North Korean Megafauna

Animals

This month in history...giant rabbit breeder Karl Szmolinsky accuses DPRK leader Kim Jong-il of eating his best rabbit.

 

FEBRUARY 2006, GERMANY
Giant 22-pound rabbit named Robert I  wins the title of biggest rabbit in Germany. 
 

SPRING 2006, NORTH KOREA 
Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il gets wind of the magnificently meaty Robert I, and sees an opportunity to feed his people on the cheap.


FALL 2006, GERMANY
The North Korean embassy calls up Robert I's breeder, Karl Szmolinsky, to set up a rabbit-breeding farm in Pyongyang. (No one worries that the rabbits require 2-lb of food per day, which is roughly double the average food ration for a North Korean citizen.)


FALL 2006, NORTH KOREA
12 giant rabbits are sent to North Korea, with Szmolinsky himself scheduled to come later to oversee their breeding. 


SPRING 2007, NORTH KOREA
North Korean officials cancel Szmolinsky's trip.


SPRING 2007, GERMANY
Szmolinsky confides his suspicion that Kim Jong-il had succumbed to temptation, and "Robert I and his fellow bunnies had been eaten by top officials" to newspaper Der Spiegel.

 

Giant bunny food for north korea-e1300067878505Photo Credit: Der Spiegel

 

Text: Caitlin Hu