You Can’t Just Go Giving People Rabbits

Say you want to surprise your best friend on their birthday; on their doorstep, you could place a precious little cake or overpriced serum they’ve been eyeing. It’s unbearably hot out! Take, for example, a rabbit, which one anonymous stranger recently dropped off at Kate Beckinsale’s door. In retrospect, I acknowledge this was an odd choice — but, ultimately, innocuous and fine. But there do exist unacceptable surprise presents. According to People, they left a basket of rose petals alongside the bunny. Bunny Ebola is spreading! Photo: Getty Images

If you are so inspired to leave a present at someone’s front door, your options are — for the most part — endless. Now, there’s a good chance the gift-giver was well-intentioned. “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE however much someone loves animals please never send an unsolicited pet to someone’s house,” she wrote on Instagram, “especially anonymously and especially on a boiling hot day where it could have been left outside to roast to death.” Thankfully, she continued, “we found a loving home for Marvel without cats.” But still, everyone involved, including the bunny, were pretty shaken. (Also, the rabbit was caged.) But Beckinsale, who posted about the rabbit to her Instagram Story, was rightfully alarmed by the whole thing. By Amanda Arnold@aMandolinz

Who left a rabbit on Kate Beckinsale’s doorstep? Also, uh, rabbits are not the easiest pet! Even my disgusting melted bag of peanut butter and Chex Mix and chocolate would’ve been better. My freshman year of high school, I once left a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag of homemade puppy chow (one of the Midwest’s finest treats) on the doorstep of a classically hot senior’s home, with no intention of ever revealing my identity to him. Or, if the recipient of your gift is a crush, you could go with a vase of flowers or even a romantic haiku.

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