ROGUE RIVER, Ore., — The students at Great Beginnings Childcare & Preschool in Rogue River didn’t have a great beginning on Wednesday. The children discovered their class bunny, Amos, disappeared overnight. The evidence was clear to Police Chief Ken Lewis; someone had stolen the preschool’s mascot. Rhonda Schock, who runs Great Beginnings, says the thief probably took the bunny as a pet, citing the missing water dispenser and food dish to back up her wishful thinking.
Although this is the first case of rabbit-napping for the Rogue River Police Department, Chief Lewis says felony charges could apply if the thief harmed or killed the bunny. While it’s a first for the police, it’s not a first for New Beginnings. Three months ago the school’s pet rabbit Stew disappeared under the same circumstances.
Schock says her students are heartbroken and are learning a tough life lesson. She added that an empty cage sits near the entrance in hopes of the bunny, or bunnies, return – no questions asked.