punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Night of the Lepus?

Not the film, but for real: North Korea to breed giant rabbits.

And apparently they are not the first; they are getting them from a known giant rabbit breeder. Right out of a 1970s Roger Moore James Bond plot, these giant rabbits are bred by a former Eastern Block German farmer.

Karl Szmolinsky, a 67 year old, East German pensioner that have bred rabbits the size of dogs for 47 years was asked by North Korea's ambassador whether he might be willing to sell some rabbits to set up a breeding farm in North Korea.

North Korea is a country of 23 million which have widespread food shortages and many people "struggle to feed themselves on a diet critically deficient in protein, fats and micronutrients" according to the United Nations Food Programme.

Each of Karl's 'German Grey Monsters' weigh about 7kg and can be used to feed 8 people. He was delighted to help the North Koreans, that he gave the North Koreans a special price, €80 per rabbit instead of the usual €200 to €250.

But Kim Jong Ill beware! Ran away! Run away!
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