Last week Til, a 6 inch earless rabbit on Germany's celebrity animal circuit had his brief Warhol 15 minutes of fame stamped short. The 17-day-old bunny with a genetic defect was plastered across German newspapers on Thursday; the very same day a small zoo in Saxony was going to present the little creature to the world at a press conference.
“The cute baby rabbit was a sensation,” Bild wrote in an emotional article filled with capital letters. “BUT NOW THE RABBIT IS DEAD! Trampled by A CAMERAMAN!” they reported.
Germans, we have noticed, are nothing but "Daffy Duck" for animals. Last summer, the runaway cow Yvonne made nonstop headlines for her bovine wanderings, as did Paul the Octopus, who successfully predicted the outcomes of games during the 2010 World Cup, including the championship as reported in the Berlin Journal.
The paparazzi told Bild he hadn't seen Til, who had buried himself in the hay, when the cameraman took a quick "Speedy Gonzales" fateful step backward Wednesday.
"Yosemite Sam!" I've killed the wabbit!" he screamed!
Zoo director Uwe Dempewolf tells Spiegel magazine Til didn't suffer: "It was a direct hit."
The eastern German zoo where Til was born is now keeping him frozen while it decides whether to have him stuffed, as was done after Knut the polar bear, who died in March of last year. Knut became a national obsession, and the newsweekly Der Spiegel recently compared him to Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Wouldn't that be Knut Cobain?
Who's the real dumb bunny in this situation? Til the bunny needed a safety assistant, and who the heck leaves their tiny celebrity pet hidden in the hay on the ground? Now Til is just "some bunny" that we used to know. Congressional hearings and 20 pages of new regulations on bunny handling are reported to be coming from the Foghorn" department of the "Leghorn" interior.
Another celeb brought to fame and then killed off by the press!