Darius, The World's Longest Bunny, Has Gone Missing!


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Darius has held the title for the "longest living rabbit" since 2010 (Credit: West Mercia Police)

Darius, one of the world's most famous rabbits, has disappeared! The massive, 4 foot 3-inch long Continental Giant, who has held the Guinness World Record for the "longest living rabbit" since 2010, vanished from his backyard in the village of Stoulton, England, on April 10, 2021. The local police, who are frantically searching for Darius, believe he was stolen from his enclosure overnight on Saturday.

To help locate the thieves, his concerned owner, Annette Edwards, is offering a £2,000 (about $2,745) reward for anyone with information. In her appeal on Twitter, the 68-year-old pleaded for her pet's safe return, saying that the 12-year-old rabbit was too old to breed. “It’s just so upsetting because he is such a lovable character,” she told The Telegraph.

Though now retired, Darius was once an international celebrity who was insured for $1.6 million and traveled with a bodyguard. He comes from an impressive lineage of record-breaking Continental Giants. They include his grandfather Roberto, who measured 3 feet 6 inches, grandmother Amy who came in at 4 feet, and his mother Alice, who, at 3 feet 3 inches, held the Guinness World Record before Darius took over in 2010.

In 2019, Darius's daughter, Daisy May, was awarded the Guinness World Record for the "world's longest tail." Edwards believes that at the rate at which she is growing, Daisy May may someday even snag her dad's title. "She’s a really big girl, about 3 feet 8 inches in length, and weighs two-and-a-half stone (35pounds)," Edwards told The Sun in 2019. "She’s actually bigger than our dog, a Cavalier King Charles."

Once bred for meat, Continental Giant rabbits are now prized as intelligent and loving house pets, especially in the UK. As you may have guessed, the animals are not cheap to maintain. They need large enclosures and can gnaw their way through thousands of dollars of food. Edwards says each of her giant pets, which consume over 2,000 carrots and 700 apples a year, a hay bale a week, as well as special rabbit food, set her back £5,000 ($6,890) annually!

Resources: USAtoday.com, ABCnews.com, Twitter.com

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  • eviestar
    eviestarThursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:28 am
    aww bunny
    • jimmathias
      jimmathiasThursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:01 am
      Is that rabbit related to big chungus
      • fish_are_cute
        fish_are_cuteThursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:41 am
        Hopefully they find him.
        • fitemeh
          fitemehWednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:18 am
          That rabbit is HUGE. It will be sad when he dies.
          • tracey108
            tracey108Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:58 am
            He is so long,and I feel scared for him. <=(
            • guineapigglegrl
              guineapigglegrlTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:47 am
              I feel so sorry for Darius, that must be so scary for him. I hope they find him soon. Bunnies are almost the same as guinea pigs, and I love them both. That poor, sweet bun. :(
              • sidebiki-160187645747
                sidebiki-160187645747Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:12 am
                poor bunny
                • anniecrazie
                  anniecrazieTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:05 am
                  those are some big bunnies!
                  • unicornface
                    unicornfaceTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:44 am
                    how long is it
                    • unicornface
                      unicornfaceTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:44 am
                      that bunny is so long