Darius, the world’s largest bunny rabbit, could soon lose his prestigious title if his son Jeff has anything to do with it.
Darius and his son Jeff are owned by Annette Edwards of Worcestershire, England, and for years now, Darius has held the title of the world’s biggest rabbit at 4 feet long and around 42 pounds. His son Jeff, however, already measures 3 foot, 8 inches, and with six months left to grow, it’s entirely possible that the son will surpass his father in size.
“Although the pair of them are huge, they're the best animal friends I could ask for,” 63-year-old Annette Edwards, who claims to spend nearly $7,500 a year in food for the rabbits, told the Daily Mail. “They are both very laid back and chilled out - Jeff really takes after his Dad. Most rabbits like lots of attention and get on well with children and these two are no exception. They're even friendly to other animals! Jeff's best friend is my other pet, a boxer dog called Kay.”
Jeff was reportedly born after Edwards introduced Darius to another one of her massive rabbits named Sally. Sally reportedly measures 3 and a half feet long. The rabbits are all of the Continental Giant breed, and the name pretty much explains itself.
“Darius was always big but Jeff is huge considering he's still a baby. I'm expecting him to grow much bigger than his dad,” Edwards predicted. “As soon as I think he's made it, he'll be measured by his vet and then Guinness will certify that he is the biggest rabbit in the world. Even though they're so big, they are very low upkeep. They really do look after themselves most of the time. They run free in the garden during the day and at night go to sleep in their cosy crates.“
“They never make a mess and actually would be great house rabbits,” Edwards added. “Although when they start to moult at the end of the summer, they need a good daily brush. And being the world's biggest rabbit, and his son, they've got a giant appetite to match. But it's actually good for them to be eating hay all day long - to keep their teeth and digestive system healthy.”
Reports say the rabbits consume thousands of carrots per year to maintain their incredible size.