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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559 Comments
  • spacegurl
    spacegurlWednesday, May 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm
    On no! I hope he is ok 😧🐇🐰
    • ana1234
      ana1234Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 6:11 am
      I have 25 bunnys and they are big but not the i was surprised about this 😐🤔🤔🤔how did you get him where how
      • coolkid_45
        coolkid_45Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 11:59 am
        I own a bunny and her name is channel
        • blogman769
          blogman769Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm
          how big ?
        • toff
          toffTuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:23 am
          Did they find him yet? Idk :(
          • ilovestories
            ilovestoriesTuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:02 am
            godzilla bunny 0-0
            • unicorngirl1114
              unicorngirl1114Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:21 am
              i really hope they find him!
              • sillyteeth
                sillyteethMonday, May 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm
                If that was my bunny I would literally skip school to go find it. It makes me sad even though its not my bunny.😫
                • animal_lover188
                  animal_lover188Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:04 am
                  still sad though
                  • scarr-rred
                    scarr-rredSunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:20 pm
                    I feel bad for that rabbit. Hope they find this adorable angel soon! 🥺
                    • sillyteeth
                      sillyteethMonday, May 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm
                      I know, right? It would be super sad if they didn't.😨
                    • thewaitingpurge
                      thewaitingpurgeSunday, May 16, 2021 at 12:10 pm
                      I hope the bunny is okay. maybe a eagle took it.