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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513 Comments
  • matt26
    matt26Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:21 pm
    Jesus this is so sad! This really hurts my heart because continental giants are very cute. I really hope they find Darius very soon!
    • x_foxphionex_x
      x_foxphionex_xMonday, May 10, 2021 at 10:07 am
      WE MUST FIND DARIUS
      • breathofthewild
        breathofthewildMonday, May 10, 2021 at 9:33 am
        That bunny is so long
        • sheeesharoni
          sheeesharoniMonday, May 10, 2021 at 7:50 am
          cute bunny my friend had a bunny like that but it escaped so sad
          • doggie123
            doggie123Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm
            So sad!!!! Hope that Darius is safe!!!!
            • mochifan210
              mochifan210Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:44 pm
              same :(
            • himorher
              himorherSunday, May 9, 2021 at 8:08 am
              Poor bunny🙁
              • wolfie_uwu
                wolfie_uwuSaturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:42 am
                Bunny. 🐰🐰
                • pro_introvert
                  pro_introvertFriday, May 7, 2021 at 11:46 am
                  cool story!
                  • jbonin0148
                    jbonin0148Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:51 pm
                    That rabbit does look related to my pet rabbit.
                    • ashdog3131
                      ashdog3131Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:56 pm
                      That’s so cool 🥰😘
                      • jbonin0148
                        jbonin0148Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:56 pm
                        Actually very very related
                      • chacewolfdragon
                        chacewolfdragonThursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:21 pm
                        i actuly used to have a bunny and she acsaped 1 day and i was horrified so i cant amagin what thies people are going through