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Hungry Urban Rabbits Turn to Bird Seed

The long, harsh winter has sent Helsinki's urban rabbits to birds’ feeding grounds. Officials say they expect to find widespread damage caused by the rabbits' burrowing once the snow melts.

Villikani kaislikon keskellä.
Villikani kaislikon keskellä. Image: YLE

The city's environmental officials say they have found inner city rabbits feeding together with birds. Sunflower seeds seem to be a favourite of the urban leporids.

Severe winter weather has not taken a toll on Helsinki's exploding population of feral rabbits. Earlier this winter park officials reported that the urban bunnies were taking advantage of huge snowbanks to chew on trees and bushes protected by fences.

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