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Pets of World War I - Rabbits

men with their pet rabbits at a Squadron near the lines RAF men showing off their pet rabbits, France, during World War I. Lying underneath the fuselage of an aeroplane, these three RAF men.

Girl with bunny. Life magazine.

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A young girl feeding rabbits on a British farm during the First World War - 1918

A young girl feeds rabbits on a British farm during the First World War. Reminds me of my grandmother. They raised rabbits for food before and during WWII.

US Marine Private Bruce Rutherford cleaning his Thompson submachine gun while playing with puppies Nanci Shoto Sake Zero Banzai and Okinawa on Okinawa Japan 1 June 1945.

US Marine Private Bruce Rutherford cleaning his Thompson submachine gun while playing with puppies Nanci Shoto Sake Zero Banzai and Okinawa on Okinawa Japan 1 June

A war disabled man who lost both of his arms as a soldier in World War I works on a workbench using both of his arm prostheses. Date and place unknown. Photo: Berliner Verlag/Archiv

A war disabled man who lost both of his arms as a soldier in World War I works on a workbench using both of his arm prostheses. Date and place unknown.

Often, animals had special protection built for them for the brutal air-raids that took place during World War II. Here, a large snake at the Regent Park Zoo (in London) is placed for safe-keeping in a box built for housing the snake when air-raids take place.

During WWII the London Zoo killed all the venomous animals in case the Zoo was bombed and the animals escaped.

That rabbit looks about the same size as mine. Or even bigger

Marie Hansen - Woman holding a large white rabbit at a rabbit show. New York 1943

British soldiers rescued these canaries during the Great War in France from a residential area that had suffered heavy German shelling.  Given the manner in which front line soldiers often adopt abandoned animals during a war, it’s not surprising that these canaries were well cared for. For most soldiers, the animals serve as a reminder of what is beyond the battlefield.

Canaries which have been rescued from amidst the ruins in shelled areas

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