Friday, March 16, 2012

Buffoon Cameraman Crushes Tiny Bunny Rabbit

TV cameraman accidentally crushes celebrity bunny

Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY
March 16, 2012

CAPTION By Uwe Meinhold, AP

Til, a two-week old earless bunny, seemed destined to become Germany's newest animal celebrity until a TV cameraman accidentally stepped on the bunny, instantly crushing him to death.

The unidentified cameraman was filming a story on the small zoo in Saxony as it prepared to present the 17-day-old bunny to the world at a press conference.

He says he didn't see Til, who was covered with hay, when he took a step backward, Spiegel Online reports.

"He was immediately dead, he didn't suffer," zoo director Uwe Dempewolf tells the website for the magazine Der Spiegel. "It was a direct hit. No one could have foreseen this. Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught."

Several burly German men have volunteered to crush the cameraman, who should at least be charged with animal cruelty.

Spiegel Online notes that earless rabbits are very rare and Til would have been a media sensation in Germany, which has a history of worshipping furry baby animals.

Til's body will now be frozen while zoo officials decide whether to have him stuffed.

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