Find us @

Animals

Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star

Cassandra Hall from Victoria, Australia, saw a local breeder advertising baby rabbits on Facebook, and one thing immediately caught her attention. Under one of the p

Published

on

2144
rTdYIc3cKJhcbnzg
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 16

Even though she already owned a rabbit, she decided to send a message to the breeder anyway. Cassandra asked to see more photos of the hairless rabbit as she had never seen one before.

Image credits: mrbigglesworthrabbit

Source: Bored Panda

Advertisement
ncy2l7nN6VyY2XOE
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 17

Images were sent to her by the breeder. You can have it for free, he added.

Because hairless rabbits are not desirable pets, he was forced to give up the one he had been keeping as a pet.

qOl1FVZY1YKDzbzy
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 18

Cassandra went to the breeder the next day and when she got back, she had the little critter with her. Because he made his new family think of the hairless cat from the Austin Powers movies, they decided to name him Mr. Bigglesworth, and he ended up fitting in perfectly.

FbtaE5iM3OrmTqJR
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 19

At first, the Bigglesworth family was concerned about their new pet because they weren’t sure how Mr. Bigglesworth was doing in terms of his overall health. Cassandra said she tried to research the Internet about his condition but couldn’t find anything, so she put photos of him on her other rabbit’s Instagram account, renamed the account so it would belong to the both of them and asked if anyone knew anything.

Cassandra held out hope that someone in the online rabbit community would be aware of his condition and could offer advice on how to care for him. To her surprise, within one week, the media began to publish her story and other rabbit owners from all around the world reached out to her, sharing their own experiences of having rabbits with the same condition.

33auaaY4CQrvthVj
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 20

It has been discovered that whenever two rabbits that are both carriers of the ff gene, also known as the “hairless gene,” are bred together, the resultant offspring will always be hairless. This was the situation that Mr. Bigglesworth found himself in. The vast majority of these rabbits won’t make it past the age of four weeks.

trrKfD1KrGkNZWpO
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 21

The accounts that Cassandra has read about other hairless rabbits have varied quite a bit: some of them grew fine fur all over their bodies, some of them grew patchy fur, and others didn’t live very long at all.

According to Cassandra’s statement to Bored Panda, “[At the Moment], Mr. Bigglesworth is very healthy considering his condition.” However, Mr. Bigglesworth possesses an extremely rapid metabolic rate. Because of his condition, he consumes more food than a typical rabbit would, but other than that, he is healthy and visits the veterinarian once every two months.

Advertisement
guPfIWDgeC5UHOFp
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 22

“He lives inside with us, we never let him outside because Australia has the calicivirus which kills rabbits and is transported by mosquito bites,” Mr. Bigglesworth’s human mom explained. He has a large collection of jumpers, and his companion rabbit, Miss Cinnamon Bun, helps keep him warm.

Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 23

Because the hairless bunny is always smiling and laughing, he manages to keep his family amused throughout the day. Cassandra described him as having a cheeky personality and being very naughty in her assessment of him. “He knows the word ‘no’ and if I see him doing something naughty, I yell out ‘no’ and he comes up to me and stomps his feet and honks a noise. This is something that he does to me on multiple occasions, and each time it makes me laugh. It’s almost as if he’s mad at me for correcting him because he’s yelling at me.

ddWyTnsfOBtna8yX
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 24

In addition to this, Mr. Bigglesworth is familiar with his name and immediately appears when it is called. “Rabbits are very intelligent animals and need to be looked after properly and need to be entertained by lots of rabbit toys or they can be destructive,” Cassandra explained.

sfpnYr8kcJuTZYl0
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 25

It’s a fact that rabbits aren’t the best pets for everyone. “Although they don’t need to be walked like dogs, rabbits are anything but low-maintenance,” a spokesperson for House Rabbit Society, Mary E. Cotter, Ed.D., said. “Their quarters need daily cleaning, and fresh food and water must be offered daily, including a salad of well-washed, dark-green leafy vegetables. Certain health problems in rabbits have the potential to become chronic and may require on-going (and sometimes expensive) treatment from a veterinarian. To further complicate matters, veterinary practitioners with expertise in rabbit medicine are typically difficult to track down.

ED9Hy7iPVOSv5EAf
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 26
VK909K4FvT6m1IV6
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 27

Monitoring rabbits on a daily basis is required. Problems that are relatively minor in some species (for example, a day or two of anorexia) may be life-threatening in rabbits, and may require immediate veterinary attention if they are to be treated. Before bringing one of these creatures into their homes, people really ought to do their homework first.

5Y4EORRKaZDgLHat
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 28
1vbneBuQJF3eNXKR
Mr. Bigglesworth, The Hairless Bunny, Was Rescued From Euthanasia, Now Lives As An Instagram Star 29

In addition, Mr. Bigglesworth sells his own merchandise, and a portion of the proceeds are contributed to a variety of charitable organizations. Cassandra explained that their most recent donation was made for the animals in Australia that had been impacted by the recent bushfires because they were so close to their homes. “We made some short videos showing ourselves going around to different wildlife centers and donating money from who