Breaking News from Your Caterpickles Official Junior Photojournalist: Bengal Bunny Vandalized!

The Bengal Bunny by Sal D’Antona will make its official debut on next week’s issue of Through the Lens, but when we heard this morning that it had been vandalized, The Five-Year-Old couldn’t rest until she had visited the scene and brought you the report.

We are sorry to say that it’s true. Someone really did take off one of his ears.

The Bengal Bunny. (Photo: The Five-Year-Old, Bengal Bunny (c) 2012 Salvatore D’Antona)

According to the Dedham Transcript, the vandalism occurred sometime between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. Efforts to locate the missing ear have been unsuccessful so far.

In the meantime, Cowpainters, the studio in Illinois that created the original fiberglass rabbit, has begun work crafting a new fiberglass ear. Still, Monica Wilkinson of Dedham Shines, the non-profit behind the Dedham Public Art Project, says that the process of repairing the ear will be both lengthy and expensive.

We’ll keep you posted on developments as they occur. When the Bengal Bunny gets his ear back, you’ll hear it here first second pretty soon after.

Want to help?

Dedham Shines is collecting donations to help defray the cost of the repairs. If you would like to donate, you can:

  • Make checks payable to “Dedham Shines” (write “DPAP” on the memo line, please) and mail to Dedham Shines, PO Box 1023, Dedham MA 02027
  • Visit the Dedham Shines booth at the Dedham Farmers Market on Wednesday, Aug 1 to donate to the Rabbit Recovery Fund in person
  • Make an online donation here.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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