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at least they weren't set on fire

kinda cool, kinda creepy, kinda horrible

I just found out that one of the biological science instructors here breeds rabbits. There is a genuine absentminded professor who brings me STACKS of forms to process and while I do them he sits at my desk and tells me stories. I recently learned he used to be an acrobat! He did flips and stuff until he missed the mat one day. He shared that story when he noticed a Cirque du Soleil poster on my wall. Anyway, he used to breed rabbits but got busy working on some other project and how he's back in the rabbit breeding business. He’s managed through successive generations to breed spotted rabbits such that they look like leopards and striped rabbits like tigers. He’s currently working on cheetah spots. He also breeds/trains Australian Shepherds and he has planned on breeding a rabbit with the exact markings as an Australian Shepherd. He told me how he planned on doing it but I just nodded and smiled at the genetics parts – still, it was really interesting. What he’s doing with the rabbits is in preparation for him eventually to apply to control the spots on Australian Shepherds. He’s not really doing it to write a paper or prove a theory but he may so if you ever see anything in the papers or FFA journals or whatever then I know that guy!

I asked how many successive generations it took to get the results he wanted and how long it took to get to this point (thinking it would take years) but he said that rabbits breed like, well, rabbits. So every 6 months you can start a new set. I had not even enough time to wrap my head around that concept and wonder at how many rabbits he must have at his house before he made the statement "and the rejects and extras can be made into stew!" It was such a cheerful voice that I wasn't shocked and horrified at first! But I have eaten rabbit stew before so I shouldn't get holier than thou, I suppose.

He also sells/gives them away to people. I'm so tempted!!!



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May. 22nd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Kinda creepy, kinda horrible.. but I also kinda want one.

He'd make a billion dollars selling leopard and tiger rabbits at Easter.

May. 24th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I kinda want one, too! but we are not allowed to have any more animals!!!!
but maybe. argh!!
May. 23rd, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
hey ..... as long as his rabbits don't turn out like this:
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and he doesn't look like this:
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i think it's all good!

rabbit meat .... i had it once accidentally ..... didnt really taste all that great .... don't really see any reason to go out of my way to eat rabbit.
May. 23rd, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
you really are a movie geek. Good love you. Kenton swears he told you guys there was meat in the stuff. Oppsy.
The pelts for the oddly colored rabbits sell well, they don't really get kept as pets as much as you might think. Yeah I know, it's horrible but you know, I'm living in leather and pelt land here, I think I'm going a little numb.
May. 24th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
oooooh - that Native American Festival TOTALLY freaked me out with all the pelts and bones and turtle shell. I can't imagine you going numb - it must be highly prevalent up there to have that kind of effect on you.
May. 24th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
eeeew!! what is that first one? is it Harry and the Hendersons?!?!?

and who is the second one!?!? I don't even have a guess!!! he kinda looks like the albino from the Princess Bride?

I would have expected a Holy Grail picture!! Not no ordinary rabbit!
May. 24th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
haha ...... both pictures are from the 1996 "Island Of Dr. Moreau" ..... the first picture is of the character Hyena, and the second is Marlon "I've-Lost-Control-Of-My-Diet" Brando ..... it's a BIZARRE movie ..... i wouldn't recommend it ... i just thought it was appropriate to your original post .... the whole cross breeding

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May. 23rd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
I had pan-fried rabbit once, the one week I spent on a farm. It's a cliche, but I really did think it tasted like chicken.
May. 24th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
i was totally mixed up in the first place. i had lamb stew not rabbit stew. i don't think i have ever had rabbit at all. i'm willing to try it and i'm okay with people eating/cooking meat. i was just stunned because in my head i was picturing all the cute little cheetah bunnies and suddenly they were in a pot. and he said it so matter-of-factly!

i imagine in stew you don't really taste what it is.
May. 23rd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmm........ rabbit.............

I enjoy a nice rabbit stew, but there tends to not be enough meat on them. See if he can fix THAT and I have some chefs that would be very interested indeed!

May. 24th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
hey - that's a good idea. i wonder if he could do that?? i hope he brings in pictures or something. i'm totally fascinated by the idea of rabbit dogs and rabbit cheetahs!
May. 23rd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
You are making me drool over here. I have only had Rabbit twice since I left Fort Walton, both times in Virginia. It's been /years/ since I've had the chance.

Not that I thought it tasted like chicken... It definitely has it's own flavor.
May. 24th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
i have never had it. after i posted i realized it was lamb stew, not rabbit stew that i'd had. i am curious now what it tastes like! but there's no way i'm gonna kill and cook it myself!!
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