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The real story behind the photo of a hare 'with a cigarette in its mouth' at Dublin Airport

What a saga.

YOU NEED A certain indescribable, unspeakable quality to become a viral sensation on the Irish internet.

Like Pint Baby, Pintman… pint anything, really.

But yesterday we got something slightly different when Louise Acheson aka @ach0 tweeted out a picture of a hare in Dublin Airport. But this wasn’t just any old hare – it looked like it had a cigarette in its mouth

Tweet by @Louise Acheson Source: Louise Acheson/Twitter

Casually puffing away.

She couldn’t really believe what she’d seen, as she wrote:

In things I never expect, a hare with a cigarette in its mouth just ran past me @DublinAirport!

But it quickly transpired that the exact same “smoking hare” had been spotted a couple of weeks ago and reported on by The Irish Sun

haretoday2 Source: The Irish Sun

Since Louise’s tweet yesterday, the smoking hare of Dublin Airport has become a bonafide Irish internet phenomenon – with the #cigharette hashtag trending around the country

Tweet by @Rebecca Stanford Source: Rebecca Stanford/Twitter

harelarious Source: @call_me_elliee

And the little rascal hit the front page of Reddit in the process - with this delightful title:

Breaking: Hare with fag in its mouth spotted waiting for bus at Dublin Airport.

Generally, people are baffled by the very idea that the hare could have picked up a ciggie and carried it around so much that he/she’d be spotted on two separate occasions

Tweet by @Taraustralis Source: Taraustralis/Twitter

Within hours though, some knowledgeable people had called out the cigarette theory and put forward their own hypothesis

haretoday3 Source: @ZwartblesIE Twitter

And sure enough, Dublin Airport confirmed this afternoon that the hare is known to authorities and the “cigarette” in question is an overgrown tooth

Tweet by @Dublin Airport Source: Dublin Airport/Twitter has reached out to the Zoology Department in Trinity College Dublin and they are researching this important matter as we speak.

But one thing is for sure – the Dublin Airport Smoking Hare is now a thing

Tweet by @callum Source: callum/Twitter

Tweet by @James Kelleher Source: James Kelleher/Twitter

Tweet by @Blathnaid Source: Blathnaid/Twitter

Tweet by @Laura Byrne Source: Laura Byrne/Twitter

More as we get it.

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David Elkin

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