Meet the world’s biggest Easter bunny… and his brood
The world’s biggest bunny rabbit has got competition for his heavyweight title this Easter – thanks to his SON.
Giant rabbit, Darius, who measures over four feet long and weighs in at a whopping three and a half stone, is officially the world’s biggest rabbit.
But this Easter his title is being contended by his son Jeff, who has grown almost as big, measuring three foot eight inches long.
The pair of Continental Giant rabbits are so large that seven-year-old Ava Johnson struggles to pick them up in these adorable pictures.
The bumper bunnies’ owner, Annette Edwards, 63, from Bromsgrove, is looking forward to the day when Jeff – who still has six months growing time – dwarfs his old dad.
It costs Annette £5,000 a year to feed her giant bunnies, who munch their way through 2000 carrots and 700 apples.
Every day each of them also chows down on a huge dog bowl full of specialist rabbit food, and a bale of hay a week.
But Annette says it’s worth every penny to call the pair her pets as they’re perfect companions and even settle down on the sofa with her in cold weather.
Annette said: “Although the pair of them are huge, they’re the best animal friends I could ask for.
“They are both very laid back and chilled out – Jeff really takes after his Dad.
“Most rabbits like lots of attention and get on well with children and these two are no exception.
“They’re even friendly to other animals! Jeff’s best friend is my other pet, a boxer dog called Kay.”
Continental Giants are the largest breed of rabbit and can grow to around 4ft when fully grown but Darius – who is officially four foot four inches long – and Jeff come from a bumper crop.
Jeff was born after Annette introduced Darius to one of her other rabbits Sally – another Continental Giant who measures 3ft 5 inches.
The family all live in Annette’s back garden but they are so big an ordinary hutch is a no go and they each require a dog crate that would normally house a pet as large as German shepherd.
Annette added: “Darius was always big but Jeff is huge considering he’s still a baby.
“I’m expecting him to grow much bigger than his dad.
“As soon as I think he’s made it, he’ll be measured by his vet and then Guinness will certify that he is the biggest rabbit in the world.
“Even though they’re so big, they are very low upkeep.
“They really do look after themselves most of the time.
“They run free in the garden during the day and at night go to sleep in their cosy crates.
“They never make a mess and actually would be great house rabbits.
“Although when they start to moult at the end of the summer, they need a good daily brush!
“And being the world’s biggest rabbit, and his son, they’ve got a giant appetite to match!
“But it’s actually good for them to be eating hay all day long – to keep their teeth and digestive system healthy.”