I consider gossip to be one of the most vile things that human beings do to one another. I know I'm guilty of it myself from time to time, to my shame and regret.
The trick was to figure out a way to represent gossip without resorting to something too cartoonish or obvious. The "old hen" stereotype served me here, especially as evidenced in the original version below. But a bunch of chickens is just repetitive, so the bunny served to diversify the drawing as well adding a foil for the gossipmonger who was "all ears."