A Real Easter Bunny Comes With Real Consequences

A rabbit is arguably one of the cutest animals on the planet. Combined with a little Easter spirit, the innate adorableness of bunnies can sway an otherwise reasonable person to impulsively buy a real live rabbit for Easter. While bringing home an “Easter bunny” may seem like an idyllic way to celebrate the season, there are many ways this seemingly harmless idea can backfire.

Throughout the Spring months, rabbits are sold for relatively low prices at many pet stores, farm stores, flea markets, and online. When we see a bunny being sold for less than the cost of a pair of shoes, we may be tempted to tell ourselves that buying a pet rabbit is no big deal. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. For one, domestic rabbits typically live between 7 and 10 years. While a rabbit may seem like a straightforward “$25 purchase,” anyone buying a bunny should expect to spend thousands of dollars on rabbit supplies and veterinary care over the next decade, in addition to many hours spent cleaning up after the rabbit. In short, if you think a baby bunny would make a nice last-minute addition to your child’s Easter basket, consider the likely possibility that you may still be buying rabbit food and cleaning up after a rabbit on your child’s 21st birthday! 

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