Bunnicula is real and he’s a black rabbit with red fangs and claws menacingly perched above the ornate doorway to solicitors’ offices in the historic Cathedral Buildings in Newcastle, England. He’s a mysterious grotesque who’s been up there for over a century now, but no one seems to know why or what he represents. However there are stories:
"Erected with the rest of the building in 1901, locals tell a tale of grave robbers who were running rampant in the area until one dark night the fanged beastie rose on the door opposite the graveyard as if to scare off future robbers. Less superstitiously, it has also been theorized that the vampire rabbit is in fact a hare whose ears were mistakenly put on backwards. If this were the case the bloody little creature could have been installed to reference Sir George Hare Phipson, a local doctor, Freemason, and friend of the cathedral’s architect."
The blood-sucking bun was originally the same sandy color as the stonework that surrounds him. His jet-black coat and blood-red teeth and claws are a modern addition. So he could simply be a representation of the Easter bunny, albeit an alarmingly sinister one. Whatever his reason for being there, we think he’s awesome.
Photos by wanderingfool
[via Atlas Obscura]
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