Festive Nativity Includes Guinea Pigs, Rabbits Stolen
Local children expressed delight at seeing the animals, which were kept in wire cages, but they caused outrage among members of the Animal Liberation Front who saw this as animal exploitation for entertainment purposes.
Two members of the group pulled a pair of much-loved rabbits named Cip and Ciop from their cage and bundled them in a sack in an effort to “liberate” the pair of bunnies. A note was left for the monks of the Convent of St Francis stating, “They are well and scampering around happily in their new environment. The sadism of the friars, who imprisoned them to satisfy the curiosity of the so-called faithful, has been vanquished by a legitimate and necessary act of liberation.”
Those at the church are surprised by the raid describing the situation as “incomprehensible” and insist the rabbits had been well looked after. The disappearance of the rabbits left local children upset and disappointed, however, a local farming family stepped in and provided three new ones to the church.
The Corpo Forestale, one of Italy’s many police forces, continue to look after the current pets cared for by the monks and investigate the previously stolen rabbits.
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