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Feb 10, 2015 12:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

A Sad Goodbye To Henry The Rabbit At The Children's Museum Of The East End

Feb 10, 2015 12:04 PM

For the last six years, Henry the gray rabbit brought smiles to the faces of both children and adults who visited the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Nestled in his hutch in the lobby, Henry greeted patrons and served as an ambassador for the museum.On Wednesday, January 28, Henry died after battling digestive problems for several months. He was 10 years old.

This week, CMEE Director Steve Long remembered Henry as “a wonderful bunny” who became one of the most important parts of the museum after he was donated in 2009.

“He really became a fixture. It’s wonderful to have an animal at a museum for families that can’t have pets at home,” Mr. Long said. “Henry really became the CMEE mascot. He was represented in all of our promotional materials. He really was kind of the premier member of the CMEE family.”

Although he was usually situated in his hatch in the lobby, Mr. Long said Henry often got out and wandered throughout the museum. He would make his way to the arts studio, climb onto the tractor that’s on display, or stop by the hall with the big ship. Patrons who were unfamiliar with the furry hare often would ask employees if they knew there was a rabbit hopping around. Henry’s constant disappearing out of his hutch even earned him the nickname “Henry Houdini,” Mr. Long said.

Henry also loved spending time in CMEE’s garden. His favorite vegetable to munch on was broccoli, and his favorite herb was mint.

Mr. Long said CMEE has received many condolences from museum patrons and community members about Henry’s death, which shows how loved he was by many.

“The rabbit really encapsulated what was great about the museum,” he said. “He was a wonderful ambassador.”

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Southampton Animal Shelter has a few candidates who would love to be Henry's replacement.
By bird (824), Southampton on Feb 11, 15 9:51 AM
Ten years is a long time to live for a rabbit. They must have taken good care of him. Rabbits, make great pets. They are easy to litter box train, but they do chew. I see that Southampton Animal Shelter has bunnies up for adoption. Anyone thinking about getting a bunny should go to the House Rabbit Society's online website where you can find the best references for bunny care and great bunny photos and stories. Remember, that bunnies are for life, not just for Easter. They each have their own ...more
By Jennings1664 (2), Agoura Hills on Feb 12, 15 12:10 PM