Ralph has regained the dubious title of World’s Fattest Rabbit, weighing in at 3 stone, 8 pounds. With one stone equalling 14 pounds, that’s 50 lbs. Ralph, a Continental Giant, lives in Uckfield, East Sussex, UK.His late mother, once was listed as the world’s biggest rabbit in the Guinness Book of Records.
Here are more details about Ralph as reported by the Daily Mail:
Pauline said: ‘Ralph has matured now and is the heaviest he has ever been. He is fine and healthy. The worst thing is that he is malting at the moment so everyone is covered in rabbit hairs.
‘His diet has not changed much over the years. I have been told by one or two vets that I should not give him all the food but it does not seem to give him any harm.
‘He is fit and healthy.’
Pauline spends an incredible £50 pounds of her weekly shopping budget just to feed Ralph’s enormous appetite.
He feasts on a diet of cabbage, broccoli, corn on the cob, sweetcorn, half a cucumber, a carrot with a top, half a bag of watercress, two sweet apples, two slices of brown bread and Weetabix with cream crackers every single day.
Pauline cares for him at the Sussex Horse Rescue in Uckfield, East Sussex and relies on donations from visitors to foot the bill.
She added: ‘We have got a big place here and he can go anywhere he wants. He has a fantastic life and is not just kept in a hut. His diet is incredible.
To read the complete article, with several photos and a video, please visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301884/Hopping-worlds-fattest-Easter-bunny-Hungry-rabbit-Ralph-weighs-3st-8lbs–thats-heavier-average-year-old-child.html#ixzz2PEEPPSzh
Although Hoppington Post must confess we don’t know much about Continental Giants, we can’t help but express our concern over the fact that Ralph’s owner is ignoring the advice of veterinarians who said he was being overfed. We also worry that he is getting too much sugar and processed food, and there was no mention in the article of him being fed hay. House rabbits, we believe, need to have hay as the primary component of their diet. If Pauline wants Ralph to live a long and healthy life, we feel she should forget about trying to have the world’s fattest rabbit and start feeding him a better diet.
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