A lot of people have been emailing me these two pictures of giant rabbits, wanting to know if they're real. (Even my wife emailed them to me.) So I figure I better post something about them.
I state in Hippo Eats Dwarf
that "The bigger the animal, the taller the tale you're likely being fed." So most of the time if you see pictures of animals that are grossly oversized (such as these big roosters
), the pictures are fake. But these rabbits are an exception to that rule, because they're real. They're giant rabbits, specially bred for size. They can reach weights of up to 20lbs. The rabbit on the left is called Herman
, and the one on the right is Robert
. Robert is the current record holder for world's largest rabbit.
It seems like there's been a flurry of stories about giant rabbits in the news recently. There was the story about a Devil Rabbit
that's been decimating vegetable patches in Felton. As well as the one about a marriage of two giant rabbits
that was condemned by the RSPCA. Rabbit stories must be proliferating now because of the approach of Easter.
November 6, 2003: British Giant Rabbits