Monday, May 2, 2011

Now that’s a bunny hop: Rabbit dressage set to take the world by storm

On the hop: Snoopy is the star of the Jena Kaninhop club Spring in his step: James easily clears another jump while training with his Jena- based Kaninhop club

That rabbits like to hop is hardly a secret. But now European rabbit enthusiasts have harnessed their bunnies' natural talents to create a new spectator sport... rabbit showjumping.

Invented in Sweden in the early Eighties, Kaninhop involves bunnies bouncing their way around courses consisting of several small jumps of varying height and length.

Snoopy (top left photo), a black-and-white bunny from the German city of Jena, is the star of the local Kaninhop club - and he makes spends his days leaping over all manner of barricades, jumps and rails. 

'Snoopy can jump 60 centimeters (about 2 feet) high,' proud Claudia Fehlen, the 23-year-old founder of the Jena bunny hopping club, told Der Spiegel.

'And he has done well in tournaments. He came in second once, and third another time.

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Tom Sebourn said...

That's such a break from the news.
Thanks, I think I needed hopping bunnies in my brain for the moment.

Carl Hand-up said...

Unbelieveable, what's next Dave?