I thought it only made sense to do a spotlilght on a bun-bun today.
So, this bun-bun is a Giant Flemish Rabbit!
IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!
Is the picture just blown up to make it seem this big, you ask. No. This is a for real life giant rabbit.
The Flemish Giant is native to a Flanders in Belgium, a county full of plains and valleys and rivers. This giant rabbit is perfectly suited for the 37° winters and 70° summers with a thick –super, super soft – pelt. Back in the day (the 1860’s, when people realized there was a huge rabbit in Belgium) these gentle giants only came in one color: grey, with sandy colored ears. Which makes sense, if you think about it, because Flanders also has some rocky alcoves and caves… which are grey, because they are made of rocks.
Anyway, these rabbits can reach 20 pounds – some even reach 30 pounds! – and average around 2½ feet long; they’re called Giants for a reason. Why so big, you ask? I see you’re very curious, on this Easter Sunday. Well, these rabbits were bred (again, back in the day) with other large rabbits for meat and fur. And, because we know so much about rabbits – in about a month you could have anywhere from 5 to 12 baby giants. These little giants will become actual giants within 9 months to a year, reaching about 14 pounds. So, it was a good investment to have a bunch of rabbits around in Flanders in the 1800’s, because they were a great source of food and fur.
These rabbits are a bit high maintenance, though. Having since been domesticated (yes, that means you can own them*) it’s been found that they can have a hard time grooming as they get older due to their large size. With that, it is possible that they can develop mats, which are detrimental in the long run. They have a powerful jump, too, so when they are picked up and want to be put down and try to jump away, the force behind that kick can sometimes be so hard, it breaks their spine.
I’m not trying to scare you away from owning this giant if you want one. They are so cute and have great personalities (I know 3 of these rabbits, and they’re all awesome), but rabbits in general are a lot of work. I mention this on Easter because I know sometimes people give little baby bunnies as presents. I would please advise you not to do so. They are small for about a week to two weeks, and then they get huge (all rabbits in general), they have long claws that they love to dig with and they need to gnaw on something always because their teeth are constantly growing. And, overall, they are not a snuggly animal…
They do make great pets, though – if you’ve got the time, the space and the patience… just… not for Easter.