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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What is Killing the Bunnies?

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Since last summer, over 30 bunny rabbits have been killed in the German towns of Witten and Dortmund. Most were decapitated and completely drained of blood.

Pet owners are stunned and going to extraordinary lengths to protect their beloved animals -- buying locks for the hutches and hiding them in copses near their homes, their basements, or garages. Many of the pets were not visible from the road, leading some to speculate that whomever is responsible is using Web tools, such as Google Street View, to find them.

The violent nature of the pets' deaths makes this one of the most bizarre and atrocious acts of widespread animal abuse Germany has ever seen -- especially since the affected towns are so idyllic. In one incident, schoolchildren discovered the bodies of several bloodless, decapitated bunnies in a sandpit on the playground. Police fear the killer may graduate from bunnies to people and have put together a special task force to track him, or her, down. They are examining the corpses for traces of DNA and have questioned over 300 people, to no avail.

Now, this is a paranormal blog, but I do a pretty good job of keeping things on an even keel; I am not predisposed to CoIntelPro conspiracy theories, superstition, or alien abductions. However, let's look at the evidence here:

  • Most of the pets were kept in backyards or gardens, hidden from public view
  • The MO of decapitation and draining the body of all blood is unusual, but the general type of attack is similar to that of the Chupacabra
  • No suspicious person(s) have ever been reported in or near the area before or after the attacks
What is killing the bunnies in these two towns? While I agree the basic evidence suggests human intervention, an animal should not be ruled out; actually, an animal makes more sense than anything: It explains why no suspicious people have been spotted, how the rabbits which were hidden from public view were discovered, and the basic MO. But what kind of animal decapitates its victims, then drains it of blood? (Not the Chupacabra.)

What really struck me about this article is the quote from one of the police working the case: "An unknown person has cut off the head and drained off the blood in a box or a bottle."

Again, not one for conspiracy theories, but that statement alone tells me they aren't even considering an animal attacker!

This is the problem: In uneducated regions, the population tends to leap to superstitious conclusions, such as the Goat-Sucker; in more "civilized" areas of the Western world, most of the populace will go out of their way to avoid such theories. The real truth usually lays somewhere in-between.

There definitely are species -- even genus (geni?) -- on this earth of which we are unaware, and there definitely are truly sick people capable of going to such bizarre lengths to terrorize their neighbors and random people. But cultural mores too often obfuscate actual investigation, which should be undertaken with completely open minds. 

As I said, the real truth usually lay somewhere between these two extremes:

Elmer Fudd.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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