CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A friendly, furry family has made its home in Davis Park on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.
Employees who work in the buildings around the park first noticed the family of small rabbits living in the bushes several years ago. Many of the workers take advantage of the park's shady benches to eat lunch and often share bites with the bunnies.
Brenda Howell, a state Department of Health and Human Resources worker, said she has seen as many as four rabbits at a time.
"They're there all the time," Howell said. "They've kind of grown up here; I think they were born in the park."
The rabbits have gotten used to the activity and the attention. They often let visitors get within inches, as long as they have offerings of food.
The rabbits' boldness and friendliness have endeared them to many park goers. Some even treat them like pets.
Nigel Fault, who has worked security in the park for more than a year, said the rabbits have been there longer than he has and make appearances almost daily to eat carrots, popcorn and bread.
Another DHHR worker, Jana Lemon said she eats lunch at Davis quite often and has come to expect seeing the rabbits.
After seeing a hawk preying on birds in a nearby alley, Lemon became concerned for her furry pals.
"I was afraid it may have gotten a bunny, too," she said. "I sure hope not; they hang out here, too."
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