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‘Psychopathic’ Manitoba AI Easter Bunny ‘maybe he just has a lot to deal with,’ says creator |

A Canadian history podcaster used AI to generate an Easter bunny for each province and territory – an idea that’s seemingly as sweet as a basket full of chocolate Easter treats.

The plaid bunny in British Columbia wearing hipster glasses in front of a picturesque mountain backdrop, the impeccably dressed bunny in Quebec drinking coffee on a trendy terrace and the Easter bunny in Nunavut – so dapper in a parka on the tundra under the northern lights – collected 38,000 shares and almost 2,000 comments on the Canadian History Ehx Facebook page.

An AI-generated Easter Bunny by province is intended to show how large and diverse Canada is.

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Even Nova Scotia’s moody fishing bunny navigating rough seas had charm, as did Newfoundland’s older, genteel, beer-loving bunny.

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“Can I buy prints?” asked one Facebook commenter. “You did a good job introducing each of our provinces…I love them all,” wrote another.

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But mid-scroll, Manitoba’s Easter Bunny stopped, looking possibly rabid in the driver’s seat of a rusted blue pickup truck – only slightly bluer than the rabbit’s ruffled fur.

“Oooooh Manitoba bunny looks angry,” one commenter wrote. “Manitoba deserves a better bunny,” wrote another. Hundreds more expressed shock, confusion and lots of LOLs.

Creator Craig Baird of Canadian History EhxHe grins when asked, “What’s going on with Manitoba’s Easter Bunny?”

“I always like to have one that gets people talking,” Baird tells Global News from his home in Stony Plain, Alta., 40 km west of Edmonton.

“I just saw him as someone who worked out on the farm all day. His eyesight may be a little bad, but he could just be very tired.

“Apparently some people interpreted it as the creepy, psychopathic bunny.”

The big question: What was the AI ​​told about Manitoba to make it such a disturbing rabbit?

“All I really said was that I wanted an anthropomorphic Easter Bunny in a pickup truck in a field, and this is the result,” Baird explains. “And I thought, you know what? I don’t mind.”

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Baird ran a similar campaign with a Santa Claus for each province which garnered more than 600,000 views on

While some may have had nightmares, most simply laughed. Baird, a former journalist, says it’s a tool to get people excited about historical people, places and things.

“I actually make a living now by educating people about Canadian history through my podcast…and sharing it on social media,” he says.

“All of this to educate people about Canadian history and stimulate their interest.

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