Funny Bunnies

My friend Heidi wanted to have her picture taken with one of my “photo bunnies”. I keep the bunnies for a short time each year to do cute shots with little children. After they have done their work I give them back to the bunny lady. The bunny lady runs a mobile petting zoo for kid’s parties. Her ramshackle property is covered with critters, goats, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, emu, giant tortoises etc. all wandering around together. I always get two of the bunnies to keep each other company and the bunny lady makes sure they are both females so that they won’t do what bunnies do. The one in the picture didn’t get the memo because it is constantly humping the other one. I always name them “Stewart Little” and “Gloves Moran”, “Stew” and “Gloves” for short. When the client asks me what I do with the rabbits after I’m done with them I just say “Stew” and “Gloves” !

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7 Responses to “Funny Bunnies”

  1. jude3obscured Says:

    As a bunny owner, I must protest.

  2. rotobra Says:

    I don’t really turn the bunnies into stew and gloves. We treat the bunnies well. I bring them in a night after losing a few to roving bands of coyotes. These are dwarf pet quality rabbits that are not destined for the table or gloves. The bunny lady will sell them to a pet owner later. Children are generally delighted by them but some react with screams of terror as though you have just thrust a sewer rat into their laps. Occasionally they urinate on the kid’s pretty little Easter outfits. When I first started employing photo bunnies I mistakenly bought baby New Zealand Whites that are bred for meat. They grow into huge aggressive, mean critters that scratch, bark and bite. One of these lept out of my hands one day flying across the room directly onto the face of a toddler drawing blood. Both the child and his mother screamed and I was somewhat mortified. Some retouching and a free portrait soon smoothed things over but I had learned my lesson about proper rabbit selection.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, tales of angry rabbits are legion, in fact. Not *always* the cute, cuddly critter of Easter lore.

    Ours is a doll, though. Although he should get more attention. (Guilt.)

  4. Anonymous Says:

    WTF with this stupid sign-in thing now with WordPress, or otherwise you end up as anonymous?? It’s really annoying. KB, any tech insight for this neo-Luddite?

    (actually, I’m not anti-technology, mostly, just kind of a techno-idiot/too impatient to figure it out.)

  5. rotobra Says:

    Like this The Jimmy Carter rabbit incident, dubbed the “killer rabbit” attack by the media, involved a Swamp Rabbit that caught press imagination after swimming toward then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s fishing boat on April 20, 1979.

    Contents [hide]
    1 Background
    2 Media accounts and public perception
    3 See also
    4 References

    [edit] BackgroundCarter had gone on a solo fishing expedition in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. According to the former president, a rabbit being chased by hounds “jumped in the water and swam toward my boat. When he got almost there, I splashed some water with a paddle.”[1]

    Upon returning to his office, Carter’s staff did not believe his story, insisting that rabbits couldn’t swim, or that they would never approach a person threateningly.[2] The incident was captured on footage taken by a White House photographer.[3]

    [edit] Media accounts and public perceptionPress Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the event to Associated Press correspondent Brooks Jackson on August 28, 1979, who filed the story with the wire service the following day. The story “President Attacked by Rabbit” was carried across the front page of The Washington Post, though the White House’s refusal to release the photograph resulted in the newspaper using a cartoon parody of the Jaws poster labeled “PAWS” as its illustration.[4] The White House still refused to release the photograph of the incident to the media until it turned up during the Reagan administration and the story saw a revival.

    Carter shooing away the rabbit, at far rightIn Press Secretary Powell’s 1986 book The Other Side of the Story, he recounted the story as follows:

    “Upon closer inspection, the animal turned out to be a rabbit. Not one of your cutesy, Easter Bunny-type rabbits, but one of those big splay-footed things that we called swamp rabbits when I was growing up.”

    “The animal was clearly in distress, or perhaps berserk. The President confessed to having had limited experience with enraged rabbits. He was unable to reach a definite conclusion about its state of mind. What was obvious, however, was that this large, wet animal, making strange hissing noises and gnashing its teeth, was intent upon climbing into the Presidential boat.”

    The incident with the rabbit became fodder for political and ideological opponents who attempted to frame Carter’s presidency as hapless and enfeebled.[5]

    The incident was also parodied by Grammy Award-winning folk singer Tom Paxton in his song “I Don’t Want a Bunny Wunny” which appears on his 1980 album The Paxton Report. The lyrics can be found here.

  6. rotobra Says:

    I Don’t Want a Bunny Wunny
    Words and Music by Tom Paxton
    President Carter got into his boat;
    Wasn’t in a hurry, wanted to float.
    Think about the country, think about sin.
    Along swum a rabbit, and he tried to climb in.
    (spoken) “And what did Jimmy say?”

    [Cho:]
    “I don’t want a bunny wunny in my little row boat,
    In my little row boat in the pond.
    For the bunny might be crazy and he’ll bite me in the throat,
    In my little row boat in the pond.”

    Look at him swimming, look at him fly,
    Ears laid back and a gleam in his eye!
    Hissing through his front teeth, swimming like a seal!
    If you were the President, how would you feel?
    You’d prob’ly say,

    [Cho:]

    President Carter saved the day;
    Splashed with the paddle, rabbit swam away.
    Jimmy was a hero, felt it in his bones,
    Said in the words of John Paul Jones,

    [Cho:]

  7. I enjoy these critters in our yard and our cats rarely mess with them. Al saw a tiny one drinking coffee one morning out back (Al, not Silly Rabbit drinking the coffee). This is the best portrait lately but am always on the prowl for bugs, plants, flowers, and etc.

    Would like to see photographs of Mimosas blooming its one of the biggest photography challenges I have had in the past. The whole tree not just the flower but either is no cake.

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