IN BEELD. Café met konijnen opent de deuren

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, a customer (L) takes a photo as her friend offers food to a rabbit standing on its hind legs at the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Bij ons komen de kattencafés nog maar net van de grond, maar in Hongkong staan ze al een stapje verder. Daar is net het eerste café geopend waar je je kan laten vertederen door konijnen. 

Terwijl klanten van hun thee of koffie slurpen, kunnen ze zich vergapen aan twaalf pluizige viervoeters. In tegenstelling tot bij de bars met katten, gelden in ‘Rabbitland’ heel wat strenge regels. Zo mogen mensen de konijnen niet knuffelen of prutsen aan hun oren, kijken en aaien is wel toegestaan. Wie een coup de foudre heeft, mag het diertje adopteren en meenemen naar huis.

De pluisbollen zitten in afgelopen hekken, maar zijn er best gelukkig. “De konijnen zien er ontspannen uit en kunnen slapen en eten wanneer ze willen”, beweert mederwerkster Kelly Chan. “Volgens mij is het café een goed plekje voor ze.”

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, Natalie Chan (C), 11, strokes a rabbit as her mother smiles whilst visiting the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, customers visit the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, a rabbit eats in its cage at the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, a customer (C) strokes a rabbit at the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

In this picture taken on August 16, 2016, Natalie Chan, 11, strokes a rabbit at the "Rabbitland" cafe in the district of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Tucked away on the third floor of a high-rise in the busy commercial district of Causeway Bay, the cafe says it gives people who have no room to keep a pet in space-starved Hong Kong the chance to bond with the fluffy animals. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

 Foto’s AFP / A. Wallace