Most of the people reading this blog are smart enough to *not* do this, but they might want to pass the word onto the less informed:
Many people think it is so cute to give a child a baby bunny or chick or duckling on Easter, thinking it will be something like this:
When often, it ends up like this:
Well, last night. I saw this:
My neighbor knocked on my door shaking because the baby bunny her BF got her daughter had escaped from the huge wire dog crate he had put it in (ProTip: Rabbits are very flexible. If it can get his/her head through an opening, they can get the rest of their body through it) and was “terrorizing” them around the house.
Like baby bunnies that you can fit in the palm of your hand do.
The infant (she was like 18 months to two years old) was screaming and crying. The mother was freaking out and wouldn’t go near it because it reminded her too much of a “rat.” And the kit (baby bunnies are called “kittens” or “kits”) was of course terrified and traumatized.
I lent them a cat carrier that he could not get out of, gave him some water, lettuce and a couple pieces of carrot, and told her to tell her BF to take the bunny back from wherever he got it from. If he did not, call the shelter. When I told her how long rabbits lived, her eyes got wide. Yes, it’s an 8-10 year commitment.
DO NOT GIVE ANIMALS AS GIFTS TO UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE. If you must consider an animal as a gift, go with that person to pick one out that they actually want.