This ever growing happy family of big bunnies is on the look out for some loving new homes
WHEN a pair of rabbits were found dumped in the bins outside flats in Watford, on May 15, the RSPCA Branch for Middlesex and South Hertfordshire swung into action.
“They were in a really poor condition,” said Animal Welfare Officer Tracy Deamer.
“Urine stained, underweight, unkempt and dull fur. All typical signs of rabbits who had been kept in a cramped hutch with little or no exercise.”
The pair, named Dylan and Florence, are surprisingly large – almost double the usual bunny size – and now that they are healthy and well fed, weigh about 4kg each.
“I’d not seen rabbits like them before,” said Tracy. “They aren’t a giant breed – just big bunnies. I thought they were an exception, but how wrong I was!”
Just one week later, the RSPCA branch received a call from an anxious social worker, whose client’s rabbits had bred, and had seven babies, asking if the branch could possibly help.
“We agreed to take in the whole family, as they were all at risk of neglect,” said Tracy.
“But when the social worker arrived at our office with boxes of bunnies I was again taken aback – more big bunnies!”
This beautiful family look almost like hares, with huge ears and elegant faces. Mum and Dad, Lotus and Baobab, adore each other, and had been excellent parents to their kittens, Twix, Mars, Topic, Marathon, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Lotus and Baobab weigh about 4kg each, and so will their kittens once fully grown.
They are all gorgeous and super-friendly, but we know that due to their size they are going to be hard to find homes for.
There was yet another surprise in store, a week after coming into our care, Lotus gave birth again, to another 11 babies.
“On day 12, they opened their eyes, and I have to say I am a little bit in love with them,” said Tracy.
“I am really worried about how we will find homes for them all, and I hope fellow rabbit lovers will share their story so we can find loving homes for all 22 of our big bunnies.”
If you would like to find out more about these beautiful big bunnies, please call RSPCA Middlesex North West on 02089669688 or email info@rspcamiddlesex. org.uk.
n HOP TO IT: Lotus, Beobab and members of their growing family