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When we visited Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston, I looked over and suddenly noticed a small baby bunny sitting quietly near some brush and sniffing the air. After a few minutes, I could spot several of them, and one of the people at the graveyard told me you will see them quite a bit, because it’s a very protected area for them to live. So this whole post is just an excuse to show you adorable baby bunny photos. Without further ado, here are some of the real graveyard rabbits of Boston.

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Haldeman cribs (2)

It took me a while to figure out that the carved creature at the foot of this crib is supposed to be a rabbit. Look very closely and you will see the long ears laid flat against its back and the powerful haunches to power the backlegs.

Haldeman cribs (3)

I don’t know what, if any, symbolic significance the rabbit has in funerary art – I’ve not been able to find it in my usual references. Maybe it is a symbol we are missing or maybe the Haldeman child buried here had an affection for rabbits or a particularly treasured bunny, whether real or plush.
Haldeman cribs (4)

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