Monday, January 24, 2011

Leaping Lagomorphs

Harley the rabbit is jumping to take on his Swedish competitors in rabbit hopping event in Harrogate, UK over the weekend. According to his 14 year old trainer, Demi Smith, all it took was dandelion leaves and now Harley jumps for the fun of it. Harley needs to beat 12 other rabbit athletes in the Grand National, which features a timed display and tackle course that is based on horse jumping. Harley seems to be at top form. Just look at his style and after all it comes naturally. The highest bunny jump record was set in 1997 by Danish rabbit, Tosen, who jumped almost a 3 ft., 3 in. (1 meter). The sport originated in Sweden in the late 1970s and you can find a number of videos of rabbit hopping at YouTube. It is also interesting how many lop earred rabbits even with their more stockier builds are great competitors. (Photo: Yorkshire Evening Post)