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Alex the Great 

Helps Soothe Stressed-Out Locals
Published Nov. 20, 2022 • 11:46am

At 32 pounds and 3.5 feet long, Alex the Great may be one of the largest rabbits around the Bay Area. But he’s also probably one of the gentlest of giants. 

After going viral at a San Francisco Giants game mid-pandemic, the two-year-old Flemish Giant has become a bit of a minor celebrity on social media and a popular presence at local community events over the last two years. His calm demeanor and silky soft coat attract kids of all ages and his presence at local basketball and baseball games has been seen as a good omen. Some Giants fans have even suggested a nickname: “Rally Rabbit.”   

“He’s loved so much by people,” caretaker Kei Kato said.He makes people happy and they just enjoy his company.”

But Alex is far from a mere glamourpuss or Instagram influencer. Aside from chewing on carrot tops, only eating organic kale and maybe indulging in too many sunflower seeds, the big bunny is on a mission to serve his community. Every week, the therapy animal is out at hospitals and senior living facilities providing emotional support to those in need. Alex is even a member of SFO’s Wag Brigade, providing comfort to stressed-out travelers and staff.

Kato and her fiancé, Josh Row, are happy they adopted Alex from a rabbit meat farm. Now, instead of ending up on someone’s dinner plate, Alex is a source of joy for the community during a trying time.

“The reason why we really wanted to get him is that we need something positive,” said Kato, who lost her brewery restaurant during the pandemic. “People lost jobs. Everyone is angry. … And it gives a reason for people to smile.” 

In turn, Kato, Row and Alex have benefitted from the Bay Area’s love and support.  

“It’s the best way to get to know your community,” Kato said.  

Photos courtesy of Kei Kato.

Alex the Great - portrait

Special powers

Make people smile.

Arch enemies

Birds.

Weaknesses

Sunflower seeds.

Lineage

Being an advocate for rabbits.

Current mission

To give happiness to everyone.

“He's loved so much by people. ... He makes people happy and they just enjoy his company.”
Alex the Great - portrait