UK police hunt for thieves who stole world’s biggest rabbit

LONDON (AFP) – British police are seeking thieves who bagged the world’s largest rabbit named Darius from his owner’s garden.

West Mercia Police said they were appealing for information after the brown-and-white bunny disappeared last Saturday night from his pen in Stoulton in central England.

Darius, a Continental Giant rabbit, was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest living rabbit in 2010, measuring a whopping 129 centimetres in length.

His owner, Annette Edwards, tweeted last Sunday that it was “a very sad day” and offered a GBP1,000 reward for his safe return.

“Darius is too old to breed now. So please bring him back,” she said.

Edwards announced in 2018 that Darius, then eight-years-old, was retiring and giving up public events and media appearances for a quieter life at home.

In a previous tragedy for the owner, Darius’s 90-centimetre son Simon died on a cross-Atlantic flight in 2010 as he was being transported to a new owner. He had been expected to eventually outgrow his father.

The Continental Giant rabbit was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest living rabbit in 2010. PHOTO: ANNETTE EDWARDS/TWITTER