It’s Easter weekend, which means it is time for bunny-related news. The New York Daily News today draws our attention to Sequin, a jewelry showroom-cum-bunny home, in Midtown. Dottie, Biggles, Badger, Lollie and Fanny hop around in the showroom along with four rescued kitties. The owners of Sequin are bunny enthusiasts — they have a Rhode Island sanctuary — while Cindy Stutts, who calls herself “Chief Bunny Officer,” works in sales and product development, and acts as the adoption counselor for Rabbit Rescue and Rehab. In that capacity, Stutts helps facilitate bunny adoptions via the New York City Animal Care & Control Shelters.
Stutts explains that Easter-time is often a time for impulse bunny-buys. The trend, however, can be bad for the bunnies themselves:
Tragically, many of the rabbits bought on impulse will never live to see their first birthday. Some will die of neglect and others will be abandoned in parks or shelters after they reach adolescence. That’s when bunnies that haven’t been spayed or neutered begin to chew, spray or dig.
“Getting the bunny spayed or neutered definitely helps to reduce these behaviors,” said Mary Cotter, president of Rabbit Rescue & Rehab. But she said many people are not aware of the need to do this, and release their rabbit in local parks, mistakenly believing that the bunny is unhappy in their home, and will “join a wild rabbit family.”
A good rule of thumb is not to buy animals on impulse. No Easter bunnies or drunk puppies.
Apparently, bunnies are not anomalies in the New York fashion scene. In March we reported on Miss Cooper, the mascot of a SoHo boutique who was stolen, but, thankfully returned.
None of the New York bunnies, though, could possibly match the girth of Darius — who has broken his own record as the world’s biggest rabbit, the Daily Mail reports. Darius is four feet four inches and weighs 49 pounds (3.5 stone). His owner calls him the “Beast-er Bunny.” (h/t)
And if your bunnies happen to be keeping kosher for Passover, the New York Times has some feeding suggestions.