Friday, February 27, 2009

Mystery of dead rabbit found in tree!

Mystery of the dead rabbit dangling in a tree - From YOUR CANTERBURY

THE macabre sight of a mutilated rabbit left dangling from a tree covered in red ribbons has sent shockwaves around the University of Kent.

Shocked students were left stunned when they spotted the grisly spectacle dangling from a tree close to the university’s campus.And to make the bizarre scene odder, just hours after it was first spotted, the rabbit had been removed and replaced with the chalk outline of the animal at the foot of the tree.

Now police are investigating the incident and say they are taking it seriously.Meanwhile, students have been whipping themselves into a frenzy of speculation and rumour as to who could be behind the incident.The dead rabbit was hanging from the tree above the footpath that leads down from Tyler Court to St Stephen’s Hill.Drama student Jessie Rawlinson said: “Some of my friends were walking home from class and saw this rabbit hanging from a tree with its insides hanging out. The tree was covered in red ribbons.“I went down to the tree next morning and the rabbit was gone, with just a chalk outline drawn underneath.“The ribbons were still tied to the tree though. It’s absolutely horrendous and whoever is responsible should be stopped.”Miss Rawlinson said the story was all around campus, but so far the university authorities have refused to comment.

Psychology students posting on a popular online social networking site have made the chilling observation that various studies have indicated a link between animal cruelty and serial killers.Psychology student Samantha Leivers said: “Just to make everyone a little more freaked out, most serial murderers start off torturing and killing animals first.”Other students have called for the authorities to take a hard line on instances of animal cruelty, especially if the culprit turns out to be a fellow student.A spokesman for Canterbury police said: “We have been made aware by local students that a dead rabbit was tied to a tree on the stairs leading up to the university campus, just past Downs Road. “The incidents happened two weeks ago, but police were not made aware until recently. “We would urge anyone with information to contact PCSO Gary Painter on 07772 226195 or call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Calls are free and you do not have to give your name.”

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