Emotion in Colmar (Haut-Rhin), where Schmoutzi, a giant rabbit from Flanders weighing 8.5 kg, disappeared overnight from Friday to Saturday. The animal was the star of the Easter market in the Alsatian town.
Eric Straumann, the mayor of the Alsatian city, announced the filing of a complaint. « Schmutzi [petit bisou en Alsacien, NDLR] was stolen last night, despite the presence of a guard, ”lamented the mayor on social networks. “Complaint will be filed to allow the viewing of surveillance videos. I am interested in any information allowing the mammal to be found”.
Supporting photo, Eric Straumann warned that a “new specimen” was made available by a breeder on the market, “for the pleasure of young and old”. But Internet users did not fail to notice that he had “not really the same size”.
Rabbit health at stake
The breeder of the missing animal is worried about its health. “Even if he doesn’t end up in the pot, he is very likely not to survive more than a few days. If the thief or thieves wish to take care of it, they will think that carrots, for example, will please him, he will eat them but it will kill him! “, he declared to the daily newspaper Alsace. “A precise diet is necessary, with alfalfa pellets, corn, wheat, soybeans and a light water intake,” he said.
Less imposing than the Christmas market, the Colmar Easter market welcomes 70 exhibitors for three weeks, as well as a farm in town with birds, hens, ducks, sheep and rabbits of course. According to our Alsatian colleagues, a few days before the inauguration of the market, the Colmar tourist office had spotted on social networks a kind of “liberation group” of the Colmar Easter bunny.