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Rabbit Rides Subway And Becomes Famous

A photo of a rabbit on a Boston area subway seat brought notoriety and the attention of the transit authority.

Marylou Zarbock
Posted: November 9, 2015, 3:10 p.m. EST

rabbit sitting on subway seat
Via MBTA/Twitter 
For a rabbit's safety, having seats available doesn't mean a rabbit should be let out of his carrier.

What’s the world coming to when a rabbit can’t casually sit on a subway seat? We’re talking sans carrier here. Actually, it might be coming to its senses. I think many people might prefer a rabbit seatmate to some others, but for the safety of the rabbit, traveling in a carrier is really the best option. 

I don’t know the story behind this photo, which was taken over the weekend and circulated on social media. Perhaps the rabbit was only outside the carrier for mere moments. He or she looks like quite well behaved. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority took the opportunity on Twitter to remind passengers, in a friendly way, that rabbits should remain in their carriers while on the subway.

The MBTA tweet received numerous comments, with some people playing off the term "manspreading” and creating hashtags for "rabbitspreading,” "bunspreading,” "petspreading,” "lepusspreading” and more.

Have you ever seen a rabbit or other small animal pet on public transportation?

Posted: November 9, 2015, 3:10 p.m. EST

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