Rabbit Eludes Pentagon Security, Causes Commotion

  February 22, 2022

By Dan Hounsell

Many institutional and commercial facilities have beefed up security in recent years to combat a range of potential threats to occupants, assets and operations. But facility managers trying to protect their buildings need to remember that nature poses a host of threats, and it is relentless, as officials at the Pentagon learned recently. The threat? 

A bunny. 

A photo of the culprit taken in Pentagon’s central courtyard recently appeared in ARLnow.com, prompting a U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson to neither confirm nor deny the bunny’s existence, instead stating that Pentagon officials normally don’t intervene in such matters unless the animal creates a hazard to building occupants. 

And this isn’t even the first time this month time wild intruder breached the Pentagon’s vaunted security measures. Earlier, Pentagon officials nabbed a chicken that had managed to enter a security area at the facility. 

Think the Pentagon is the only building in the crosshairs of woodland creatures? Think again. 

In 2019, a moose strolled into a physical therapy clinic in Alaska, and in 2021, a moose – presumably a different one – crashed through window into a school in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

None of the intruders were available for comment. 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor, facility group.



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