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Bunnies are one of the best pets to give a kid for Easter. Bunnies are usually associated with Easter because they symbolize new life and rebirth. They are gentle, fun animals that can live up to ten years. They do require
certain care, so be sure to do some research before getting one (or giving one as a gift). Make sure you and
your family are ready for the commitment.

Rabbits are social animals, so having more than one is always a good thing. But if you can’t, don’t worry; just make sure you give him/her lots of love and attention. When it comes to the care of a bunny, the first thing you want to consider is their home. Make sure that you have a cage that’s big enough for your new friend. Many of the cages that you’ll find at pet stores are too small for a full grown rabbit. Be sure to get a nice big cage with lots of room.

Rabbits can live both indoors and out. If you decide to keep your rabbit outside, make sure its home is predator proof and that it has an enclosed area to protect it from the harsh weather. You should also have chew treats in your rabbit’s cage because their teeth are constantly growing. A rabbit’s nutrition is very important.  Besides carrots, there are many other tasty and healthy treats you can give them, like mint, lettuce, and basil. They’re all great treats that you can grow in your own backyard.

Spring & Easter is also a great time for our fine feathered friends. If you want to try a new and fun pet, consider getting an Indian Runner Duck. When they’re swimming, they look just like the white Peking Ducks you see at your local pond, but Runners are very different. They stand upright like a penguin and instead of waddling, they run or walk. They also do not fly. The females are great egg layers, laying 150-200 eggs a year or more. They come in a few different colors including white, brown and white and grey and white. They don’t spend a lot of time in the water and prefer a grassy area where they can forage for worms, bugs and flies. Runners are flock animals and would love to have other runners as friends, but if you want your runner to be your best buddy, than I suggest getting only one. If you get the duck when it’s young, it will imprint itself on you and follow you wherever you go. It will require an enclosed house and a predator proof pen to run around in. They are very easy to care for and are extremely lovable.

Victoria’s Fun Facts and Tips:
~ Bunnies can be litter box trained.
~ A young rabbit is called a kit or kitten. A male rabbit is called a buck and a female is called a doe.
~ Rabbits and Runner Ducks rarely have to go to the vet, but it always good to know where an exotic
animal Vet/hospital is near you incase of an emergency.
~ Runner Ducks do not have teeth, so they must have water to soften food.
~ Only female Runner Ducks quack, the males are quieter.
~ Imprint means to establish a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object from the
time the animal is young, as attachment to parent, offspring, or site.

Happy spring!

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Written by Victoria Bonavita


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