September 18, 2009

City’s rabbits headed for zoo — as food

Officials in Helsinki, Finland, said they have reached a deal with the city's zoo to feed nuisance rabbits to zoo predators.

Helsinki's Building Services Unit and the Helsinki Zoo said lions, wolverines and vultures at the zoo will receive rabbits caught in the city's parks and green areas starting in October, the Helsingin Sanomat reported Friday.

The zoo, which previously purchased its rabbits from Hungarian rabbit farms, said the deal represents a cheaper and more ecologically sound alternative. The Building Services Unit said the deal will also save money previously allocated for the disposal of the rodents.