Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Holy exploding rabbits!!! ** UPDATE

This article is from our local paper.

To paraphrase for those that can't be bothered clicking on the link: the local shire council had a plan to eradicate rabbits along one of the local creeks by blowing them up.

They planned to use a machine that in simple terms, pumps gas into the burrows then ignites it. The rabbits are then theoretically killed by the shock wave.

The local CFA have gently suggested they should can the idea as flames and potential on-fire rabbits firing out of rabbit burrows is not a good idea during extreme heat and fire danger. It could have made a hell of a good NYE display though.

The best bit about the whole article is that the fire chief referenced Caddyshack, now that's a CFA I would be prepared to volunteer for*.

In other news it is 43.1 degrees (almost 110 F) here today, with the same or hotter expected tomorrow and Friday. I went to one of our other sites to enjoy their a/c only to get there and find it's broken. Bugger! Gonna be fun at footy training tonight.

* This is in no way me volunteering for anything.

Just for Lerm - no flying on-fire rabbit unfortunately

And the exploding whale

Now off to visit .


  1. Sounds awesome! Pls take a video

  2. There are the sort of killjoys who say that Gimpies and Barretts are not valid hunting weapons.

  3. There is an exploding whale vid from the 70's on youtube thats worth a look if you haven't seen it. a local council in the states decides that the best way to remove a dead whale carcass was with a lot of explosive.
    pure gold

  4. Geez, you all DO have Carl Spackler down there! That might work but I'm not sure rabbits live in an interconnected system of burrows.

    Rather a shame you folks don't use guns much. Perhaps trapping and a cash bounty for rabbits, say a dollar apiece. We used to have a bounty on coyotes around here, and the population was kept low.

  5. U ~ seen it, total highlight in my youtube viewing endeavours.

  6. Yep. Block all the entrances, pump in a mixture of propane and oxygen. KAAAABLAAAMY! No more rabbits.

    Makes a mess of the paddock though. You have to fill in the trenches it makes so livestock don't trip in them and break their legs.

    The CFA is right. It could possibly, maybe, start a fire but I have never seen any Flying Rabbit Fireballs.

    Don't believe what you see in the movies. All you see is a heap of dirt flying through the air. The movies usually enhance explosions by adding a fuel such as diesel to make it look good.

  7. I love how the company that was going to do this commented on the article, complete with a lack of punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc.

    "License to kill rabbits by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill rabbits at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote."

  8. Lerm - I have have to see what I can find on youtube.

    Chaz - I may allegedly know someone that owns a Barrett and having seen what it can do to a gum tree if you hit a rabbit all that's going to be left is two ears and a fluffy tail.

    U - I have seen that video somewhere (benefit of working in I.T.). Classic.

    YD - The burrows are intercounted to a degree. 1 burrow can easily have 6 entrances.
    We have had bounties in the past and probably still do in some parts of the county. Mostly for foxes though. Plenty of guns around in the country and Havock's house.

    Moko - yep must see

    BBA - Saw the gizmo in action on Mythbusters, made an impressive thump. I believe a flash of flame is possible with enough gas, but nothing like adding diesel or petrol.

    Steve - I just love everything about this article.

  9. I'd been wondering what Elmer Fudd was up to these days.

  10. I wonder if the Rodenator is made by Acme?

  11. So it's delayed until winter? Barrett the perfect rabbit gun,kills, skins, guts, and buries with one shot. My old 6.5mm Mauser would bruise the rabbit's upper torso with a head shot.

  12. Naut, there is nothing that is not entertaining about this article. This seriously does sound like it was invented by 5 mullet-wearing rednecks drinking their weight in Natural Light who just lit off $1000 worth of illegal fireworks, and are wondering what else they can blow up.

    "Hehe...I know....let's pour gasoline down that there rabbit hole, light it on fire, and see what happens.

    Y'all check this out.

    *lights fire*


    *close scene*

  13. Steve - is that hair or hare?? Huh? Huh? See what I did?