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bunny hopping
posted by tybeet at 1:26 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

This is my favorite post ever. Our bunnies can jump super high, but only on their own terms-- I can't imagine any way to induce them to jump on cue, or I'd probably spend my days doing nothing but training them. I ran the idea past them one day, but they just pleaded for carrots with their eyes.
posted by baphomet at 1:29 PM on November 18, 2008

Seriously, this is the best post in the history of MetaFilter. I wish I could favorite it a million times. I can't believe there is bunny agility. You throw a couple Jack Russel terriers in there and you would really have something.
posted by The Bellman at 1:35 PM on November 18, 2008

This is amazing, I had no idea bunny show jumping is (allegedly) a swedish invention! When I grew up - in the suburbs outside of Stockholm, natch - a few of my neighbours were really into bunny show jumping. Every weekend when the weather permitted they were out with their bunnies, show jumping around. This must've been around 1987, 1988 or so, so I guess they really were trailblazers. How cool! If only I'd known, I could've been there, joined a grassroots movement in more than one way. And to think I hated the suburb for its lack of DIY spirit! I must reappraise my whole adolescence!

In 1986, the first Swedish championship in Kaninhoppning and hosts of SM was Varalöv Rabbit Club. (...) The winner was Anna Widén and her rabbit Lille Skutt from Varberg.

Fun fact (or not), "Lille Skutt" is also the name of a very popular and swedish cartoon character/sidekick. The comic in which he lives is called Bamse, and if you're a swedish kid and born 1960 or later, you've read it growing up. And you've probably also learned a few life lessons from Bamse along the way. Life lessons such as: "The only villain that is depicted as unredeemable is Krösus Sork ("Croesus Vole"), a crude capitalist who will do practically anything for money. This, together with the overall focus on sharing and some of the "school" pages making pro-Chinese and Vietnam statements, has led some people to accuse the series of promoting communism." [citation needed]

Damn straight! You could always tell if your friends parents were right wing, if they were, your friends subscribed to Donald Duck, haha!

Aaaaanyway, lovely post and I kinda got carried away here, but hooray for bunny show jumping gotta love it, favorited.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:36 PM on November 18, 2008 [3 favorites]

Bunny steeplechase!
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:37 PM on November 18, 2008

first link: most inappropriate use of techno ever?
posted by es_de_bah at 1:42 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

Why does this seem so quintessentially Scandinavian?
posted by leotrotsky at 1:49 PM on November 18, 2008

Two bunny posts in one day? Excellent! Metachat has leaked into Metafilter in a good way.
posted by rmless at 1:50 PM on November 18, 2008

Is there a swimming event?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 1:52 PM on November 18, 2008 [3 favorites]

Thank you, joanne.

I really needed that today.
posted by jason's_planet at 1:55 PM on November 18, 2008

Oh, that kind of bunny. What a disappointment!
posted by Class Goat at 1:59 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

posted by Damn That Television at 2:00 PM on November 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


2 rabbits cut into serving pieces
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion
4 whole cloves
12 whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup port
2 1/2 cups beef stock or bouillion


Stud the peeled onion with the whole cloves. Make a small bouquet garni by tying the peppercorns, parsley, thyme and bay leaf in a small cheesecloth pouch. Preheat oven to 350° F.

Sprinkle rabbit pieces with salt and pepper and sauté in the butter until brown on all sides. Place in a 3 quart casserole. Add salt, bouquet garni and studded onion, followed by the lemon juice, port and stock or boullion. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Ten minutes before it's done, remove the cheesecloth bag. The pan juices can be thickened to make a gravy.
posted by tkchrist at 2:03 PM on November 18, 2008

I like the idea of a competition where it's physically impossible to get mad if you don't win. Total world-wide bunny-dressage-related fisticuffs, 2008: 0.
posted by facetious at 2:11 PM on November 18, 2008

Great post! It's a little disconcerting at first to see these bunnies willingly jump over the obstacles. I guess you just don't expect pet bunnies to do much other than eat, poop and make more bunnies.

(Obligatory Monty Python killer rabbit YT link)
posted by longsleeves at 2:17 PM on November 18, 2008


. . . duck theathon . . . SHOOT!
posted by The Bellman at 2:23 PM on November 18, 2008


I never knew they could leap that far. I am impressed!
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:24 PM on November 18, 2008

I go in stew..
posted by mnology at 2:25 PM on November 18, 2008

I love jumping bunnies. Somewhere I have a picture of our rabbit jumping in such a way that is seems that she is casually hanging out, just, you know, defying gravity and shit.

My wife introduced me to the idea of coursing them a couple of months ago, and while I am a hugely lazy man, I do like the idea of having a little run in our living room. I picture the cats watching in awe and terror1 as the bun raced around, using their perches as hurdles to be vaulted over.

1; all four cats are afraid of the bunny. One will kind of follow her around and gently touch her butt, but beyond that avoids her completely. The bunny is totally indifferent and not impressed with the cats at all.
posted by quin at 2:36 PM on November 18, 2008

Wow. Our fat rabbit needs to shape up.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:46 PM on November 18, 2008

And he washes his face!!! (2nd video) GOLD MEDAL IN THE CUTENESS OLYMPICS!!!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:59 PM on November 18, 2008

Brilliant! Why did it never occur to me that bunnies should do steeplechase? I mean, they hop, and all.
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:01 PM on November 18, 2008

If I were to place a jumpable object in front of my younger bunny (the older one is 10 and is past steeplechasing years now) he would simply look at it with derision. He is not a terribly ambitious rabbit, I'm afraid.

I could put 20 carrots, some broccoli and a walnut on the other side of it and he would not jump over to get them. He would, however, attack the wall with his bunny teeth and bunny pawnails to try to rip it to shreds. Is there a competition for that? He'd be really good at that.
posted by Salmonberry at 4:58 PM on November 18, 2008

*collapses under the weight of cute*
posted by Space Kitty at 6:06 PM on November 18, 2008

the second link, with the automatic swedish->english translation, made me laugh so hard i tooted.

yes, i said tooted.

posted by CitizenD at 6:13 PM on November 18, 2008

So adorable! I'm entertaining thoughts we could get our littlest bun, Beef Wellington, to do some awesome jumps.
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:36 PM on November 18, 2008

When bunnies can do the weave poles, come see me.
posted by netbros at 7:15 PM on November 18, 2008

I would like to watch that fuzzy bunny do the water jump again, preferably in slow motion. Oh thank you!
posted by jessamyn at 8:27 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

The norwegian-based english and techno music added significantly to the experience for me. Yes, very nice.
posted by beerbajay at 12:10 AM on November 19, 2008

Also the adorable swinglish: "Shit happends."
posted by beerbajay at 12:34 AM on November 19, 2008

You know? There's still some good stuff out there in the world...bunny hop!
posted by mightshould at 5:44 AM on November 19, 2008

You throw a couple Jack Russel terriers in there and you would really have something.

Namely, dead bunnies. Jack Russells are cute, but they tend to kill things. They're ratters. It's what they do.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:18 PM on November 19, 2008

Bunny on wheels!
posted by cjorgensen at 9:51 AM on November 20, 2008

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