The Virginia police department brought the rabbit onboard "after completing 18 weeks of narcotics detection and tracking training."

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 03, 2018
Courtesy Christiansburg Police Department

On April 1st, the Christiansburg Police Department in Christiansburg, Virginia welcomed Mary Jane, pictured above, to their team, toasted in four Facebook posts to mark the exciting occasion. "We'd like to introduce you to the newest officer at Christiansburg Police – and the nation's first dual-purpose bunny. Mary Jane, a 4-year-old Deilenaar Rabbit, joined us after completing 18 weeks of narcotics detection and tracking training," the first Facebook post began. "The Christiansburg Police Department was honored to receive a $45,000 grant – the first of its kind – to establish the dual-purpose rabbit program, which is expected to become a trend among law enforcement agencies."

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Sounds pretty legit, huh? Not quite. The series of posts were actually April Fools' Day pranks, and man, did this Christiansburg Police Department have us laughing hard.

In their last April Fools' Day post, the folks at the Christiansburg Police Department came clean about the adorable bunny, Mary Jane: "APRL FOOLES! While we sure did have a blast during this photo shoot with Magnolia, a 4-year-old Mini Lop Rabbit owned by Alli Miley, she is not actually a member of CPD. And working law enforcement bunnies aren't a thing either. But she sure is cute!"

How are they ever going to top this one next year?