Napoleon Bonaparte was once forced to retreat by a massive herd...of rabbits. After signing the treaties of Tilsit in 1807, a rabbit hunt was arranged. More than 3000 rabbits were collected and caged. When the rabbits were released from their cages, they swarmed the emperor and his hunting party. Napoleon was initially amused, but this changed when he was nearly overwhelmed by thousands of biting and clawing bunnies. Beating a hasty retreat, the emperor was forced to flee the field of battle in his carriage. The rabbits, it seems, were not wild, but tame ones purchased from local farms. They were kept in cages for several days, without any food. When released, the starving bunnies ran to the nearest human, looking to be fed. You just KNOW someone got shot for that one.