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April 19, 2000

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Panda, the Pet of the Day
Name: Panda
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Lop Rabbit
Home: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
   Panda was rescued from a local pet store. They had him in a fish tank too small for him, so he couldn't lie flat as he's seen doing in the photo. He didn't have enough room to sit up either, so his nose was in the dirty pine shavings. He was suffering from potentially fatal pasturella disease, sneezing so hard he would almost knock himself over. So I bought him last June and took him straight to the vet. After two weeks of antibiotics, he was cured. Many people think rabbits are supposed to be outdoor hutch animals, but this is not so. Panda has been neutered and litterbox trained, so he is much like having a cross between a dog and a cat in the house. Now that Easter is upon us, I hope everyone takes into consideration that this is not an animal to be caged 24 hours a day, but one that requires the similar care and training of a dog and cat.

    Please visit the House Rabbit Society for more information on the care and training of bunnies. It is very scary that my local chapter of the House Rabbit Society has 137 rabbits who need homes, and Easter only brings dozens more.

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