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Buggs, SLO Country Club's resident bunny, is reunited with owner

The San Luis Obispo Country Club's beloved bunny, Buggs, is missing. Buggs is shown here with 2-year-old Joe Rizzo of San Luis Obispo.
The San Luis Obispo Country Club's beloved bunny, Buggs, is missing. Buggs is shown here with 2-year-old Joe Rizzo of San Luis Obispo.

Buggs the bunny, who likes to hang out at the fifth hole at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, has been returned to his owner, safe and sound.

He went missing Wednesday when someone took Buggs from his spot under a tree along the fairway of hole five, said the rabbit’s owner, Jim Bonzi. His home backs up to the golf course, and every day he lets Buggs scamper onto the course because he always comes back.

The Tribune reported how Bonzi could not find his bunny, and that a neighbor had seen a male in a golf cart scoop up the animal and drive off.

People who read the article called Bonzi and gave him tips about who had Buggs. He learned it was a college-age man who had been golfing with some friends and “they decided it would be a good idea to take the bunny,” Bonzi said.

Bonzi got ahold of the man around 10 p.m. Saturday night. “He kept saying — nervously, as he called me ‘sir’ — that they thought it was a runaway,” Bonzi said.

Once the man saw the story, “he wanted to take it back,” Bonzi said. “He said he took it back to the fifth fairway.”

Bonzi searched late Saturday night along the course, but did not locate Buggs. He got a text message at midnight from a physician who said he just got off work and was headed home when he found the rabbit wandering near Brookline Lane. The physician had seen signs that Bonzi put up about the missing rabbit.

Bonzi jumped out of bed and went to the doctor’s house and was reunited with Buggs.

The bunny seems fine, said Bonzi, who added “I have no ill feelings toward young man. I was a young man once myself.”

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