Photo: Screenshot Via KTVU
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A neighborhood in the East Bay is up to its ears in bunnies.
Domestic rabbits have infested the neighborhood of Almondridge in Antioch. As reported by KTVU, the cute pets became a conundrum in March when residents of the cul-de-sac began to notice the fluffy furballs everywhere: in the streets, on lawns, under cars, in their backyards.
Now, the bunny population has boomed to more than 50 rabbits, according to at least one neighbor’s estimates. The rabbits’ appearance was no magic trick. Residents living on the street say that the rabbit population descended from a pair of bunnies one of the neighbors kept as pets that were allowed to breed.
Even though the animals are adorable, the neighborhood wants them gone (but unharmed); the rabbits are wreaking havoc on the community—digging holes, chewing on grass in gardens, and leaving behind messy pellets.
Some neighbors have taken matters into their own hands, trapping the bunnies and bringing them to local shelters. Despite their best attempts to curb the rabbit overgrowth, the critters continue to return.
A few residents speculate that the owner of the original bunnies may have a pet hoarding, as told to KPIX 5.
Residents have complained to Antioch Animal Services about the infestation, but they claim the center has not done enough to fix the problem. The neighborhood hopes the city will take action soon.
Nikki Tran is an SFGATE intern. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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