LONDON – Have you seen Darius, the longest rabbit in the world?
The heavy hare is four feet long and weighs 50 pounds. It should be easy to spot. But he disappeared last weekend and now the police are involved, asking for information about his apparent kidnapping from his home in a small English village.
Darius’ owner, Annette Edwards, has offered a reward of £ 2,000, approximately $ 2,745, for returning safely with no questions asked. She described his disappearance from her home in Stoulton, England on Sunday in a post on Twitter, calling it a “very sad day”. She added that the rabbit was too old to breed now. “So please bring him back.”
Ms. Edwards, a former rabbit breeder model who held four world records for the size of her animals, previously sold Darius’ offspring for £ 250 each.
“It’s just so annoying because he’s such an adorable character,” she told The Telegraph, adding that Darius, who has largely retired from public appearances, was on a special diet for his age and would die without it would.
Ms. Edwards did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. But the area police jumped on the case and asked those with information about the theft to come forward. Police say they believe the rabbit was stolen from an enclosure in Ms. Edward’s garden on Saturday.
Darius was named the longest rabbit in the world by the Guinness World Records in 2010. In a 2019 interview with Canadian broadcaster CBC, Ms. Edwards described Darius, a type of domestic rabbit known as the Continental Giant, historically bred for its meat and fur, as “an old man” who “can be a bit grumpy can “. Still, she added: “It hasn’t lost its shine.”
Darius drew attention to himself online and traveled around the country with Mrs. Edwards, who often appeared with him as the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit, to attend events. Darius was insured for $ 1.6 million and was traveling with a bodyguard, according to NBC’s Today Show in a 2010 article.
But his reign as the world’s longest rabbit was already threatened by his own offspring, some of whom are also over three feet long.
“They’re very special, they’re different,” Ms. Edwards said of her pets in the CBC interview. “They are a beautiful creature, very gentle,” she added, describing them as “more like dogs than rabbits”.