Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
He weighs in at 22 pounds and measures a little over
Wagner said, "We don't feed him an unusual diet. He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it."
LOOK AT THOSE FEET!
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According to the Post article:
"That's a huge animal. That's amazing," said breeder Michelle Jones. "In the States, it's hard to get them past 12 to
How did German Giant get so big?
"I don't feed him an unusual diet," said Wagner. "He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it."
Herr Hare is unusual in another way, he noted. "Unlike some other rabbits I've had, he’s really a gentle character — a gentle giant."
Said the Glasgow Daily Record of Bodmin:
That's the average weight of a 10-month-old baby. And Bodmin is still piling on the pounds.
Michael Alford, 60, joint owner of the Sussex nature park where he lives, said: "People just can't quite believe the size of Bodmin, especially when they try to pick him up for a cuddle.
"He has a massive appetite and polishes off a whole cabbage or cauliflower at one sitting.
"I can't remember how close anyone got, but I don't think anyone guessed too high."
Bodmin is such a handful Michael has started to keep him away from other rabbits in case he crushes them.
But it is not as if he lazes around all day - he goes for regular runs around his hutch. The other park owner, Anna Chaplin, said: "He does get a lot of exercise. He uses his run all the time except when it is raining.
"We have only had him for a year but he's put on so much weight. I have a job to pick him up.
"He has got a massive appetite and gets through loads of cabbages, greens, carrots and other vegetables."
David White, secretary of the Flemish Giant Club, said: "This is probably a continental rabbit. They do reach sizes over 20lb and are bred for fur and meat."
Most fully-grown pet rabbits would weigh between five and eight pounds, depending on the breed, said a British Rabbit Council spokeswoman.
Even the fattest, laziest domestic pet is not expected to weight in at more than 16lb, according to experts.
But Bodmin still has some way to go to become the world's biggest rabbit.
That title is held by a French doe, who weighed in with the Guinness Book of Records last year at 26lb 7oz.
Last updated: 22 April 2011
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