Blogger's belief becomes bunny welfare group
By Enru Lin, The China PostKabamanchu Owla (卡巴曼楚. 歐巫獵) of the Taipei Rabbit Society Association (TRSA, 台北市愛兔協會) explains his mixed feelings toward his first house-rabbit.
January 30, 2012, 12:08 am TWN
“My mother hadn't played pinball in a long time, so she played a round at one of those New Year street arcades. She cracked the marble into a particular slot and won a rabbit,” he says. “The owner said, you won it, so you've got to take it.”
“My mother only wanted the pinball feel. Not the prize.”
Owla, then 29 years old, reluctantly agreed to take the unwanted gift off her hands.
“But I didn't know if I wanted to keep it. How long it would live, I didn't know. How big it would get, I didn't know. It started going through a growth spurt, which is when a rabbit looks its absolute worst. I thought, if I released it in the mountains, nobody would ever know,” he says.
“I did get over feeling like that.”
Tang Tang (糖糖) is now full grown. At 4.6 kg, she is a real dumpling. Owla leaves Tang Tang uncaged so she can go from room to room as she pleases. She greets him when he comes in the door, then darts off to avoid being petted.
She is a princess, says Owla. “She rules my house.”
Tang Tang also got the ball rolling on TRSA, Taiwan's standard-bearing rabbit welfare group.
It all began with a blog, which Owla activated to post photos and news of his latest household addition.
Soon, Tang Tang's blog had become a hub for rabbit owners with stories and advice to share. Netizens increasingly flocked to the site, and Owla moved their hangouts offline.
“The very first events included five to six owners, which then became tens of people. And then we had to book entire restaurants, for hundreds of people.”