"When Peter got home his mother forgave him, because she was so glad to see that he had found his shoes and coat. Cotton-tail and Peter folded up the pocket-handkerchief, and old Mrs. Rabbit strung up the onions and hung them from the kitchen ceiling, with the bunches of herbs and the rabbit-tobacco." -- from "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny" by Beatrix Potter, 1904. (Entire eBook, with all illustrations, @ http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Benjamin_Bunny )
Rabbit Proof Fence - I learned about this in a Vet Tech class. Rabbits were brought to Australia in the 1700s on ships. They are not indigenous. As an attempt to control their spread into pastoral areas and the incredible damage they cause to the local ecology, fences were built.
Beatrix Potter. Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationistbest known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.