A colony of black-tailed jackrabbits (above) has made their home in the flatlands around JFK airport for decades. But like many New Yorkers (including myself), these bunnies weren't born here - they were originally from someplace else.
Ephemeral New York has the story:
They’re the progeny of fugitive rabbits native to the U.S. West from a shipment that arrived at JFK about 50 years ago.
A crate of these two-foot rabbits “was supposed to be shipped to a game farm, where the rabbits would be stalked by hunters,” states Wild New York, by Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson.
“Instead, the jackrabbits broke loose and discovered that the grassy areas alongside the runways were similar to their native desert flatlands.”
“The escaped jackrabbits and their descendants have been living at JFK ever since—and new litters of baby jackrabbits are born at the airport every spring.”
According to my research, these crafty bunnies have actually infiltrated the airport itself...
A few have even gotten jobs at the airport...