By Frank James

It's a furry little tale that's getting some worldwide attention. Stockholm authorities are reportedly shooting wild rabbits in the city's parks, freezing them, then sending them to an energy plant where their carcasses are burned to help heat the residents of Varmland.

Wild rabbit.

You may see a rabbit but some Swedes see heating fuel. (Robin Loznak / AP Photo/Great Falls Tribune)

From the website of The Local which is billed as "Sweden's News In English."

...Animal control authorities employ a special rifle to shoot the excess rabbits, with most of the culling taking place at dawn when the animals peek out from their holes.
The city usually steps up its rabbit hunting efforts in the autumn as leaves begin to fall from bushes and trees, making it easier to see the rabbits...
... Last year marked a new record for Stockholm's rabbit cull, with nearly 6,000 rabbits, mostly from Kungsholmen, being removed from Stockholm's parks.
But rather than simply disposing of the dead rabbits, the city instead froze them for eventual transport to a special heating plant in Karlskoga in central Sweden, where the bunny bodies are then burned as a form of bioenergy.

It doesn't seem like you'd get enough British thermal units out of 6,000 rabbits to make much of a difference but the Swedes are known to be pretty serious about using alternative forms of energy, including renewable energy.

And few creatures are more renewable than rabbits.

categories: Animals

12:29 - October 15, 2009