Two delightful baby rabbits spent the day in the classroom before heading off to their new home. Baby rabbits need names, of course, and it is the solemn duty of teachers, just as it is the solemn duty of older brothers, to horrify children as often as possible. So, we named the rabbits after ways to cook rabbit, inspired by Elmer Fudd: Fricassee and Rotisserie (the one pictured here is Fricassee).
Elmer Fudd: Got you, you wabbit stew, you.
Bugs Bunny: Look, Doc. Are you looking for trouble? I'm not a stewing rabbit. I'm a fricasseeing rabbit.
I had to look up Fricassee, and it turns out, Bugs Bunny is even funnier than I thought. Fricassee is a way of stewing meat in gravy. A fricasseeing rabbit is a stewing rabbit.
After a student had been cuddling with Rotisserie for a while, she very innocently asked me what Rotisserie meant. I told her it meant "to skewer on a spit and roast slowly." The absolutely appalled look on her face was priceless.
We also found this recipe for Bunny Burgers, and left it casually displayed on the computer screen.
Of course, these rabbits are not going to be eaten. They're pets, and the students know that. But it's fun, for just a little while, to evoke their protective instincts and the most indignant expressions they can muster.
Fricassee and Rotisserie are sisters, and they like nothing more than to cuddle with each other in the corner of their cage (soon to be a deluxe hutch), usually with Fricassee serving as the mattress.