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Scottish rabbit in the headlights meets Scottish van drivers who refuse to squash a little Scottish rabbit who won't give way.
posted by Caskeum (68 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

 
The way that rabbit was weaving back and forth, I think maybe he should have been pulled over for a breath test.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:12 AM on October 11, 2013


"Its fucking getting faster!", "Its fucking sprinting!" had me dying.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:14 AM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


"Go awee!" got me.
posted by Beardman at 11:17 AM on October 11, 2013 [8 favorites]


my fave was "this is a fookin wind-up!"
posted by gorbichov at 11:18 AM on October 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think the problem here is that they are driving on the wrong side of the road.
posted by poe at 11:20 AM on October 11, 2013 [10 favorites]


The rabbit apparently is local (as opposed to a tourist). It knows the correct side of the road to travel on there.
posted by lampshade at 11:20 AM on October 11, 2013


They did not record the part where they got to the next town and heard about the rabbit who was killed on that road years ago, but is seen every year on the anniversary the accident....

Later, they find a strange carrot stuck in their rear bumper.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:20 AM on October 11, 2013 [84 favorites]


Scottish van drivers who refuse to squash a little Scottish rabbit

The van drivers were evidently and eminently Scottish, but I'm skeptical as to the little rabbit's Caledonian credentials. For one thing, he wasn't even wearing a tam o'shanter.
posted by Iridic at 11:21 AM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


So it was that El-Ahrairah craftily lured the truck away so that the other rabbits were safe, but this was no small feat, and he was tired for a day and a night afterwards.
posted by cmyk at 11:25 AM on October 11, 2013 [71 favorites]


Something similar happened to me coming back from New Hampshire late at night. Driving on this lonely country road in rural Quebec there was a tiny bunny running for his life in front of my car. This went on for a few miles.

I did not squish it either.
posted by Kitteh at 11:32 AM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:35 AM on October 11, 2013 [37 favorites]


Insert obligatory "That's nae ordinary rabbit!" quote.
posted by Doktor Zed at 11:37 AM on October 11, 2013 [12 favorites]


Was I the only one who thought, "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!"?
posted by angiep at 11:38 AM on October 11, 2013 [14 favorites]


Why not stop and let him get away?
posted by hat_eater at 11:39 AM on October 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


"Why's it not like to go in the grass?"
"Cause there's beasties in there!"

That's where the giggling turned into Halp I Cannot Stop howling.
posted by cmyk at 11:40 AM on October 11, 2013 [15 favorites]


I guess a rabbit is a sort of huge mouse.

But great mouse, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o' lagormorphs
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:43 AM on October 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


How can a van not be faster than a rabbit? It was using the other lane a couple of times, couldn't they have passed it?
posted by Omnomnom at 11:46 AM on October 11, 2013


Why not stop and let him get away?

They did, a couple of times, and the rabbit apparently stopped, too. They also tried to drive around it in the other lane, but it wanders across the line to stay in front of them. Perhaps the rabbit was trying to lure them to their doom.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:47 AM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


at about 2:45 you hear the commentary that made the second-highest-rated youtube comment.
posted by sutt at 11:48 AM on October 11, 2013


How can a van not be faster than a rabbit? It was using the other lane a couple of times, couldn't they have passed it?

Well in the end they may or may not have done. They tried to overtake and drive around it. Whether the rabbit threw itself beneath the wheels seems mysterious, although the noises they made were ominous.
posted by howfar at 11:55 AM on October 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well in the end they may or may not have done. They tried to overtake and drive around it. Whether the rabbit threw itself beneath the wheels seems mysterious, although the noises they made were ominous.

Craig Woods 20 hours ago
The rabbit did not die! I wouldn't haven't posted the video if we had :)
posted by walrus at 11:56 AM on October 11, 2013 [11 favorites]


"Well, that certainly illustrarates the diversity of the word."
posted by ob1quixote at 11:57 AM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't understand.

Why didn't they just punch the rabbit?

Are they even Scottish?
posted by srboisvert at 11:59 AM on October 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


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posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:02 PM on October 11, 2013 [26 favorites]


Those of you who haven't had the pleasure of seeing the movie "Local Hero" should make a point of watching it after watching this video, as it was the previous title holder for "Most Amusing Scottish Discussion of a Rabbit in the Road". To wit:

"Do y'think we should put it out of its misery?"
"What do you mean!!?"
"Kill it! Hit it with somethin' heavy!"
"We already did that with a two ton automobile!"
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:11 PM on October 11, 2013 [8 favorites]


And that's why we have lamping.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:23 PM on October 11, 2013


If that had been a Celtic rabbit something tells me they'd have ran right o'er it
posted by gnuhavenpier at 12:24 PM on October 11, 2013


They did not record the part where they got to the next town and heard about the rabbit who was killed on that road years ago, but is seen every year on the anniversary the accident....

Later, they find a strange carrot stuck in their rear bumper.


Someone alert Sam & Dean Winchester!
posted by Mick at 12:30 PM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


Just stop and turn off the damn headlights for thirty seconds -- let the beast's eyes recover so it can see in the dark, and it'll head off into the bushes. As long as it's night-blind it can't see anything except the road. It runs where it can see where it's going. Works for deer too (and the fawns will come out to cross the road to follow their mother, so wait a bit longer)

This is why rabbit death coaches do -not- say "go toward the light ..."
posted by hank at 12:32 PM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


Okay NOW maybe you guys will believe me when I explain about the conversational swearing.
posted by DarlingBri at 12:41 PM on October 11, 2013 [11 favorites]


I've watched it twice now, and the only two words I can get are 'fucking' and 'rabbit.'
posted by mudpuppie at 12:45 PM on October 11, 2013 [19 favorites]


that rabbit made out better than this one (trigger warning: OMG BUNNY NO!!)
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:52 PM on October 11, 2013


Damn, only came in here to bag the Local Hero reference but was well beaten to it by Ipsifendus.
posted by George_Spiggott at 12:56 PM on October 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


This perfectly illustrates the reason prey animals have their eyes on the sides of their heads, while predators have eyes on the front of their face. The rabbit is weaving back and forth in order to keep the pursuer in view as it keeps it as far away as possible. The poor bunny has no reason to believe that the monster chasing it will keep going straight if he makes a sharp Left or Right. A sharp turn will only bring him closer to the predator and allow him to close the distance and bite off his flufftail.

I had a long time to consider this once, while driving at night on a dirt road in the Mojave Desert. Crawling at 5 mph as a tiny cottontail was trying it's best to escape. There were ~1 foot dirt berms on the side of the road, making escape even trickier for the rabbit. Stopping the truck only gave the rabbit time to pause and catch it's breath. Turning off the lights made no difference. He finally got desperate enough to dive into a bush at the side of the road.
posted by Anoplura at 1:04 PM on October 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


Night Of The Hrududu
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 1:15 PM on October 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


How about this: stop the truck. Have your buddy get out and try to "catch" it, from a direction perpendicular to the direction of the road. Word "catch" in quotes because he won't, but it'll cause the rabbit to flee in a direction off the road to the side.
posted by JHarris at 1:37 PM on October 11, 2013


Rabbits will curve away but ony at the last moment. So just close in and the rabbit will do a sudden turn away.
posted by Authorized User at 1:49 PM on October 11, 2013


How about this: stop the truck. Have your buddy get out and try to "catch" it, from a direction perpendicular to the direction of the road. Word "catch" in quotes because he won't, but it'll cause the rabbit to flee in a direction off the road to the side.
posted by JHarris at 1:37 PM on October 11


Q: How do you catch a unique rabbit?
A: You 'neak up on 'em.

Q: How do you catch at tame rabbit?
A: Tame way! You 'neak up on 'em.
posted by Anoplura at 1:52 PM on October 11, 2013 [8 favorites]


Also, it's night and the lights are bright. The only thing the rabbit can see is what's directly in front of the van. For all the rabbit knows, he IS running in circles.
posted by klanawa at 1:56 PM on October 11, 2013


Someone alert Sam & Dean Winchester!

No this clearly a job for Icarus, the supernatural pig, who investigates all manners of paranormal phonenonenon on in the animal kingdom.
posted by The Whelk at 2:32 PM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


The rabbit is a big fan of Damon Lindelof.
posted by kyrademon at 2:52 PM on October 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Run Rabbit Run
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:56 PM on October 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Nobody's posted this yet? Too obvious?
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 3:21 PM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


fearfulsymmetry - thank you for that link!! it was the first thing I thought of, and had lost my link to the song.
posted by dbmcd at 3:43 PM on October 11, 2013


You can never watch enough Dad's Army
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:29 PM on October 11, 2013


Run Rabbit Run

The song that popped into my head was the local version in Maori that is sung by school children here.
posted by netd at 5:15 PM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


that rabbit made out better than this one

If the hawk hadn't got it another rabbit probably would have. Many years ago I was at a nature center where the staff were furiously trying to catch an ex-pet rabbit which had been released by its well-meaning ex-owners. The staff explained that if they didn't get it the other rabbits would; they're highly territorial and vicious about it.

And of course you don't release a juvenile herbivore in the middle of an open lawn unless your plan is to feed the local raptors. Ever hear of cover, people?
posted by localroger at 5:54 PM on October 11, 2013


Thank you for that, I can't stop laughing
Good one
posted by beer4meok at 6:01 PM on October 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Makes me proud, there.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:13 PM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


It really sounds like they ran it over at the very end, which is upsetting. In fact, the whole video really stressed me out. It was funny, but I was worried that even if they didn't hit it, it would die of heart failure, anyway.

So, it's 1982, I've just turned 18, it's the fall after I graduated from high school, and I'm working at my first full-time job as the overnight disc-jockey at the #1 country music AM radio station in the area, that being eastern New Mexico. The radio station is outside of Clovis, in the country, surrounded by farmland.

Every night, every goddamned night, at 11:45 PM, as I drive on the road leading to the station, anywhere from three to a dozen jackrabbits will run out into the road in front of my car. I am tenderhearted when it comes to animals, and so of course I swerve and brake, but given the numbers of the rabbits, and their propensity to stay in front of my car, almost every night I run over one. I think the first and second times, I almost cried.

So this kept happening. I'd drive slow, didn't help. I'd miss some, and then a ways down the road, some more would run out in front of me and I'd hit one. They must have been eating something in the field, I don't know.

Eventually, I just started getting pissed off. Those rabbits just pissed me the hell off. They were throwing themselves in front of my car. I'm going out of my way to avoid them, and they go out of their way to get run over.

Finally I decided that I'd stop worrying about it and hope that eventually natural selection would do its magic.

Stupid fucking rabbits.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:19 PM on October 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


I've watched it twice now, and the only two words I can get are 'fucking' and 'rabbit.'

That's the important part.
posted by Foosnark at 6:30 PM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


It really sounds like they ran it over at the very end, which is upsetting.

Read the YouTube comments -- the guy who posted it says they didn't. Yay for the bunny!
posted by JHarris at 7:43 PM on October 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, good. That's a relief.

How'd they expect to inform anyone of this via a YouTube comment? I mean, really.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:50 PM on October 11, 2013


I scared my dog off the bed with my howls. Just the spot after a week of the settling in fall depression.
posted by kanata at 8:18 PM on October 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love when it stops to take a pee and then comes richt back oot.
posted by salishsea at 9:44 PM on October 11, 2013


"That's not a rabbit, that's a hare."

"Could be a hare..."

"It's a cunt, that's what it is."
posted by XMLicious at 10:55 PM on October 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


I dub thee, rabbit, Little Nash Rambler.
posted by maryr at 8:46 AM on October 12, 2013


Perhaps the rabbit was trying to lure them to their doom.

Ah, I've finally found it.
posted by hat_eater at 10:25 AM on October 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow. uNEXPEcTED is right. I love the idea of a horror comic whose entire premise is terrible deus ex machina endings.

Here, have some HURR HURR HURR.
posted by JHarris at 11:05 AM on October 12, 2013


"That's not a rabbit, that's a hare."

According to my brother, who is a farmer in Scotland:
"This was definitely a hare. When a rabbit runs away from you, you see the white of its tail flashing at you as it goes. But I have had a determined hare in front of me many times - they just don't want to get off the road."
posted by rongorongo at 3:45 PM on October 12, 2013


In Sherman Alexie's "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," there is a rabbit who seems to throw itself under the wheels of the car just out of nowhere. So I guess this is a rabbit thing?
posted by angrycat at 7:01 AM on October 13, 2013


The Craig who commented on Youtube about not running over the rabbit is a different Craig than the one who posted the video. Now I don't what to believe. :(
posted by book 'em dano at 9:25 AM on October 13, 2013


+1 That's a hare.
+1 didn't end well

At least the fecker was trying to get away.
Unlike a crowd of preening, macho pheasant who were far more concerned with losing face than with getting out of the way. I actually had to come to a complete stop, but watching the 7 or so birds extract themselves from their car/rival conundrum was an exercise in power broking.
posted by BadMiker at 7:17 PM on October 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Couldn't understand any of that.
posted by sweetkid at 7:27 PM on October 13, 2013


The Craig who commented on Youtube about not running over the rabbit is a different Craig than the one who posted the video. Now I don't [know] what to believe.

It seems like a car, coming in the other direction [see headlights at 5:00] squashes the hare while our heroes react in dismay. So it's true (after all that), they didn't run over it.

p.s. Local Hero is one of my favorite all-time movies. A gem in so many different ways.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:12 PM on October 13, 2013


It seems like a car, coming in the other direction [see headlights at 5:00] squashes the hare while our heroes react in dismay.

Except that's a two lane road. If those are headlights, then that car was on the wrong side.

The hare lived, damnit!
posted by howfar at 5:38 PM on October 14, 2013


Living in a suburban/near rural area, I can say it's not (just) the headlights. I've had squirrels, chipmunks, and once even a turkey all run away the same direction I was going during broad daylight. The turkey was the strangest. It just kept it's lopping run when it could have darted into the bushes or even flown away. "What are you doing, turkey?!" I kept asking it.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 1:20 AM on October 16, 2013


p.s. Local Hero is one of my favorite all-time movies. A gem in so many different ways.
Then you would love this documentary about the making of the film.
They talk about Bill Forsyth's weaving in of mythology into the plot - mermaids, portals to other dimensions (the phone box) and so on. In this context the celtic view of the rabbit as a symbol could be important: the moon, fertility, femininity and change. And casserole du lapin.

As for hares (not silly old rabbits) - well you'll remember May Morrison's shop in The Wicker Man.
posted by rongorongo at 2:20 AM on October 16, 2013


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