Life in Russia: The real story

Rabbit Memorial

When walking through St. Petersburg’s Ioannovsky Bridge on your approach to the Peter and Paul Fortress, you can’t help but notice the statue of a rabbit standing on a wooden pole in the water. The sculpture depicts the numerous rabbits that once roamed the island in the 18th and 19th centuries. The island was even known as “Hare Island” at the time. Floods were common in St. Petersburg during the time. To survive, both rabbits and humans had to fight the floods. Unfortunately, not many rabbits remain on the island now, but there are plenty of statues to remind us of their presence.

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