They walk their rabbits in chains in the gardens of Strasbourg: who is hiding behind the “gang of rabbits”?

In addition to allowing rabbits to socialize, the rabbit gang offers its members the opportunity to meet new friends. (© Ivan Capecchi / Actu Strasbourg)

“Where is Poupette?” Have you seen Poupette? Bobbitt, hidden behind a tree trunk. It must be said that the presence of children around makes her frightened.

“It is one of the dangers of coming here,” notes Chloe, a member of the “rabbit gang” that has been raging for about two years now in the Alsatian capital (and was first spotted by our colleagues from Boca).

Lucy, the leader of the gang

Gang leader? It’s Lucy, 22, who owns a rabbit named Iggy. “I used to take a walk with my rabbit in the parks. Every time I did, I saw the dog owners get together at a fixed time. So I came up with the idea to do it but with rabbits, to meet people who love rabbits a bit and spend quality time together, and see if they Bonds will form between rabbits … ”, this resident explains. Lingolsheim.

The meetings are now organized through the “Bunny Meetings Strasbourg” Facebook group.

Discuss each other’s experiences

Jules, 22, discovered the group “a little by chance”. “I was looking through the rabbit-related posts in the Strasbourg student group when I came across a comment from Lucy,” recalls the work-study student.

What does he like? He answers: “To be able to meet new people, people who have rabbits.” Who had a rabbit for the first time over a year ago “knows[t] How [s]”Take care of it” but would appreciate advice from more experienced owners.

“It allows us to discuss our experiences, when we sometimes have doubts,” Chloe, 22, abounds. “It also allows rabbits to socialize and see people,” adds the Strasbourg resident.

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Veronique, 54, owner of Popol, a 10-year-old grandfather, wouldn’t say otherwise: “The female that Popol died with for two years now. He’s been alone for a while. I joined the group so he could see other rabbits.”

“It allows our rabbits to thrive and see just over the four walls of the house,” says 44-year-old Barbara.

Make new friends

But it’s not just rabbits that socialize during these encounters. “Some of the group became really friends,” Jules explains. He and Lucy become very good friends, even though their rabbits can’t see each other in the paint, who knows. “Iggy is a little sulky in relation to the other bunnies,” Lucy admits.

“It’s a good way to make friends,” continues Chloe. ” [Les gens du groupe sont des personnes] With whom do we go for a drink and talk outside the aisles,” she says.

Barbara smiles: “It’s friendly, it allows you to meet people and make friends.”

“I just stopped my studies, and while my college friends had gone all over the place, it introduced me to beautiful people with whom I already had a common interest,” Slips Lucy, who is currently awaiting training in animal mediation. “It also allowed us to have social interactions, despite Covid,” she asserts.

Positive consequences for rabbit behavior

All respondents saw positive consequences for the behavior of their rabbits.

My rabbits are already free in my apartment. But the fact that they could really go outside, be outdoors and run, eat the grass, etc. felt like they were more dynamic, stimulating, and above all more relaxing for the house.

joulesBunny gang member

“Iggy is clearly more complete with the weeks I took her out than the weeks she was forced to stay home. It’s less bullshit, it’s a lot quieter,” notes Lucy.

“My bunny often goes to his carriage…so he probably wants to go for a walk,” Veronique notes, as he casts an affectionate look at Popol, who is busy jumping merrily on the grass.

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