Across China, fun-loving cosmopolitans are celebrating the upcoming Year of the Rabbit by buying rabbits as pets, which are rapidly multiplying and causing ample hijinks for overwhelmed apartment-dwellers. Might China have equaled America in the sheer cluelessness of its citizenry?
Zhang Yao, a 26-year-old Beijinger who recently became a bunny owner, bought a house cat last year to express her zodiac passion for the larger, fiercer tiger. In the year of the rat, which started in February 2008, she gave herself a hamster. Next year may be a challenge: It's the Year of the Dragon. "Do you know where I could get one?" she asks.