Hordes of bunnies attacking cars at the Denver International airport have been causing all sorts of headaches for car owners and airport personnel.
Oh sure, they may be cute and fuzzy, but as soon as anyone leaves their vehicle at the airport, these guys are on the job, according to this article from UPI.Com.
And they're hungry. However, to say that they are attacking cars seems a little...stretched. Perhaps a headline like "Bunnies Nibbling On Cars At Airport," doesn't sound as dramatic. It's much more exciting to say they are "attacking" the cars, but then this brings to mind an image of enormous Bunnysaurus rexes tearing around and destroying defenseless automobiles in their wake.
This sounds like something that belongs in an episode of The Twilight Zone.
At Denver's International Airport (DIA), hordes of these adorable tiny terrors have been doing things like munching on wires that surround the ignition cables.
Why these little critters do this is something that only bunny rabbits can understand. They do, however, like to shelter under the cars for warmth, and apparently, they figure that dinner is close at paw.
"They like to chew on the insulator portion of your ignition cables," Wiley Faris, a spokesman for Arapahoe Autotek, told UPI.Com. "That wiring harness has all the wiring for the car, so it can run from the hundreds into the thousands depending upon where the harness is damaged."
Most insurance companies won't foot the bill for damage caused by rabbits and officials at DIA and the City of Denver report that the airport and the city aren't responsible for any car damage. This means that repairs are the driver's responsibility.
When that happens, the bunnies probably don't look so cute to those who are saddled with massive car repair bills.
USDA Wildfire Services remove about 100 of the rascally rabbits monthly, but there's plenty more where that came from, UPI.Com reports.
Coyote urine to the rescue?
Apparently urine from coyotes or foxes keeps hungry little bunnies away, local mechanics told UPI.Com. It can be bought at professional hunting shops.
DIA is also considering other natural methods to discourage the rabbits, including fencing that will make it difficult for them to burrow under, and constructing perches to attract hawks and eagles to keep the rabbit population in check, according to The International Business Times.
Whatever airport officials decide to do, one thing is quite apparent: These bunnies attacking cars need cushy new digs.
Preferably well away from the airport.
Photo credit: Wapus, via Wikimedia Commons