Karl Szmolinsky sent giant rabbits to North Korea to alleviate hunger, and Kim Jong-Il ate them. The German rabbit farmer suspects that the twelve "German Grey Giants" he sent to the country were eaten at a birthday banquet for the dictator instead of being used in a breeding program... More »

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