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22 Jan 2015

Animals Rescued From Labs Become Magic Models In Alice-In-Wonderland by Rachele Totaro

Curiouser and Curiouser! 
Ex Guinea pig animals are rescued from labs and became characters of "Alice in Wonderland" in magical and critical pictures. It challenges the way we deal with animals in art, politics and science, reality, imagination and beyond.

"Rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs rescued from labs or cases of mistreatment by Italian charity La Collina dei Conigli ONLUS have become magical models for a photo-shoot inspired by the famous novel “Alice in Wonderland". 

This was the special idea of volunteer Attilia Conti to celebrate the first 10 years of the charity’s operation. Why Alice? Because both the novel and this charity “started with a White Rabbit.” 

I took these pictures at the rescue center in Monza, near Milan, during the first weekend of September with help from volunteers Attilia, Eleonora and Fulvio. I’m not a professional photographer, but photography is my greatest passion and I’m always available to volunteer for animal shelters with my camera! 

Mice were the most cooperative models, while guinea pigs were the laziest (they stayed still only with food present). Rats were the most attractive, and rabbits… were the most disapproving. Some of the pictures were used in the charity’s 2015 calendar, which helps raise funds for hundreds and hundreds of rescued animal.”

Rachele Totaro


"Giuseppe Rossi was rescued by the Italian charity together with dozens of other mice after their lab finished testing. If La Collina dei Conigli had not saved them, they would have been put to sleep."

Rachele Totaro

Rachele Totaro

Rachele Totaro

Rachele Totaro

"Pet rabbit Nilo was found abandoned, with rear legs paralyzed. Luckily, appropriate care and rehabilitation allowed him to stand and jump again."

Rachele Totaro

"Born in the 80s, vegan, animal lover, wannabe photographer and more optimist than I could ever admit. I love poppies too!"

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