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PostPosted: 26-07-2004 08:30    Post subject: Rabbit Monster Reply with quote

This happened to me when I was between 4 and 9 years old. I've seen and read a few things lately, both on this message board and elsewhere, which made me think that perhaps it's time to share it with you.

The first time it happened, I was laying in bed asleep, or trying to sleep. All was quiet. I was awoken suddenly, by a "tapping" on my shoulder. I brushed it off, as you do, and dismissed it. But a moment later, there it was again: the tapping. On my shoulder. At this point I started to worry, and hid myself deeper under my sheets.

Tap, tap tap. There it was again.

Tap. And again.

I began to "freeze" with terror. Perhaps if I stayed perfectly still, it would stop. But it didn't. The worse part is that it didn't feel like a "finger" or a "hand" tapping my shoulder -- no, it was more like a "paw". The tapping became more vigorous, as if who or whatever was doing it, was becoming annoyed at my lack of response. As it became more agressive, and I became more and more frightened, the tapping started to be accompanied by something which struck fear into my very soul: The breathing sound.

It was an abrupt, animal-like breathing. "Hrrrr! Hrrrrrr!", it got louder, louder, louder, until finally I gave in and peeked over my sheets...

And there it was. The Rabbit Monster!!!

It "leapt" up onto my bed, sitting directly on top of me, and started "thumping" me in the chest, staring down at me, looking right in my face, thumping, breathing, thumping.... Oh God, stop it, go away, please go away, don't hurt me, no, nooo, nooooo!!!

The monster was no more than 4 feet tall, it's face was black and leathery. The rest of it's body was covered in brown, wirey fur. It had two pointy ears (like a rabbit) and it had two elongated rabbit-like teath. And dark, staring eyes.

If you want a good example, look no further than Frank the rabbit in the movie "Donnie Darko". Go look at the cover image of that DVD and you'll see the kind of face I'm talking about.

I lay there in my petrified state until eventually I found the courage to scream out. At which point I think my mum entered the room, switched the light on, and tried her hardest to convince me it was only a dream. And sure enough the creature had gone away.... for now.

I was convinced this monster hid under my bed, and came out to frighten me whenever it felt like it.

And it did.... Many, many times.

This went on for several years. I would be awoken by a "tapping on my shoulder", followed by that hoarse, evil breathing sound, and then the terrifying climax of thumping and scaring me.

It felt too real to be a dream. Even at that age, I had dreams and knew the difference between them and reality. In fact this experience would usually start off with being "woken" from a dream by the "tapping" on my shoulder.

Eventually I managed to "conquer" it by trying to communicate with it telepathically, before I went to sleep. I would say to it (in my head), "please stop it now, I am fed up with you, please dont visit me tonight". I convinced myself that somehow the monster got the message. This worked to some extent, but the real winning move was to simply forget about it. The less attention I paid this thing, the less it bothered me. So eventually it was gone.

Some say that children have over-active imaginations. Some say children are simply prone to nightmares and cannot distingush them from reality. Some say that children are able to see real strange things that adults cannot see. I'm still not sure which category I fell into. All I know is that something happened, real or not, that I still think about today as a 30 year old man.

I know that many people had "monster under the bed" experiences in childhood, but I wonder if any of you had similar one to mine?

Is there any folklore or myth describing a Rabbit-esque creature that scares people at night?

I await your replies with morbid anticipation....
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PostPosted: 26-07-2004 11:59    Post subject: Re: Rabbit Monster Reply with quote

oweny29 wrote:

Is there any folklore or myth describing a Rabbit-esque creature that scares people at night?
The Easter Bunny?Wink

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PostPosted: 26-07-2004 12:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concious dreams and the associated paralysis/breathing problems are terrifying. I had one once involving a very large fly with no eyes and a knobbly black body. It was trying to land on my face and I couldn't move, though luckily I knew it was just a dream phenomena and stopped it. The rabbit sounds like a variation on the night hag, a leathery being that jumps on peoples chests at night and hampers their breathing, what with the chest thumping/squashing.
Why does our brain inflict these horrors on us in this way, and why are there so many similarities in the look of the things we see, always dark, wrinkled and mishappen?
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PostPosted: 16-08-2004 17:17    Post subject: RABBIT MONSTER Reply with quote

In reply to the rabbit monster experience, I had a similar thing happen when I was around 3 years old.Thankfully this only appeared outside my bedroom window rather than from under the bed. I would be awake and avoiding looking at the curtains, which I insisted were fully shut on going to bed. My sister was older than me and followed upstairs a bit later on and would purposely open them just enough for my 'visitor' to see in. The visitor in question had a human face but with long raddit or hare ears and would make faces at me as if trying to wind me up, but in a playful way. It did scare me a bit, but not as much as it would now that I'm in my thirties. I kind of accepted it .I can't remember how long this went on for, but I don't think it was all that long.In later life my mum told me that it was'nt just me that saw it, in fact it seemed to be working it's way through the street as many other kids were complaining about it one after another.My mum did'nt tell me at the time, so as not to freak me out and blame it on vivid imagination,dreams etc. Around the same time I started to experience out of body stuff and have ever since- I did'nt bother telling any of my family at the time, I felt quite special having these strange experiences and kept them to myself.
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PostPosted: 16-08-2004 20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

with the evil presence and the thumping on the chest it sounds like a classic sleep paralysis experience, possibly aided by a kid's active imagination, though i've never heard of a rabbit being the object of fear!

erm, if you haven't already seen it, i would recommend not seeing the movie watership down. Wink
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PostPosted: 18-08-2004 11:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

The title of this thread reminded me of an experience I had about two years ago. Mine wasn't a sleep-threshold encounter, though. But the "rabbit monster" theme might interest some of you.

I was driving home at about two in the morning. I should mention that I live in rural Australia, on a property that can only be accessed by an unsealed road that passes through forest. Needless to say, the nearest street light would be at least ten miles away, so it was quite dark.

I slowed down when I saw what I thought was a kangaroo sitting in the middle of the road. Now a roo isn't at all unusual where I live: we see them all the time. In fact they're a menace on the road. My 17 year old son is taking driving lessons and he's already managed to hit two of them ! So my only thought in slowing down was "get out of the way, critter."

Then it turned and looked at me. It started to lollop off, slowly. So slowly that I had a good look at it - like a lot of animals caught in headlights at night, it moved down the road ahead of me rather than off to one side.

That's when I realised it wasn't a roo. The gait was wrong. It wasn't moving like a roo. The head was the wrong shape. The body wasn't proportioned right.

The final straw was the tail. Kangaroos have long thick tails. This thing had a little white fluffy stub. In fact - a rabbit's tail. That's when it hit me. The gait, the head, the body shape...

I would swear to this day that the d**n thing was a rabbit - a rabbit the size of a small calf. And I didn't care for the glare in its eyes as it disappeared into the bushes, either.

So what was it ? A giant rabbit ? A mutant kangaroo ? Something else altogether ? I haven't seen it since, but there's plenty of forest around here to hide in.
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PostPosted: 18-08-2004 16:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't have been a bunyip, could it?

http://www.eaudrey.com/myth/bunyip.htm
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PostPosted: 19-08-2004 10:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the bunyip link - though I'd always believed (being a bit of a cynic and a parent) that the Aborigines invented bunyips to keep the kids from falling into ponds and drowning.

You can imagine it- "stay away from the water or the horrid Bunyip will eat you up!" It's more impressive than a vague threat of "danger".

Basically a pre-technological society's equivalent of a pool fence.
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PostPosted: 19-08-2004 10:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting theory. Personally, I like the way cryptids just pop up all around the world, wherever there are people - even in places with as much wild and amazing 'real' fauna as australasia!

Oh, and your animal sounds a bit like th esouth american capybara to me... but I'm sure they don't grow that big. Of course, scientists have recently discovered fossilised remains of cow-sized rodents, so who knows?
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PostPosted: 19-08-2004 10:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting thought. I've just looked up the capybara on Wikipaedia. The size could fit (they come as large as 1.3 meters long) , though the head is too blocky for the creature I saw.

BUT... there was one comment on the capybara article I had to copy for you...regarding catching and eating capybara before Lent....


This popular custom is attributed to a curious theological decision by the Catholic Church. When European missionaries first met capybaras in South America during the 16th century, they wrote to Rome for guidance, saying "there is an animal here that is scaly but also hairy, and spends time in the water but occasionally comes on land; can we classify it as a fish?" The question was significant, as the Catholic faith then forbade eating meat (other than fish) during Lent, the period of abstinence lasting 40 days before Easter. Having a second-hand description of the animal, and not wanting the petitioners to turn away from Catholicism, the Church agreed and declared the capybara a fish — a decision that was never reversed.
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PostPosted: 19-08-2004 10:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy That's amazing, and very nearly Fortean as far as I'm concerned, thanks to its sheer weirdness!
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PostPosted: 21-08-2004 22:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

The St. Lawrence River is the boundary between Canada and the United States. In the St. Lawrence River are over a thousand islands varying in size. Local legend has it that one of the islands was called Rabbit Island because of a rabbit-like monster that inhabited it.

I haven't done much research on it, but it was well known in the Thousand Islands region of New York.
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PostPosted: 22-08-2004 21:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oo-er, that's my neck of the woods! I'll see if I can come up with anything.
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PostPosted: 28-08-2004 08:46    Post subject: Giant Hare Reply with quote

There are hares that are much bigger than rabbits and can also hop just using their hind legs, like kangaroos. Perhaps it was one of these?

I also found this article about another sighting which sounds freakishly similar:

http://www.cryptozoology.com/forum/topic_view_thread.php?tid=4&pid=85606
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PostPosted: 18-09-2005 17:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just came across this thread and was reminded that around 15 years ago there were stories of a giant rabbit in Kielder Forest (in rural Northumberland).

It's such an odd story for anyone to make up that even at the time I thought there must be something in it. And now I see a whole thread about monster bunnies!

Has anyone else seen anything like this?
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