Curse of wor rabbit
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THE curse of the Were-Rabbit has struck Felton.
The village's allotments are being devastated by a creature in a scenario with astonishing similarities to that in the latest Wallace and Gromit film.
A large monster, said to be a cross between a rabbit and a hare and bigger than either, has been dining on holders' prized vegetables by night – just as the Were-Rabbit does in the movie.
The pest with a penchant for plants is black and brown with one ear bigger than the other.
Boasting an exquisite palate, the beast has been ripping out and munching the tops off leeks, Japanese onions, parsnips and spring carrots at the Mouldshaugh Lane site.
The 12 allotment holders have reached the end of their tether and have appointed two armed watchmen – one a licensed gamekeeper – to stand by with a remit to catch or kill their nemesis.
Jeff Smith, an allotment holder since the 1980s, first saw the animal in February.
Since then two or three others have spotted it, and the creature has been witnessed running about on a resident's lawn.
Mr Smith said: "It is a massive thing. It is a monster. The first time I saw it, I said what the hell is that.
"The prints were far bigger than a hare, they were like a deer. It is a brute of a thing.
"We have got two lads here trying to shoot it but they never see it."
Use of a snare has been ruled out due to the risk to humans.
Mr Smith told Felton Parish Council on Monday night: "When we get it killed, when we shoot it, we are going to hang it up on a tree so folk can see it."
There is one alternative: "It will make a good meal."
Mr Smith, of South View and a resident of Felton most of his life, believes the phenomena is not new, claiming such beasts were common place in the 1950s and 60s before pesticides and fertilisers were used. http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1117&ArticleID=1425349
Bigs bunny: monster rabbit devours English veggie plots
Fri Apr 7, 11:21 AM ET
LONDON (AFP) - In a tale reminiscent of the last Wallace and Gromit movie, furious villagers in northeast England have hired armed guards to protect their beloved communal vegetable gardens from a suspected monster rabbit.
Leeks, Japanese onions, parsnips and spring carrots have all been ripped up and devoured by the mystery were-rabbit -- prompting the 12 allotment holders in Felton, north of Newcastle, to hire two marksmen with air rifles and orders to shoot to kill.
"It is a massive thing. It is a monster. The first time I saw it, I said: 'What the hell is that?'" the Northumberland Gazette newspaper quoted local resident Jeff Smith, 63, as saying on its website (www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk
He claims to have seen the black and brown rabbit -- with one ear bigger than the other -- about two months ago, and at least three fellow allotment holders say they have seen it as well.
"I have seen it and it is bigger than a normal rabbit. It's eating all our crops and we grow the best stuff here," said retired miner George Brown, 76, quoted by the domestic Press Association news agency.
Smith could not be reached for comment Friday, but his mother told AFP that the hare-raising story is true -- and no less an authority than the British Rabbit Council said it was credible.
"Certain breeds do grow very big, like the Continental Giant" which can be 66 centimetres (26 inches) in length or more, a spokesman for the Nottinghamshire-based council, which represent rabbit breeders, told AFP.
In the last hit movie featuring Wallace and his dog Gromit, the two cartoon characters battled a monster rabbit that was cutting a swathe of destruction through locals' prize vegetable plots.