Darius, ‘World’s Longest Rabbit,’ Goes Lacking

LONDON — Have you ever seen Darius, the world’s longest rabbit?

4 toes lengthy and weighing 50 kilos, the heavyweight bunny ought to be straightforward to identify. However he went lacking this previous weekend, and now the police are concerned, interesting for details about his obvious abduction from his residence in a small English village.

Darius’s proprietor, Annette Edwards, has supplied a reward of two,000 kilos, about $2,745, for his secure return, no questions requested. She detailed his disappearance on Sunday from her residence in Stoulton, England, in a post on Twitter, calling it a “very unhappy day.” She added that the rabbit was too outdated to breed now, “So please convey him again.”

A former mannequin turned rabbit breeder who has held 4 world-record titles for the scale of her animals, Ms. Edwards has beforehand offered Darius’s offspring for as a lot as £250 kilos every.

“It’s simply so upsetting as a result of he’s such a lovable character,” she told the British newspaper The Telegraph, including that Darius, who is essentially retired from public appearances, was on a particular weight-reduction plan for his age and would die with out it.

Ms. Edwards didn’t instantly reply on Monday to a request for remark. However the police accountable for the realm have, ahem, hopped on the case, appealing for those with information in regards to the theft to come back ahead. The police say that they consider the rabbit was stolen from an enclosure in Ms. Edwards’s backyard on Saturday.

Darius was topped the world’s longest rabbit by the Guinness World Records in 2010. In a 2019 interview with the Canadian broadcaster CBC, Ms. Edwards described Darius, a kind of home rabbit often known as a Continental Giant that was traditionally bred for its meat and fur, as “an outdated man” who “generally is a bit grumpy.” Nonetheless, she added, “he hasn’t misplaced his sparkle.”

Darius drew consideration on-line and traveled throughout the nation for occasions alongside Ms. Edwards, who usually appeared with him dressed because the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit. Darius was insured for $1.6 million and traveled with a bodyguard, in line with NBC’s Today show in a 2010 article.

However his reign because the world’s longest rabbit was already beneath menace from his personal offspring, a few of whom additionally measure over 4 toes lengthy.

“They’re very particular, they’re completely different,” Ms. Edwards said of her pets in the CBC interview. “They’re a stunning creature, very mild,” she added, describing them as “extra like canine than rabbits.”

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