We are well aware that rabbits can be bloodthirsty savages when it comes to heads of states, like the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and the rabbit that attacked the US president in 1979. Another such incident reportedly happened in 1807 when Napoleon Bonaparte, then the Emperor of France, went to war with a horde of a thousand rabbits.
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It was supposed to be a hunt, organized by the Prince of Neuchâtel, Alexandre Berthier, on a plot of land Berthier owned in Paris. To make sure the hunt was a success, Berthier arranged for around a thousand rabbits to be brought to the hunt on that day. But when the rabbits were released, they didn’t scatter to avoid the party of men shooting at them. Instead, they charged! The men went into battle mode to protect Napoleon and rebuffed the rabbits, but after a while, the rabbits regrouped and charged again. This time, they swarmed onto the emperor himself!
While Napoleon escaped with his life, as well as the rest of the hunting party, they lost the battle. The red-faced Berthier was the subject of an investigation over the incident, which yielded a perfectly logical explanation for the rabbits’ behavior. Read the whole story plus the aftermath at Just History Posts. It’s a pretty good story, and there’s a chance that it might even be true. -via Strange Company