Behemoth bunny Ralph's record bid
Published 16/02/2010 | 08:14
Ralph the giant rabbit is shaping up to follow in the footsteps of his mother with a bid to become the world's largest bunny.
His record-breaking mother Amy - a Continental Giant - weighed three stone and measured 4ft long when she died in May last year.
Now one-year-old Ralph's owner, Pauline Grant, hopes he will enter the record books as he is believed to be longer and heavier, weighing in at more than three stone.
Mrs Grant said he has daily meals of Weetabix, water biscuits, apples, carrots, cabbages, toast, sweetcorn and huge bowls of rabbit food.
Mrs Grant, 73, who runs the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in Uckfield, East Sussex, said: "Last June he was one and a half stone, but since then he has more than doubled in size.
"He's really heavy and his weight is all in his shoulders and back end. He likes his food and I take him a big tray full of all his favourite things every day.
"We have volunteers to help out with the horses here and they always bring their leftover cabbages and carrots for Ralph for eat, so he never goes hungry."
Ralph's father, Roberto, was also a super-size rabbit who had to sleep on a dog's bed because he could not fit into a normal size hutch.
Mrs Grant said: "I have no idea why Ralph's so big, maybe because he's made up of a lot of muscle. Why am I 5ft 4in and my son is 6ft 2in? It must be something to do with his genes.
"He's got a big appetite and the last thing I want to do is to keep him short of food."