On Saturday April 21st, Bryant@Night hosted a petting zoo here on the Bryant Center Lawn. Near the end of the night, someone walked away with one of the rabbits that was part of the zoo. We are not currently sure if the person who took the bunny was a student of Bryant or a guest.
Although this may seem like a harmless prank, the young rabbit is still dependent on its mother for survival. At only 5 weeks old his body is not yet developed enough to survive without the assistance of his mother. At such a young age, rabbits cannot eat enough solid food to sustain themselves. With the lack of proper nutrients an infection will surely strike causing dehydration.
Rich Hurley said, “After much hope and support from our student body the legendary rabbit has been returned to its mother and rightful owner. We appreciate that the majority of the campus understood that this was an unjust act.”
The bunny was found to be located on Salve Regina’s campus in Newport, RI and the alleged bunny thief was given until 4pm yesterday to return it to the Bryant campus so that the bunny could be brought back to its mother.
Cheeks, the baby bunny, is now safely back with its mother, and we are happy to report that no harm was done to the bunny.
One would hope that nothing of this sort would happen on Bryant’s campus to begin with, but now that it has hopefully we can all take a moment to consider the results of our actions. It is unfortunate that students cannot enjoy a petting zoo without putting a bunny’s life in danger.