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Steeplechase the Coney Island Bunny

Marcie Frishberg of NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue demonstrates how to pet Steeplechase the Coney Island Bunny at Petco in Union Square. March 15, 2014. Photo © Tricia Vita

The Coney Island “coney” named Steeplechase made her Broadway debut at Union Square Petco on Saturday, where rescue group NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue has an adoption center. There are 4 rabbits that reside there but it was Steeplechase’s first appearance. The refugee from the bulldozed Coney Island Community Garden was rescued by William Leung and fellow volunteers in January after 21 days on the run. Since then, Steeplechase has received medical care and been spayed, and is now being fostered by Leung, who already has four companion rabbits at his home in Queens.

Steeple Chase the Coney Island Bunny

Steeplechase the Coney Island Bunny at NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue adoption center in Union Square Petco. March 15, 2014. Photo © Tricia Vita

ATZ asked Leung how the Coney Island rabbit is getting along with the other bunnies. “She is still a little shy, but loves attention. She has met my rabbits,” he said. “She was eager to make friends but my female rabbits were jealous and don’t like her. My little boy Chad is smitten with her and would dance for her whenever he sees her through the pens. His current girlfriend Duchess knows that and tries to bite her whenever she sees her.”

Rabbits dance for each other?

“They binky. When he sees her, he binkies all over the place,” explains Leung.

Binky? Okay, so we had to look up the word! Here’s some Bunny Binky Action courtesy of YouTube user Kate Midkiff…

Coney Island was named Conyne Eylandt –Rabbit Island– by the Dutch after the wild rabbits that lived here in the 17th century. But Steeplechase, a white bunny with black ears, is a Californian breed of domestic rabbit and had lived her entire life outdoors in the boardwalk garden and surrounding area until this year.

Steeplechase’s favorite place in Leung’s apartment, which she has the run of at night, is his walk-in closet. The rest of the time she has her own room. “She is very curious and eager to explore,” says Leung. “She likes to climb and jump into things, but if you tell her once not to go somewhere, she actually gets it and won’t go there again, so she is one smart cookie. She is also very good with litter box skill, I mean I have never seen a bun this clean. Not only is she 100% in the litter box, she only uses one corner.”

Union Sqaure Petco NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue

Petco Union Square Manager Josh Axelrod presenting a check for $2240.79 from the Petco Foundation to NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue’s Marcie Frishberg. March 15, 2014. Photo © Tricia Vita

When ATZ visited on Saturday, Josh Axelrod, the longtime manager of the Union Square store, happened to come by to give a check for $2240.79 from the Petco Foundation to NY Metro Rabbit’s Marcie Frishberg. Axelrod said that $1000 came from a Petco-sponsored contest won by Union Square staff and the balance was raised from customer donations at the checkout counter. The Petco Foundation donates about $15 million a year to help more than 8,000 local animal welfare groups across the country. Union Square Petco also hosts Kitty Kind, where we adopted our cat Talulah about two years ago. On Saturday, Long Island Bulldog Rescue also had a booth and the ASPCA’s adoption van was parked outside.

NYC Metro Rabbit Rescue is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned New York City rabbits and finding them permanent indoor homes. Their website features a plethora of info, from a documentary on what it’s like to live with a companion rabbit to articles on their care and behavior. In addition to Union Square Petco, the group has rabbit adoption locations at the Petco on Lexington Avenue and 86th Street and the City’s Center for Animal Care and Control (ACC) on 110th Street at 2nd Avenue. The group is a satellite of Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, which is the downstate NY chapter of the House Rabbit Society.

NYC Metro Rabbit

NYC Metro Rabbit, the NYC Satellite of Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, at Petco in Union Square. March 15, 2014. Photo © Tricia Vita

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Nicholas the Ridiculous

Nicholas the Ridiculous. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Don’t you love happy endings? Meet our cute baby animal of the day. A kitten rescued when the Coney Island Community Garden was being bulldozed was later found abandoned with his siblings in a carrier and taken to the City’s kill shelter. But in a fortunate turn of events, he was not only rescued again and adopted but now has his own Facebook page. “My name is Nicholas Aloysius, but my human calls me Nicholas the Ridiculous,” he says in his bio. “Sometimes I am a little silly when mama takes pictures of me.”

ATZ found out the lucky fate of the distraught-looking kitten in our post from last month (“Bunny Returns to Bulldozed Coney Island Garden, Kitten Euthanized”, January 8) when a friend read it and realized it was the same kitten that his friend Gisele had just adopted. One of Nick’s siblings had been euthanized by the ACC just before a rescuer arrived to save him and his sister.

Nicholas the Ridiculous

Nicholas the Ridiculous. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Gisele Duprez started the page a few days after taking the kitten home from Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Gravesend, where he had been brought from Animal Care & Control by PJ McKosky of the rescue group Empty Cages Collective. Dr. Jill Caruso and her staff were on the lookout for a special cat to keep Stella Mozzarella company after her previous companion died.

When we first started following Nicholas the Ridiculous’s Facebook page in mid-January, he was trying to befriend Stella Maria (aka Stella Mozzarella). In the photos and videos, the 8-year-old cat appears unimpressed yet patient with the kitten who quips “I am extra bratty this morning” in a caption. But Nick also says “I ♥ Stella Mozzarella.” It looks like he finally wore her down.

Empty Cages Collective is an all-volunteer organization. You can support the work they do for New York City’s animals by donating or volunteering to become a foster home and following their Facebook page.

Nicholas the Ridiculous with Stella Mozzarella

Nicholas the Ridiculous with Stella Mozzarella. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Nicholas’s mother cat–she kept going back to look for her kittens on the bulldozed lot– and the other Boardwalk strays and ferals need your help too. ATZ is currently working with local rescue groups and individuals to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program similar to Alley Cat Allies project on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. If you’d like to receive info about an upcoming meeting in Coney Island, here is a contact form to send Amusing the Zillion a private message with your email address:

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Coney Island Bunny

Steeplechase, Coney Island Bunny Rescued after 21 Days on the Run. January 26, 2014. Photo © Jozefa Cheman

Steeplechase, the Coney Island “coney” rescued after 21 days on the run, posed for her first official photo today. Want to “Save Coney” and give Steeplechase the bunny a home? This refugee from the bulldozed Coney Island Community Garden will be up for adoption after she is spayed next week.

William Leung, a volunteer with Rabbit Rescue and Rehab successfully “netted” the rabbit, whom he named Steeplechase, on January 18th after ten days of trying to befriend her with bananas and other treats.

“She is scheduled to be spayed next Wednesday,” said Leung, who visited the shy bunny today at New York City’s Animal Care and Control. Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, the New York City chapter of the House Rabbit Society, is the primary bunny rescue group that works with ACC. “Our volunteers go there every day to feed the rabbits,” Leung said.

A list of bunnies up for adoption in New York City is on the group’s petfinder page. Email nyc.metro.rabbits@gmail.com if you are interested in adopting Steeplechase.

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