“We’re always on the side of the animal that’s being chased. We always seem to be on the side of the rabbit or the fox and not on the side of the hounds.” –Norman Jewison
For those of you who are fans of Punk Rock, Post-Punk, or New Wave music, you definitely need to check out the French group, Nouvelle Vague. Performing only covers of well-known songs in those genres, they present them in a light, poppy way that’s reminiscent of such bizarre albums as Lounge Against the Machine. Only, it’s much more “art” than it is novelty, at least to my ears. For this weekend’s diversion, I present to you their cover of Echo & the Bunnymen‘s hit song,
And this is real: there are agility rabbits! Invented in Sweden about 30 years ago, and called Kaninhop, they’ve actually trained rabbits to do showjumping.
You might look at the above photo and say to yourself, “Wait, is that a leash on that rabbit?”
Oh yes, yes it is. And there’s a good reason for it!
In order to avoid what they call “uncontrolled reproduction,” male rabbits absolutely must be leashed. To quote Jena bunny hopping club founder, Claudia Fehlen,
We use them in tournaments for safety. Just think of what would happen if a male were to break free. We want to avoid uncontrolled reproduction. It has happened before.
In addition to the showjumping, there’s also a rabbit high-jump competition!
Who knew that this event was out there? And yet, it’s kind of amazing that one can train rabbits to do this.
For those of you who need to see a video (warning: contains You’re the Best as an audio track), I’ve got you covered.