Gung Hay Fat Choy
Happy Chinese New Year. This year it is the the turn of the humble rabbit to take over from the tiger. I am not an expert on Chinese horoscopes or the symbols, but rabbits are definitely the better choice for a pet!
Apparently this year it is a metal rabbit. Probably just as well if the rabbit, like the one in the picture, is a resident of the campus at UVic (the University of Victoria). Anyone whose been there will tell you that there are a lot of rabbits there. In fact if you want to embarrass your teenager when visting the campus, there is no better way than to run after the rabbits and try to make friends with them. Even taking photos is pretty uncool. Just ignore them and you’ll blend in with the students who treat them as an unseen part of their environment.
Sadly, to my view, the authorities (“The Man”?) want to rid the campus of the rabbits. This must be some kind of un-Canadian fit. How politically incorrect surely?
Apparently there were 1500 rabbits on the campus. That is a lot of rabbits. Or was. Now there are only about 50. And no, they were not sent to the great rabbit hutch in the sky (that would be un-Canadian). They were relocated, many emigrating to Colorado and Texas.
The bad news is that the remaining bunnies, despite it being their year, have to be gone by the end of February. Otherwise they will be off to that hutch in the sky.
I doubt it will come to that as Canada is pretty keen on preserving wildlife. Anyone visting UVic can, at the risk of being uncool, try catching one – perhaps saving its life will save you from being uncool?