|03:12 pm - Easter Bunnies|
Thinking of giving little Bobby or little Susie a real bunny for Easter? They're old enough and responsible enough to take care of a rodent, right? And how cute would that be on Easter morning for them to wake up and find that the Easter Bunny has decided to *live* at your house!
First off, rabbits aren't rodents. They're Lagomorphs.
Second, no child should be solely responsible for any pet, no matter how small or simple. It is the parents' responsiblity as PARENTS to be the primary care-takers of any animal that enters their house. It is also the parents' responsibility to teach their children about the proper and humane treatment of animals.
Third, are you prepared to take care of a living, breathing animal for it's possbile 10 year lifespan? Where will you even be in 10 years? Where will the kids be? Do your future plans include the cute fuzzy bunny you just got?
Rabbits are not toys, they're not something you can stuff in a cage for the rest of its life, they're not something that when you're tired of it you can "send it back to the wild."
Rabbits are living creatures with complex social structures. They require daily interaction & exercise, proper nutrition for a healthy life, and activity like chewing and digging to stimulate their minds. They are not a wild animal; they are as domesticated as a dog or cat and do not have the knowledge necessary to survive on their own. If you throw them into the wilderness they will be picked off by a preditor, run over by a car or die from starvation.
So, if you're thinking of buying an Easter Bunny for your child, remember that a living animal is a commitment for its lifetime, and maybe you're better off making that bunny chocolate.
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