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October 3, 2002

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Trapper, the Pet of the Day
Name: Trapper
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Rabbit
Home: Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
   This is Trapper. Six pounds of trouble. He chews everything. He's not yet housebroken (almost, though). He drinks iced water right out of my glass. He chases the hamsters around when they're in their exercise balls, and he harasses the guinea pigs whenever they're out for exercise. Oh, and lately he's been romancing the feather duster and shredding it. But isn't he cuuuuute? Whenever I walk around the house, he likes to run alongside and between my feet, and then he darts in front of me and stops. People tell me he's playing tag, but I think it's more like "kick the bunny, trip the human". If I stand still, he just runs circles around me.

    Trapper is extremely affectionate, very curious, and very playful. I often wake up in the middle of the night to find him perched on my pillows, grooming me or licking my nose, and I always wake up in the morning to find him on his pad at the foot of the bed, or on the floor right next to me (under a dangling arm).

    Trapper got his name because he was trapped by a licensed trapper at a park on Trapelo Road here in Waltham. Someone didn't want him anymore, so they just dumped him off at the park. I hate people like that. Luckily, someone who cares about animals noticed that he was new to the park and that he was domesticated, and rescued him (after spending a couple days chasing him around with a net). He kept Trapper at his home while he looked for a good home for him, and he finally found me through my vet after my last rabbit, Q-Tip, passed away.

    Trapper loves banana yogurt dips, and I have the bandages on my fingers to prove it (gotta be quick to get one out - he gets really excited). He knows where I keep them, and he knows to throw the bag at me if he wants one. Luckily, he doesn't know that he can bite right through the bag and get one without my help. I hope he never discovers that. I really do...

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