U.K police hunt rabbit Missing: Darius, with long floppy ears and measuring a record-breaking 4 feet. Last seen in rabbit hutch in Stoulton, England.Police say one of the world’s biggest bunnies has been stolen from its home in central England.
Darius, a Continental Giant rabbit, disappeared from his enclosure in a backyard in the village of Stoulton over the weekend, the West Mercia UK Police force said. They did not elaborate on why they thought it was a theft instead of an escape.
The U.K police appealed for any information about or sightings of Darius, who is gray-brown and 129 centimetres (4 feet, 3 inches) long at full stretch. He holds the Guinness World Records citation for the world’s longest rabbit. Rabbits of his type are known to weigh about 15 to 20 pounds (7 to 9 kilograms).
Owner Annette Edwards, a large-rabbit breeder and model, urged the culprit or culprits to return Darius to his home 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of London, saying it was a “very sad day.”
She initially offered a 1,000 pound ($1,370) reward, but tweeted Tuesday: “Please Please I am so upset Can you bring my Darius back I am putting the reward up to 2,000 pounds ($2,748).”
“A very sad day,” she said. “Darius is too old to breed now. So please bring him back.”
Edwards in an interview with the show in 2010 said her massive pet — a Continental Giant rabbit — was friendly, had a huge appetite and enjoyed lazing around on furniture.
The pair used to tour the country together with owner Edwards donning a Jessica Rabbit style outfit to show off gigantic Darius.
At the time, she said the celebrity bunny was insured for $1.6 million, had an agent and travelled with a bodyguard.