Monday, April 5, 2010
Rabbit - world record set by Darius the Rabbit
LONDON, UK -- Darius, a Continental Giant
who is only 13 months old, owned by Annette Edwards, 59, weighs
a thumping three-and-a-half stone (22.225) and is 4ft 3in
long - setting the new world record for the Biggest
Photo: Easter bunny Darius is just 13
months old but is as big as Georgia Hadley, six, who struggles
to hold the 3½-stone giant. Photo by Caters (enlarge
Owner Annette Edwards, 59, of Worcester,
who's Georgia's aunt, said: "He's a handsome beast."
previous Guinness world record for the Biggest
Rabbit was set by Ralph
the Rabbit who tipped the scales at three stone (42lb).
A spokesman from Guinness World Records said:
"This is the biggest
bunny in the world. Darius is bigger than all the previous
record holding rabbits. It's unbelievable that a rabbit could
grow to over four-foot long."
Darius, the Biggest
Rabbit in the world - son of previous world record
holder Alice - eats 12 carrots, two bowls of rabbit mix, three
apples, a cabbage AND lots of hay every day.
Ms Edwards, from Worcester, has bred
big bunnies before but Darius has been recognised as the largest
rabbit ever recorded.
She said: 'He is very gentle and
I wonder if this has helped him grow bigger than the rest.
But he also runs around, so the combination of food and exercise
has worked out for him. 'He really is a handsome beast and
there's always a glint in his eye when you go near him.
She said: "I only measured him
this weekend and that was when I realised he was much bigger
than Alice, who is the current record holder.
"He is so gentle and I wonder if this has helped
him grow bigger than the rest. He does run around all the
time, so I guess the combination of food and exercise has
worked out for him.
"He really is a handsome beast though, there's
always a bit of a glint in his eye when you go near him."
Darius is the son of previous record holder
Alice and the grandson of earlier owner of the crown Amy.
Ralph, owned by Pauline Grant, who hit the headlines at the
start of the year is his stepbrother but is dwarfed by his
Ms Edwards said: "I think it's nice that
the record is being kept in the family. The frightening thing
is that Darius is still growing so he could be absolutely
massive by the time he reaches full size.
"People ask me what my secret is, but there really
isn't one other than just treating them well and really looking
Miss Edwards made headlines last year after
her obsession with her pets prompted her to turn herself into
a real-life Jessica Rabbit.
The great grandmother spent £10,000 on plastic
surgery, including breast and chin implants, a brow lift and
botox injections to impersonate the 1988 Who Killed Roger
Rabbit film character while she does TV shows with her pets.
Last month she offered a £70,000 salary for a
helper to carry Alice - who will now be replaced by Darius
- during photo shoots because her risqué outfit, teetering
heels and inflated chest mean she struggles to handle the
animals when in character.
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Monday, April 5, 2010