The Richmond Auto Mall is home to 14 car dealerships, and a large expatriate population of rabbits who formerly lived at Richmond Nature Park, but decided, like Star Trek adventurers, to boldly emigrate to Richmond Auto Mall. A hop, skip, and a jump away, assuming they survive the onslaught and snarls of highway traffic during rush hour.
But there are few worries for Thumper’s cousins; I’ve yet to see rabbit roadkill. When nature gives you big feet, you learn to use them in a hurry. It’s mostly the less streetwise raccoons and skunks who end up there after failed midnight dashes). Plus, Metro Vancouver motorists would rather brake for Mother Duck and her ducklings who waddle across the road with regular frequency, and cause a possible rear-end collision, than harm Mother Nature’s creatures.
The pickings are much better there (all the grass you can eat, plus the odd carrot and cabbage handouts, less competition from your furry competitors, no natural predators, and adoring humans), and there are no signs at the Richmond Auto Mall to not feed them. Even though humans should know better!
Actually, the dealerships (with the ironic exception of the Volkswagen dealership) have these furry quadrupeds to thank for bringing in more traffic/potential buyers. The not-so-hidden greatest secret. Even though all parties know who the real stars of the (side)show are. Let’s face it: car dealerships are just window dressing, with their fancy cars on display. The kick-the-tire event, if you will.
Why most people oooh and aaah about rabbits, but jump up on chairs at the sight of rats and mice is beyond me. These bunnies have been accustomed to the presence of us two-footed beings and are quite bold. They won’t pogo-stick away if you should walk their way. In fact, some of them seem to be downright aggressive panhandlers. But they will move away from you if you don’t have something to feed them, or if you pretend to ignore them. The photos for this article were taken three years ago. I wonder if these fuzzy inhabitants are still there, propagating and eating to their hearts’ delight?