Fancy getting yourself a real life Easter bunny? This is why you probably shouldn't.
While it might be tempting to go all out and expand your family with some festive fluff, this pert shop is reminding us why we shouldn't.
Recently pictured on a Reddit thread, the laminated sign explains why your dream of having Snuffles the Rabbit in your kid's Easter baskets isn't such a good idea.
"We will not have any bunnies available until after Easter," it reads. "Bunnies sold as Easter gifts to children are the most abandoned animal a month or two after they are brought home and we do not wish to support this."
According to the Huffington Post, a startling 80% of bunnies that are bought as Easter gifts are abandoned. While they may be small and fluffy, bunnies need a lot of dedication, especially as they can live for between 10 to 15 years.
Animal charities have urged parents to carefully consider the implications of buying a pet rabbit before purchasing one. After dogs and cats, rabbits are the third most abandoned animals in the US.
“Bunnies grow very quickly, and they’re not tiny and cute for very long,” Carolyn Gracie of Main Line Animal Rescue said. “Often after a very short time, people abandon them and they end up in shelters, or worse."
The National Geographic reminds us that caring for bunnies aren't exactly all rainbows and sunshine either.
“Vets and insurance companies consider them exotic pets, so medical care can be more expensive than for a cat or dog,” they explained.
“Rabbits need a lot of exercise and shouldn't simply be pent up in a cage. This means they need to learn to use a litterbox (yes, rabbits can be potty trained), which takes patience, just as it does for cats.”
Readers of the original post couldn't agree more:
So before you hop out and get yourself a rabbit this Easter make you do your rabbit research!