Long Beach Campus Awash in Bunnies

Rabbits at Long Beach City College appear alive and well ... and "fat" and "brazen"

Not every Los Angeles bunny has suffered in this bad economy.

LA Observed's Kevin Roderick reports that the Long Beach City College campus is once again "awash in bunny rabbits."

Pictures have been posted by several bloggers, including at Unhip LA, who says LBCC is "overrun with [...] big, fat, brazen ones who will run up to strangers and beg for food." [Even more pictures here]

The animals have long resided on the Long Beach City College campus, and are even featured on the LBCC Facebook page, though not to the delight of all.

In addition to the administrative headache created by the need to feed and care for a rabbit population that multiplies as fast as rabbits, the warrens the critters dig do significant damage to campus grounds. The food put out to feed them can also attract other, undesirable vermin.

Besides all that, LBCC appears to have become a popular place for people to abandon pet bunnies each spring.

Various efforts to deal with the bunny population have been launched over the years, sometimes to provide the animals with food and medical care. Recent discussions have included their possible abatement.

Last September, the LBCC rabbits were the focus of a Facilities Advisory Committee discussion. Meeting minutes posted on the Web detail a business proposal to neuter and relocate the rabbits, as well as a possible public relations campaign to communicate the damage they cause.

The student opinion about the bunnies has long been expressed on the Web by dedicating blogs, YouTube videos and MySpace pages to the critters.

-- TJ Sullivan

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