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Here a Bunny! There a Bunny! Hunt Around to Catch a Bunny!

posted Apr 16, 2014, 1:22 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 5:20 PM ]

It's nearly Easter, so it must be time for the new VKC Rabbits! Every year since 2009, the VKC has had a special surprise for us and this year is no exception. There are three different coats on the new bunnies.

  • Broken Black
  • Self Black
  • Black and Tan

They’re in the VKC Parks plus a couple of other special locations (see below), but they’re hiding. If you want to catch one to take home, you’ll need to take one of your other VCK pets with you to sniff the bunnies out!

How to Hunt

1. Decide which pet you want to hunt with, take him to a Clinic, and update him. (You don’t have to Regenerate him, but you will need to give him this free update so that he’ll know how to hunt for bunnies.)

2. Rez your pet in the dog park and give him the “bunnyhunt” or command. Say,

Fido bunnyhunt or Fido findit

3. Your pet will go off to search for and flush out a bunny.

Clockwise from left: Broken Black Rabbit,
Self Black Rabbit, and Black and Tan Rabbit

4. If your pet finds a bunny, the bunny will run out from the cover, look for another hiding place, and run really fast to hide in the new place. You must click on the bunny while he is running. Be quick! You only have a short time before he will be hiding again.

You cannot click the bunny when he is hiding, even if you can see him. Why? It’s magic.

If you don’t catch the bunny, tell your dog again,

Fido bunnyhunt or Fido findit

With this command, your pet will search for and flush the bunny out from his cover again. Keep this up until you manage to catch the bunny. You may need to help your pet by calling him to different places so he will search in different bushes instead of running back and forth between the same two empty bushes.

5. When you have caught three bunnies of the same type (three Broken Black or three Self Black or three Black and Tan), you will receive that type of bunny to take home to her new forever home with you.  It will be offered to you just like any other SL object, so be sure to “keep” the object.  The bunny will be delivered to your Objects Folder and will be called either Rabbit Broken Black, Rabbit Self Black or Rabbit Black and Tan.

You can name your bunny just as you would any VKC pet.  If you have more than one bunny, you can command them all at once by saying, for example:

rabbits come

Hunt Locations

F.A.Q.

Q. How many bunnies are at each location?

A. There is only one bunny at each location.

Q. How many bunnies can I win?

A. Three. Catch the bunny at each of the nine locations and you will have three new bunnies to keep and enjoy, absolutely free.

Q. When does the hunt finish?

A. At midnight on Wednesday the 30th of April 2014.

Q. Do I need to go to all nine locations?

A. If you want to go home with all three different bunnies, then yes, you need to visit each location and catch the bunny hiding there.

Q. Why doesn’t my pet go to right place to sniff out the bunny?

A. Your pet will go to the nearest place that provides cover for the bunnies and try to flush one out. If he is very close to a cover bush, he will go to the next nearest one. If you need him to go to a different one, you will need to call him over in the direction you want him to search and try again.

Q. My pet keeps going to the same two bushes. Why doesn’t he look in the other ones?

A. Imagine that you’re hunting with your own RL dog. Yes, the one that barks at the postman, sleeps on the sofa and has little more hunting experience than “hunt the slipper.” In most cases, if you took this dog out with you to look for rabbits, you’d be saying “Fido find the bunny” and fido would be running around in circles, wagging his tail and panting. You, all the while, would be pointing at the bushes and saying “find the bunny, find the bunny!” Now imagine how often you would have to say, "Find the bunny!" to your cat before your cat would actually act upon your request. Your pet probably would be trying his very best to understand you, but in most cases, our own pets would have little experience of hunting for bunnies. The pets would need some help and guidance from you. 

So in SL, stand near a bush that your pet has not checked lately, call him to come to you, and then tell him again, perhaps he’ll hunt in a different place! Repeat as necessary until you and your pet actually catch the bunny

Q. When I tell my pet to bunnyhunt or findit, he replies with a dot but he just stands there. Why doesn’t he look for the bunnies?

A. He needs to be updated first. Take him to a VKC Clinic and in local chat say,

update fido

Q. Do I need to update all my pets?

A. No. Just choose the pet you want to help you hunt and update that pet. If you wish, you may hunt with a different pet at each location, but only one pet per location. In other words, if you choose your cat to help you hunt at, for example, Caledon, then you can only hunt with your cat at this location. You can choose a different pet for the next location if you wish.

Q. Does it have to be a dog? Can I hunt with a polar bear or a cat?

A. Yes, you can. Any of dogs, puppies, polar bears, and cats can all take part in this, provided that they have been updated before the hunt (see above).

Q. How long does the hunt run for?

A. Two weeks. Close of play is midnight on Wednesday, 2014-04-30.

Q. I don’t have a VKC Dog, can I still hunt?

A. If you have a friend with a VKC Pet, they can take you with them. If they “friend” their pet to you, you will be able to hunt for bunnies with your friend’s pet.

Q. My friend sent her pet to flush the bunny for me. When the bunny ran out and I clicked on him, nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

A. The person who clicks on the bunny must be the same person who sent the pet to flush out the bunny.

Q. I don’t have any friends and I don’t have a VKC Pet. How can I hunt?

A. The best solution is to adopt a VKC Pet. Then you will have a friend and a pet, and you will be able to hunt together for bunnies. 

Failing that, you can join the Virtual Kennel Club Group, then ask one of the VKC Proven Trainers to make you a "Patron." Then you can put a call out in the group and ask if someone will take you with them when they go out to catch a bunny.

Q. Hey! When I told my pet to heel he went behind me. Normally he goes by my side. Did you change something?

A. Yes. But it's only temporary. The hunt plugin for the pets makes them follow rather than walk beside you so that they will chase the rabbits instead of try to run alongside them. When you update/reclaim your pet after the end of the hunt (on May 1st), he will resume the normal position of walking beside you when he is on heel.

Q. I have a custom heel position in an init trick, will that be changed too?

A. Yes, but it's only temporary. If you have an init trick with a custom heel position, you will probably find that it changes when you rez your dog for the second time after updating him for the hunt. When you update/reclaim your dog after the end of the hunt (on May 1st), he will go back to using your setting.

Q. Hey! (again) What's this custom heel position? How do I do that?

A. Come to one of our training classes and find out! There are all sorts of cool things that your VKC Animals can do!

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said “Invalid Hunter.” What does that mean?

A. There are two occasions when the bunny uses this message:

  1. When someone sends a pet to flush the bunny out, only that person may click on the bunny to catch him. If I send a pet and you click the bunny, the message that you see is “Invalid Hunter.” You must send a pet to flush out the bunny yourself and then you can catch him.
  2. If you click on the bunny when he is hiding in the cover. You must send a pet to flush out the bunny. You can only catch the bunny when he is running from one of his hiding places to another.

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said "I'm checking details for another hunter.” What does that mean?

A. Pretty much exactly what it says. The bunny is in the process of registering that he was caught by another avatar. Wait for a few moments and then send your pet to flush him out.

Q. What do all those breed and color names mean? Are you giving me a broken rabbit?

A. The bunnies from the 2014 VKC Bunny Hunt are “proper” VKC Pets. That is to say, they have the same features as the other VKC Pets including artificial intelligence, personalities, tricks, marks, pathfinding, and a proper entry in the VKC Registry. One of the things they need for the Registry is their name and breed. We named the “breeds” after the way that Rabbit breeders name the colors of the rabbits.

A rabbit that is a solid color all over is called Self Colored, hence Self Black, Self Red, Self Chocolate, etc.  A rabbit with a color that is broken up with white patches or areas is called a Broken Color, hence Broken Black, Broken Blue, Broken Chocolate, etc. Our final rabbit for this event is the Black and Tan. These color/breed names have been set up with the intention of offering more color variations in the future.

Q. You said that there has been something special every year since 2009. What did you do for us before?

A. In 2009, the first VKC bunny appeared hopping
around in the VKC Parks. All you had to do was catch
him and he was yours. Enrico made this little critter as a
playmate for our dogs. He was a pretty little fellow who
could keep a VKC dog entertained for hours. All you had to
do was tell the bunny "start" and he would hop randomly
around. The fun began when you told your dog to
"follow bunny."

In 2010, the white-faced bunnies were released in the 
parks as the Easter surprise. We had to go around to 
each of the VKC Parks to catch them. They came in 
eight different colors: gray, pink, green, apple red,
yellow, chocolate, black, and white. On command, 
our dogs would follow these candy-colored bunnies
as they hopped tirelessly, providing us and our dogs 
with endless fun.

In 2011, the Easter surprise was an Easter Egg Hunt.
Around the parks were hidden 36 Easter eggs. Some
contained valuable prizes and some contained notecards
with clues to a puzzle. Once you solved the puzzle, you
were able to enter a drawing for the grand prize.
Double fun!

In 2012, the Dutch bunnies appeared on the scene for us 
to find and catch. There were three of them: black and
white, grey and white, and honey and white. These were
the first bunnies that were more like VKC Pets and less like
toys for our VKC Pets. They knew quite a few
commands
and you could pet them.

The big breakthrough was in 2013. This was the year
that the bunnies emerged as complete VKC Pets with
artificial intelligence, personalities, petting, tricks,
marks, pathfinding and toys. Following a long build up
of excitement, we learned that needed a VCK Pet to help
us hunt for and catch these bunnies and then we could
keep them for our very own.