Bun Mom On Campus

Ace Cuteologist Lisa M. writes us with a problem: "I have such a hard time studying at school because our campus is overrun with buns!" she tells us. "Seriously, I never get tired of seeing the buns, and I think my GPA has dropped a few points because of them, but it’s worth it to see these guys every day!"  We should all have such problems.

Keeping watch in case Wallace and Gromit show up with their Bun-Vac thingy.

Eventually, they ooze together into one big bunny.

Nice buns!

Safety Tip: Always lock your bun!

In this picture, there are 47 people. None of them can be seen...

Ease up on the mascara there, Tammy Faye.

Comments

  1. I want to go to this wonderful mythical college!!

  2. I want to go there, we just have mutant squirrels here in DC. Cute but HUGE squirrels.
    Loving the guyliner on the last one.

  3. There are no buns on my campus! I want my money back! OK, actually I get paid to work there, so I’ll have to lodge a complaint with the management.

  4. BlurpleBerry says:

    What college does she go to? ‘Cause I really want to apply, just for the bunnies.

  5. WHAT?! Where is this magical school!? I must get a graduate degree from there immediately.

  6. LOL.
    Try making a mental mashup of the hovertexts & Python references. It’s like a verbal Rorschach test. I ended up with something like “Miz Nice Buns, Will You Stand Up, Please?”

  7. (which really doesn’t say anything about me that I didn’t already know)

  8. University of Victoria? If so, then those pics must be from another season, not now.

    If your campus is going to be over-run with an animal, then it might as well be a rabbit.

  9. Must.. Go there .. NOW!!!!!!

  10. The Button says:

    i want to go to there…

  11. Johns Hopkins Buniversity?

  12. Why does that Star Trek episode with the Tribbles come to mind?

    Bet they have a fabulous bun to student ratio.

  13. Yep, it’s the University of Victoria in British Columbia:

    http://communications.uvic.ca/rabbits/

  14. Disapproval University, where you can earn a Ph.[capital!]D to learn the art of censuring with the ultimate smugness and grumpiness possible.

    Now excuse me while I crawl into the burrow with the fuzzy pile.

  15. Better than those poisoned elbows critters.

    My campus didn’t have buns-and I feel cheated.

    Honestly this could be a problem, what are they going to do- spay the bunlets? I think I would. Or, give them away as graduation gifts or- to parents who are lonely for their freshmen students-that’s it a brilliant plan!

  16. Tufts Univeristy?

    DePaw University?

  17. Obviously wayyyy too many tame rabbits were let loose on this campus! What is wrong with this picture? I found my bunny on my college campus but geez. She was scared and alone!

  18. Thing is…those aren’t wild rabbits, they’re domestic varieties. Looks like someone got some bunnies for Easter and ditched them when they got big (and pregnant.)

    I’m glad they appear to be thriving in this environment, but it’s puzzling…cute as all get out, but puzzling.

  19. scooterpants says:

    i do not have buns outside my window at work.
    i dont even have a window.
    );
    i want to see bunnies.
    she is one lucky lady.

  20. Silent Meow says:

    I want to go to that college! I would really love to have a baby bun in my lap while I study calculus. Would make studying that subject a wee bit more tolerable. Just a wee bit. Could I take the baby bun to class with me? Maybe sneak him in a coffee cup?

  21. I wonder if there’s a bunch of cats at Purdue…

  22. PYRIT takes the GOLD!

  23. Biscuitz4Bearz says:

    Do you ever do Kids In the Hall references. Cuz you should.

  24. Biscuitz4Bearz says:

    Awesome! Do you ever do Kids In the Hall references? Cuz you should.

  25. I toured the campus with my college-bound daughter some years ago — buns were everywhere. It was buntastic.

  26. that’s the university of victoria. i went there too. there’s way more bunnies then that, the pictures do not do it justice. there’s also wild cats that eat the rabbits. and a huge fountain that attracts hundreds of ducks in the spring/summer.

    it’s a tradition to capture baby buns and keep them as pets in your rez room….. bunnies are litter box trainable.

    one time i was driving on ring road (the road that goes around the campus) and a baby bun the size of my fist ran under my car. i had to slam on my breaks. the bun was in the MIDDLE of my car. so here i was on my hands and knees trying to get the bun out. traffic behind me was backing up and people were getting out of their cars to help. we eventually got the bun out to safety.
    it’s just a fact of life, no one was pissed off (even the bus driver helped) that a little bun was holding up traffic.

  27. They help with your math homework because they multiply like, well . . . you know.

  28. those definitely did not use to be wild rabbits! they are super cute. Should people really be holding the babies? isn’t that bad if they’re wild?

  29. Hey, that’s my old school! Many of the buns there are so used to people that they are no longer as timid as they should be. One tried to eat my sister’s shoe.

  30. Oooh, DKN, ..goooold! Nice!

  31. How amazing! I concur, we should all have such problems!!!! <3

  32. True, baby buns at UVic don’t come in the winter…but Victoria, BC, does actually look a lot like this even now. Although when we had some snow last month I did see a white bunny nibbling on a snowball! (ahn…)

  33. Dugg for Monty Python reference… wait… what site is this again?

  34. 30 Helen’s agree that you should do more KITH references here.

  35. “sorry…we’re not actually fluffy bunnies. we’re just a couple college students.”

  36. These Buns are sent to test your cute quotient.

  37. balamuthia says:

    That last guy is tewtally the “big bun on campus”!

  38. Biscuitz4Bearz says:

    YESSSSSSSSS!

  39. as someone involved with rabbits in the shelter sytems i hope there are programs in place to rehome or at least Trap/Spay/Neuter.

  40. We’ve got cottontails and jackrabbits running around the college campuses around here (West Texas-MC, UTPB, TTU). Of course, there not as tame though. One guy told me he saw the jackrabbits chasing a stray dog once. Boy, I would have loved a pic of that.

  41. Buniversity!

  42. Although the U.Vic rabbits are descended from domestic breeds, they’re a feral colony now. Back in the 80’s some students let their pet rabbits go at the end of a semester, and they bred with the wild rabbits and pretty much took over. There’s now a semi-feral population of thousands on the campus. They aren’t fixed – the local predators are counted on to keep the population under control.

    I doooo want to go to this college.

  43. Ahh, the UVic buns! The university is over-run with them! I loved them when I went to school there. For some reason it’s considered a “problem”… but the only ones who seem to have a real problem are the disapproving buns!!

  44. linguafranka says:

    s/b CUTE OR SAD? yes, i would be charmed to see these guys at my school everyday – she even gets to snuggle them! BUT, feral bunnies don’t usually live so long and they multiply out of control…

  45. UC San Diego is a bunopolis as well.

  46. That’s my old university! I went there from 1996-2001. Those pictures don’t show the rabbit population properly, there are soooo many more bunnies everywhere. It was one of my favorite things about the campus. There are a lot of rumours about how they got there, including my favorite which says that they were ex-lab rabbits that were liberated by the campus PETA group in the late 80’s. That one is totally NOT true, but it’s an entertaining story! Sort of like the movie Project X.

  47. Hold on guys. They are really cute, but this is a serious problem. Domestic rabbits that start thriving and breeding in the wild like this pose a serious ecological problem. This is why you should always take your buns to a rabbit rescue if you don’t want them anymore… otherwise people have to start killing rabbits that look like this T_T

  48. Wow, I’d love to see this place in person! Must be such a treat to see all those buns running around! So cute!

  49. oh my god! Its like going to school in Teletubby Land!

  50. poorviolet says:

    We don’t have rabbits at the University of Melbourne, but we do have heaps of native possums like these guys http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brushtail_possum.jpg and quite a few kitties have made the campus home.

    We also have HEAPS of these guys, which is cool / scary when you’re on campus at night:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pteropus_poliocephalus_with_baby.jpg

  51. U of Alberta is overwhlemed by bunnies too :)
    hello from edmonton

  52. lsuhillary says:

    I’ve got a theory..it MUST be bunnies!!

  53. Campus needs more hawks.

  54. ThreeCatNight says:

    The buns do get around.
    As we speak, several members of the family are working on their BA’s (Bunnology Administration), MBA’s (Masters of Bunnology Administration), and PhB’s (Doctorates in Bunnology), while the youngest progeny are getting ready for the school year to come in the Little Red Rabbit Schoolhutch!

  55. I believe Carleton College has, um, a cat. Just the one. “Toff.”

  56. Gee, I’m looking for places to get my Master’s…

  57. LSU Hillary — or maybe midgets?

  58. bun occupancy. i can’t imagine a better criteria in which to choose a college.

  59. Does it harm the babies to have them handled by humans like that? I know with birds, I’ve heard the mother abandons them once the “human” smell is transferred to them. Could be a myth, but just sayin’ Let nature do its thing and watch. Picking them up out of their little nest like that is selfish.

  60. We have tons of deer at my school ^.^ I’ve only seen a few bunnies though.

  61. Bunny owner says:

    My alma mater! The feral colony is thriving, but coyotes, owls and hawks do live on the island as well. So long as island cougars don’t come on campus for lunch, I think it’s ok. A university campus is hardly a natural environment anyways, it’s in the middle of the ‘burbs.

  62. I’m a student at UVic too (the photos are definitely from UVic) and it’s true – the bunnies really are everywhere! Totally adorable :)

  63. OMG THIS IS MY UNIVERSITY!

    It is the University of Victoria in BC, Canada!

    I got swarmed eating chips on the grass once. Here:
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=CDsI_qdeWgA

  64. My alma mater too! I miss all the bunnies, but yeah, the pictures don’t really do it justice. You can’t walk from one building to another without seeing a bunny, pretty much. They are certainly well loved, at least!

  65. CoffeeCup says:

    What?! I want to go to this magical place!

    At my college, we had tons of squirrels that were so used to people they would sit next to you and try to pick food out of your hand. I knew a guy whose favorite squirrel story was that a squirrel walked right up to him and took his cookie right out of his hand.

    And we have ONE rabbit. ONE. It’s adorable and it lives on one particular lawn and the surrounding bushes. ONE rabbit, how is that not an injustice? We need a lot of them.

  66. scooterpants says:

    hmm. she is also a bad-girl rule breaker, says RIGHT IN THE NOTICE not to HOLD , peek up or mutilate the buns! it says RIGHT there! that it is harassment.
    I’m feelin the need to go harass me some bunnies…
    what a rebel.

  67. scooterpants says:

    uh-hum…
    NEW cater-gorey?
    Buns n’ thighs…????
    maybe not, maybe, huh?

  68. Oh MAN! I knew it was UVic! Yeah, there are totally rabbits everywhere; I really think the school did something about them this year though – I saw maintenance put out some powder stuff and the rabbits were gobbling it up D: There really were too many of them though, and most of them (unless you have food) hop away.

  69. Oh man, my college had alligators in the ponds! Yeek.
    (What a croc!)
    And, no it wasn’t U. of FL., but kinda close.

  70. lila_may_qt says:

    Ya this is definitely UVIC. I live in Victoria right now, and our grass DOES look like that :D And it’s not just the university. You see them on the highway grass partitions too, as far away from the University as Langford. It’s a Victoria problem in general, but its absolutely localized in UVic’s grounds. It’s really cute. My sister goes there and I called her last week – they were out trying to catch bunnies (but since she’s a hunter I’m sure she had an ulterior motive of fooding of some sort… blasphemy!)

  71. The bunnies sure are cute, but could the girl snuggling them get any cuter? I think not.

    Truly Cute Overload!!!

  72. temperance says:

    (liz lemon voice) i want to go there!

  73. I went to the U of A in Edmonton too and they do have lots of rabbits; the wild variety though. One even showed up in my wedding photos that I had taken there!

  74. I graduated from UC Berkeley (and currently work at an office nearby) and there are fat, fearless squirrels EVERYWHERE. I’ve always loffed the skwerls…but a university with BUNS!? My hesitation to go to grad school has just been tossed out the window…I want to dive headfirst into a bun-pile!

  75. That’s no ordinary rabbit! It’s the Rabbit of Caerbannog! Look at the BONES!

  76. What? Carleton didn’t have a cat when *I* was there. No fair!

  77. UVic Chick says:

    I am one of those lucky kids who went to UVic and got to hang out with the squillions of buns. Now I work in Facilities at UVic, where one of the top priorities is to control the bun population. The thing is, the buns are soooo popular, that the furthest the conversations ever go is “well, why don’t we put up some ‘Don’t Feed the Rabbits’ signs?” Nobody wants to be the bad guy, and I don’t blame them, they’re my favourite part of campus!

  78. Holy crapopolis crystal!! That vid is awesome!! I would’ve been squealing like crazy probably scaring them all away rofl.

  79. I live in Finland and we have a rabbit “problem” in the Helsinki city center too. Some domestic rabbits were left loose a few years ago and now there are thousands of them. They look like the rabbits in these pictures, because they have descended from domestic rabbits. People are worried about the rabbits ruining parks and gardens. I don’t care about that, but I am more concerned about wild hares. Rabbits are a threat to them, because they have the same ecological niche. Rabbits multiply a lot faster than hares, but hares are more adapted to our cold winters. It’s winter now and I haven’t seen a rabbit in a long time, maybe they are cuddling under the ground near some heating pipe to keep warm. Now we have more foxes because of the rabbits, so maybe the ecosystem balances itself eventually. There’s been a lot of talk about just shooting the rabbits. We’ll see what happens to them…

  80. Sixes and Sevens says:

    UM…WHERE is the noiscle and tock enhance on those mini buns. OMG! OVERLOAD!

  81. Natalie -

    From what I’ve read, mother rabbits don’t normally abandon their babies if they’ve been handled. I looked it up when one of the (really) wild rabbits living in my backyard got himself hidden in a bad spot, and wanted to make sure moving him back to his den wouldn’t make things worse.

    Of course, it’s a question of “do you trust what you read on the internet” and “you don’t know where that’s rabbit’s been.”

  82. What college is this?!?!? If I had known about this I would have made very different decisions.

  83. Folks that are “feral bun pops are teh bad” – Uvic has had the buns since 1980s. I’m sure, in the intervening almost THIRTY YEARS if there were overbreeding or any big ecological problems, they would have been noticed and dealt with. The rabbits have clearly taken up an ecological niche (likely squirrels and chipmunks, judging by most other uni’s) and have fit in. Local cats/dogs/predatory birds/coyotes/raccoons/other predators have come along to balance the population. Seems to be coasting along just fine.

  84. Check out this vid…two bunnies looking to get freaky…all of a sudden “HALP! UR DOIN IT WRONG!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBfLLMSVsYo&feature=related

  85. Or perhaps not…the black squirrel is a great guy. And I learned a lot…but it would have made my decision harder.

  86. Sooooo cute!

    Wait, those aren’t wild bunnies… Looks like some unspayed pet bunnies got loose!

  87. Is there a reason my post got deleted? Is it a crime to notice a cute girl among the pics of cute bunnies?

  88. Sigh…

    please ignore me I’ve aparently mentally checked out.

    [Sometimes comments don't show up right away. Don't know why, but it happens all. The. TIME. Just refresh your screen (press F5 or click the refresh button) a few times; it usually appears in a moment or two... - Ed.]

  89. What do the Canadian bunbuns do in the winter?

  90. I still go to UVic, and yes, there are a lot of bunnies, and yes, they are feral. One of our hospitals has the same problem as well. Hawks mainly take care of population problems, but the areas for the most part are so manicured/ecologically manipulated already that I don’t think they have made a great influence beyond cutting the grass for us.

    As for touching them/petting them/feeding them/ there are now posters EVERYWHERE that say not to! It screws with their diet, ability to be safe, possible mama-bun eating touched baby-bun and all that jazz.

    Though it’s hilarious to get up to campus all cranky and tie-tie and see two bunnies furiously going at it under a tree! Always brightens my day.

  91. Also – the weather questions.

    Victoria does NOT have the cliché snow/cold/winter issues most of Canada has. We almost NEVER have snow, and it doesn’t usually dip below a few degree below zero CELSIUS, not fahrenheit. It’s super mild, just grey and wet.

    The bun buns just stay in their warrens, and come out and eat grass when they’re hungry!

  92. I love uvic. Every time I have an exam, I come out feeling awful. Then a few rabbits show up, and all my troubles go away. Plus too, we have deer that will come right up too you. University of Victoria is great!

  93. Ah, they’re so, so cute! Best not to handle them, though, or Mama Bun might not care for them any more. Of course, you could always raise them yourself if that happens. (We did that when I was a kid and the neighbor handled the baby buns.) :-)

  94. thelibrarianne says:

    I need to go there. That’s it, I’m transferring, because here at Pitt all we have is a large population of homeless men and a hawk that eats live squirrels and pigeons. Neither are particularly cute.

  95. That’s just great. If you touch the offspring of a wild animal, the mother will reject them. Way to go.

    [That is a suburban legend. A myth. A lie parents tell their kids so they won't bother the baby bunnies. Stop it. - Ed.]

  96. hey, i’m pretty sure you aren’t supposed to touch the buns for their own protection…

  97. I work here and we see bunnies every day!It is truly the best campus in the world.

  98. that girl is soooo lucky!
    (the roll over should be ”in this picture their are 47 ninjas”)

  99. hey, i’m pretty sure you aren’t supposed to touch the buns for their own protection…

  100. One Skunk Todd says:

    So does that fourth picture qualify as “Buns N Racks”? :)

  101. No dumb bunnies, here, obviously!

  102. This is way more fun than UBC, in Vancouver, which has coyotes trotting all over the place…

    And yes, the west coast of BC is probably the only place in Canada that doesn’t freeze solid in the winter — the climate’s like Seattle.

  103. thicktortiethintabby says:

    No one else has said it, so I will: Yay for the Wallace and Gromit shout-out! Love me some W&G!

    In other news, my alma mater had an abundance of sorority girls with the “Rachel” haircut instead of buns. No fair.

  104. Beth (in NC) says:

    Dude!!! I need to read all of the links. How in the world did there get to be a population of “wild” domesticated rabbits?

  105. Beth (in NC) says:

    Ok, I have never ever nuffed before. And this isn’t really a nuff at all. It’s just that I don’t know whether to be jealous that I don’t attend this university, or saddened by the fact that humans let their domesticated rabbits out into the wild assuming they’ll do fine. I volunteer at the SPCA here and we get a lot of “stray” rabbits, which is weird to me…. there was a stray boa too, so I guess it’s not surprising. But after becoming a houserabbit owner myself, I realize how wonderful and complicated these little creatures are as pets, and it makes me want to find homes for all of them. But I also want to visit University of Victoria now too. I am torn! Torn I tell you!!!

  106. I WANT BUNS!!!!!!

  107. I am clearly living in the wrong part of Canada. The cute wildlife punks out as soon as it snows in these parts. I lived and taught in Australia last year, and that made for some interesting on-campus wildlife. I had to give detentions to a couple of grade three kids after I caught them chasing a kangaroo across the oval. Prolly the coolest detention I ever gave.

  108. ah, so cute…just wondering, is anyone else having a problem with the page layout? usually, there are arrows to go to the next pic, but the last few days, they’ve been missing and I have to keep going back to my yahoo page to go to the next link. :)

  109. So sad in a way. Somebody, at sometime in the past, must have dumped domesticated rabbits. But it is good to see that these are doing well and are loved.

  110. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  111. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  112. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  113. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  114. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  115. waffles'momma says:

    Wow! UVic! I’ve been thinking for so long of submitting photos of our dear disaproving university, but, I finished my degree last week so I’m not going back!

    it’s nice to see all the other people in the comments that are also from Victoria :)

    Fantastic!

    p.s. it’s true, when I took the bus to school in the mornings, I’d count how many rabbits I saw from entering campus to getting to my class, on average it was about 75.

    at nights, when the sun is starting to go down and all the students are gone, you can see all the buns congregate on the fields. their numbers are almost impossible to count.

  116. Please, tell everyone you know that you cannot handle a rabbit’s young. The rabbit will smell your touch and not return to the nest. Yes, they are irresistible, but you MUST refrain.

  117. The whole city of Victoria is crawling with bunnies. I was there last year and was playing with one on the beach!

  118. Could that be Long Beach City College? We had loadsa buns when I went there!

  119. (It doesn’t look like it, but I should say that the buns moved in there about 25 years ago or more…)

  120. *points, mesmerized* I want to go to there…

  121. I went to that school (UVic). The spring time is hilarious, when a new batch of excitable baby bunnies invades the campus. They scoot around from bush to bush, but after a few months they get used to people and just lay around.

    The population varies from year to year. In the second-to-last picture with two bunnies (one under the bench), last summer you would’ve seen 20 or so bunnies at any given time in that area.

  122. Kimberley says:

    Ha! I knew from the first picture that these were taken at UVic! I was there fifteen years ago and we DID NOT have buns like that. On occasion you might see the flash of a jackrabbit, but that was it. The year or two after I was there (about 1993 or 1994) was when some fool in residence let a pet rabbit (or two) go and like someone else already said in the comments, they bred with the jackrabbits and the rest is history!

    I feel a bit ripped off because we didn’t have them when I was there.

  123. berthaservant says:

    We have lots of squewrls around UCSB, but buns…that’s a whole ‘nother league of cute.

    :: searching UVic website hoping they need someone to teach theatre or film ::

  124. Unfortunately that cuteness the result of irresponsible pet owners who thought rabbits were plush toys and were surprised to find that they need care, so they just abandoned them. They do a lot of damage to the landscaping, natural vegetation, and infrastructure of the university, and they are subject to disease and predation out there. Since there are obviously no homes for them the only responsible option is to euthanize them just like other unwanted animals. The university is not the villain; the villains are pet store owners who sell rabbits to people who are not informed and committed to adoption for life.

  125. soooooo cuuuuute! where is this?! my campus only has squirrels (which are gosh darn cute, but you can’t really pet them…)

  126. Bunnyversity.

  127. Jennie Mello says:

    I have lots of bunnies in my back yard. Right now there are more bunny footprints (and those are cute footprints!) in the snow than human foot prints.

  128. What a coincidence, I just heard from a friend who transfered to UVic and she was telling me about the bunnies. And now they are on Cuteoverload! Weird.

  129. wannadance says:

    i went to Rice in Houston and all we had were grackles, ugly loud very poopy black birds. the admin. in their infinite wisdom, had little guys in yellow slickers running around with wooden bricks, clapping them together to scare away a whole treeful of grackles. and of course, you get a whole treeful of grackle poop. all over the students and the statues of willie marsh rice, the certifiable founder of Rice.

    what an insane place. i left after two years because it wasn’t insane in quite my own way. went to U. of Texas where they just have guys shooting from towers. i liked it.

    in retrospect, Rice, depressing as it was, was just loaded with nerds and geeks and suicidal weirdos. i shoulda stayed there.

  130. When I worked at Yale all we had was hippies…

  131. Yay! I’m so thrilled that pictures of the bun population at UVic finally made it onto this website! Thank you so much Lisa M for taking pics and sending them in.
    I have lived in Victoria my whole life, about 5 minutes from this bun-iversity and every time I visit UVic it’s a joy to see these little guys. They hide in the gardens and bushes, so you never really know how many there are really, but it never ceases to amaze me how understanding everyone is about these little fluff balls.
    Thanks again :)

  132. My campus used to have peacocks that would strut around and wake the students up. We also had chickens, swans, geese, and lots of bunnies. They got rid of the peacocks and the chickens and other poultry, but they never managed to get rid of the buns. They’re all a boring brown, though (with the odd black one), and not tame at all!

  133. I thought it was gonna be University of Alberta, cuz we got ourselves some serious buns. There’s even a Fan of the Campus Rabbits facebook page…

  134. Yes, they’re EVERYWHERE in uvic. It’s so cute! I could sit there all day and watch them hop around. I love that photo of that white one randomly sitting beside the bikes Can’t picture that place to feel more comfortable than grass. however, I don’t think this person should have taken those baby buns outside of the nest. they’re very fragile and just because they’re cute doesn’t mean you should instantly go and pick them up.

  135. Even their Wikipedia entry has pics of buns!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Victoria

  136. Those are definitely domestic buns. I agree they got ditched. How cute is that though that they get so much attention on campus. This is definitely the place where my dream of having lots of baby buns dumped on top of me could come true. It’s like the ball pit at Chucky Cheese, but better and cuter. :)

  137. awww baby buns!!!! that’s adorable!

  138. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  139. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  140. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  141. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  142. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  143. eliot's hooman says:

    …and lsuhillary for the WIN with the btvs reference! (from the musical ep, no less!)

  144. slumcat millionaire says:

    Carleton has a cat? I grew up in Northfield, and I never knew that.

  145. wannadance says:

    meggers, i loved your story about the bunny under your car so much i have gone back to read it several time. very charming and wonderful.

    thank you!

  146. darkshines says:

    I’d love to go there, we have hundreds of wild rabbits in Wales, but they are terrified of you :(

  147. The community college in Rancho Cucamonga, CA is overrun with wild bunnies too. I wish we had the cute Melbournean variety of possums out here instead of our freakish ones.

  148. as soon as I saw the buns I knew it had to be… U of Vic!

  149. i think i finally found the college that i’m going to after high school. i love bunnies.

  150. In Seattle there’s a park with tons of domestic bunnies running around. They burrow in the hills around the lake. Near Woodlawn Park and Green Lake north of downtown Seattle.

  151. Xenobiologista says:

    We have plenty of native cottontails around my campus (University of Wisconsin), and I’m looking forward to seeing the baby buns in the spring. Feral domestic rabbits running around loose is a bit weird. Yes, they’re awfully cute, but also a potential ecological problem if they start crowding out native buns and spreading outside campus. Australian Cuteologists want to weigh in?

  152. Wild rabbits? On campus? Just hopping, around? Are you kidding me?

    What do they eat and drink? Grass and reflecting pool water? Poor buns! (Still, they do look pretty darn happy!)

  153. I have lived in Victoria all my life and work at Uvic.
    I LOVE seeing the bunnies every day..it is one of the perks about working here!
    I was petting a very tame one just today; a true stress reducer!
    It is sad to think of students capturing the babies to raise in their rooms though!!!
    (THAT is totally wrong, and cruel)

  154. Yea I go there now, its like this, well more overrun than anything, they’re everywhere
    It’s adorable, but i’ve grown up here, you really just get used to it

  155. renee in tx says:

    buns on the run

  156. I saw the wiki link (thanks) and I’m freaked by the surrounding raptors. I love my owls and hawks, but oh no! Poor buns!

  157. We’ve been having a heatwave in Melbourne – 43 Wednesday, 44.2 yesterday and 43 forecast for today… a friends two bunnies didn’t make it, my friends dog died getting in their pool, another friends goldfish didn’t make it (all 3 owner are just devestated) and I am not joking when I say that birds and possums have been falling from the trees….Does anyone know if these Vic U bunnies are doing ok? My bunnies are inside and I have had my aircon on for them for the last 3 days straight…oh sorry to bring down the cute mood but it has been a sad couple of days for our little animal friends.

  158. How do you catch a unique rabbit?

    Unique up on it!

    Well, how do you catch a tame rabbit?

    Easy, the tame way, unique up on it.

    Okay, okay, how do you catch a common rabbit?

    C’mon, the tame way, unique up on it!

    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself… I’m going to be looking for grad schools soon… looks like this university made it to the top of the list! :D

  159. Milly, this uni is not in Australia, it’s in Canada.

    We who live in Melbourne Australia definitely need to keep our furry friends cool and comfortable during this heatwave. Frozen soft drink bottles work a treat in their cages for them to lay next to. My bunnies and piggies all live inside in air conditioned comfort.

    Tracie :o)

  160. mervtheflamingo says:

    Theo,

    Did you go to Carleton?

    [No, but I do know somebody who works there. - Ed.]

  161. I knew from the first picture that this was UVIC! I’ve seen these buns and I’m not sure I could concentrate, either, if I were taking classes there. I only went to an AGM there and I was distracted! *sigh*

  162. Milly, the weather in Victoria, BC, Canada, where UVIC is, is 6°C and rainy. Yup…the bunnies are just fine.

  163. I went there too!

    The bunnies are sort of half feral (in that they survive fine on their own) and half tame (eating out of your hands, expecting cuddles and the like).

    It’s heaven, tiny baby bunnies just hanging out everywhere. It helps loads with calculus-anger.

  164. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  165. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  166. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  167. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  168. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  169. lucy's mommeh says:

    Poorviolet, I rather enjoy the unusual critters from your campus! Neat/weird stuff..:)

  170. @Milly: Hope the weather is improving in Melbourne! I’ve been watching the Australian Open (I’m in the US, near Chicago), and the commentators have been talking about how dangerous the heat has been. What a beautiful place it looks like from the pictures!!

  171. Yay UVic! I have been attending this school for far too long, but when it seems like there is no end in sight, I look out the window and see bunnies, and then I feel happy.

    Seriously, in the spring, theres baby bunnies EVERYWHERE. The first time i saw them, i thought something furry had exploded because there were just balls of fluff with triangles on top everywhere. Thankfully, nothing fuzzy had exploded and it was actually a plethora or cute, fresh out of the nest baby bunnies.

  172. Reminds me of Michigan State, they had lots of rabbits, but I think they were wild ones, not domesticated or feral. So did College of New jersey, but what they really have is lots and lots of squirrels!

  173. Where is this wonderful place? I must transfer *immediately*!

  174. We didn’t have buns, but we had friendly cats. My biggest college pet memory, however, was going to Big Game at Cal and seeing their GINORMOUS squirrels. I’ve never felt so threatened by circling tail fuzz.

  175. This is also the case with Long Beach City college. bunnies everywhere!

  176. Janina Austria says:

    Is this in Long Beach City College? because they have lots of bunnies running around the campus.

  177. I’ve been many times to the UVIC campus and it truly is overrun with buns. AWESOME! Best university campus experience evah.

    And for anyone curious, yes, it’s the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island in Canada. w007!

  178. I’m a University of Victoria alum. It’s a little known fact that the rabbits on campus number over 1000. The rumour is they were introduced in the 70s when some nearby homeowners released their unwanted cotton-tail pets into the ‘wilds’ of the campus, where they bred like, well, rabbits. Today they’re technically classified as vermin (like rats). But so while to kill a bunny on campus may not get you arrested for animal cruelty, the notoriously liberal and hippy-like student body may have a word with you.

  179. Man, why did I go to UBC instead? If only I knew about the bunnies at uVic. The next time I’m on the island, I’ll have to visit the campus just for the them cute buns!!!

    On the other hand, one thing UBC (and other parts of Vancouver) has, since the garbage strike in ’07, is a large population of gimongous rats. Not cute. Great for the Olympics, I’m sure. ;p

  180. My alma mater! I am another UVic graduate. I made a funny sound at work today when I saw UVic on Cute Overload! Bun U? UBun?

  181. I wanna go to this college!!!

  182. The very sad part? Everytime school’s out, Bunnies disappear by the dozen. They are being exterminated as they are seen by many (apparently) as pests. They have started a “do not feed the bunnies” campaign, trying to make us believe that the reason we see less of them, is because they have gone back to the wild. Right.

  183. Kelly Buccini says:

    I am a UVic alumnus and bun owner. It would break my heart to see those bunnies on campus, many of them became injured or worse as the school year progressed. Yes, those pics are adorable, but I know that not all of them are from feral colonies. Some are “dump jobs”-by those illustrious rabbit owners too ignorant to realize the trauma of dumping off their pets in the middle of a crazy, busy university campus.

    I absolutely love CO, but I don’t endorse UVic as a beloved mythical bunny-land. I have spoken to those who dumped their rabbits, who rescued bunnies there, and those who had to deal with the injured, sick and dead ones. It’s not a happy place for rabbits, sorry. Like the time a drunken student thought it would be a hoot to kick a rabbit to death.

    I don’t like being a downer, but this is one time where a dose of reality needs to come into play. Hopefully I can post something more positive on the next cute bun pics I see here, because there are lots and I really enjoy this site. It’s just this time you got it wrong.

  184. PeaSeaPea says:

    UVic is FULL of bunnehs. And in the spring, crowds of students will stop to “awwww” at the babies.

  185. Nibbler, devourer of souls says:

    That is so awesome. My university was just overrun with ducks. And random cats. Freshmen get to greet their first spring at college with the infamous duck gang raping. I’d much rather a bunny cuddle pile.

  186. OMG yes! I’m a student at UVIC and love the bunnies. The campus is on an anti- bunny campaign trying to stop the students from feeding/handling them to control the population. But look at them! Can you deny them? (Actually we have a joke that they’re not so secretly plotting to take over the campus). Besides, they have excellent positive psychological effects. <3

    I don’t agree with her taking out the bunnies out of their nest though. Not because the mom won’t take care of them, that’s just a myth, but because they’re in the nest for a reason.

    Anyway, come winter or summer the rabbits are out, and at dusk they all come out.

  187. They all look like pet shop rabbits, not like wild gray-brown buns. *inspects other comments* Ah! I guess they pretty much are. That’s both terribly cute and a wee bit sad ’cause of invasive species issues yada yada and so on. But mostly just cute. I know I would have had fun chasing bunnies around campus!

  188. Wow poorviolet, I want to go to Melbourne! Screw bunnies, I want to go where there are possums and flying foxes! that is wicked cool.

  189. Nope, no colony of cats at Purdue. Or bunnies. Just a large colony of feral engineering students – very adorable!

  190. I clicked on Estlin’s link, and followed it to “Download UVic Rabbit Posters.” Hahaha! Obviously I do NOT belong at this campus. “You wouldn’t pet an eagle.” Um, yes I would. “You wouldn’t feed a raccoon.” Umm, hello?? Yes I totally would!

  191. Please, mom, can I go here? Please? Please please please. I promise to get straight A’s.

  192. Man, and here I was at school in the middle of Ohio where we only had squirrellies and various birds and a skunk who chased me around for 3 years (no joke, I am pretty sure the skunk was stalking me).

    Just promise me you won’t build a huge fence to keep the buns on either side of…

    [Middle of Ohio? Would that be OSU? I'm from Dayton, graduated from Antioch; no rabbit-proof fence there... - Ed.]

  193. Okay- Mike the other mike- gotta bone to pick with you– that hovertext made me have to go look up Monty Python on youtube- which led me to laughing about it all night.

    MR Bunkins- will you stand up please?

  194. pinball22 says:

    OMG! That place has buns like my alma mater (U. of TN) has squirrels. I like squirrels fine, but variously colored buns is much cuter.

  195. RabidReporter says:

    This is UVic’s official policy:

    Although rabbits are part of UVic campus life, they can also have an impact on human health and safety, and on plants and property. To help reduce this impact, the university is developing a long-term management plan for rabbits.

    Read more here: http://communications.uvic.ca/rabbits/

  196. where is this magical place and how do I get there?!?!?!

  197. chugtpwnd says:

    I’ve totally been to this Uni, it’s U. of Victoria in British Columbia Canada! It’s an amazing, b-e-a-uitful magical bun-filled campus!!!

  198. I’m glad to know that there’s a little ecosystem happening there to keep the buns in control.

    I would be curious as to what the average blood pressure is on that campus. ^_^ I know mine has always been low, but it noticeably dropped with the addition of bunnies into my house. Hee!

  199. AH! This is so cool! This is my school! Seriously – these little bun buns are absolutely EVERYWHERE.

  200. These are not wild bunnies, please call your local shelter, or Rabbit House Society. They need to be spayed, neutered, and brought inside. On one hand, the pictures are so cute, but on the other, it breaks my heart that they are not inside warm, being loved.

  201. That’s where I live!

  202. As cute as they may seem… they have caused signficant problems for the island’s ecosystem. To suggest that local predator’s ‘take care’ of the problem is an overstatement. I live a considerable distance north of Victoria (Parksville), and the local rabbit population here has sky-rocketed since the 1980’s. Of course, it is nothing compared to the half a million terrapin turtles now living in Vancouver-area ponds.

    To ‘rescue’ these bunnies and spay or neuter them would cost an incredible sum: there are thousands of them. We don’t even have enough vets here to do something like that. It’s a silly suggestion.

  203. Howdy! I go to an English university/college and we have about a million bunnies too – only ours don’t seem quite so friendly as yours.

    How cute!
    Niz xxx

  204. If that’s Lisa in the photo, the rabbits have some competition in the cute category.

  205. Emmy T — well, they’re wild now. (feral)

  206. I want a bun pile! Maybe this is a new rule of cute: Anything that is cute can automatically be made exponentially cuter by putting it in a pile of other cute things.

    BUN PILE!!!!!!!!!

  207. When the University of Victoria comes around to promote their school, they actually mention the bunnies… in detail. While other Universities site their academics and student life, they pass around pamphlets that have a section dedicated to the bunnies. And rightfully so.
    And yes, they name them too.

  208. I attended a women’s college back east, and I’d see wild bunnies on the campus, and not the Playboy ones, either.

  209. Kimberley says:

    Yay! That’s my University! Man I miss it.

    All those bikes outside the Cornett building? Man oh man. I hated that blasted “shaped like a brain” building. But the bunnies made it alllll worth trekking from Clearihue to the Fine Arts building allll worth it.

  210. This is adorable but very sad! Poor little domestic buns out in the cold winter. It is too bad that the population has gotten so out of hand, it can lead to widespread disease and destruction of habitat.

  211. carbface jones says:

    This makes me sad and happy at the same time. One of the four house rabbits I now live w/was going to b set free by the silly owner. He’s a tiny, timid dwarf bun and he would have been gobbled up in a minute if I didn’t take him.

    These guys are beautiful.

  212. so cute! i wish i was tiny so i could snuggle with those baby buns :3

  213. I’ve been here before! Buns are everywhere, 4 reals.

  214. Will Von Wizzlepig says:

    SO CUTE! And, what’s this? And absolutely adorable girl to go with the bunnies? Thank you!

  215. I graduated from UVic last April.

    It’s great seeing comments like: “I want to go that mythical college.” And my favourite(That’s the Canadian spelling), thanks to 30Rock “I want to go to there.”

  216. thought I would throw my comment into the pool…

    I am also a UVic alum, and YES, these photos do not do justice to how much the buns overrun the campus. But I didn’t complain the whole time I was there.

    And the COLOURS! you should see them. There are white ones, beige ones, chinchilla coloured ones, black and white Holstein cow ones, black ones, brown ones, ones with blue eyes, ones with red eyes… it goes on and on and on. But the best part about the buns is getting to know the regulars. They are pretty territorial and tend to stick in the same spots.

  217. Aren’t you supposed to not touch wild animals like bunnies? Their mommies won’t go back to them if they smell humans on them! :`(

  218. California State University, Long Beach has this “problem” too. I don’t know if it still does but I visited it about four years ago and they were EVERYWHERE.

  219. thats so sad :(. Can i has one i promise i’ll take good care of it. :) I have researched bunnies like whoa and want one so bad :(. Someday i’ll transfer to such sweet mythical place

  220. thats so sad :(. Can i has one i promise i’ll take good care of it. :) I have researched bunnies like whoa and want one so bad :(. Someday i’ll transfer to such sweet mythical place

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