The world’s largest rabbit is about to see his heavyweight title challenged — by his own giant son.
Darius the rabbit, who measures 4ft 4in in length and tips the scales at a whopping 49 lbs, is officially the world’s largest rabbit.
However, his title is now being contested by his son Jeff, who is already 3ft 8in long and still has six months left of growing to do. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Jeff the rabbit, pictured with his owner Annette Edwards, measures 3ft 8in long and is set to challenge for the title of the world’s biggest bunny.
2. Jeff, left, is pictured with his giant father Darius, who currently holds the record for being the world’s largest rabbit.
The rabbits’ owner, Annette Edwards, from Bromsgrove, U.K., looks forward to the day when Jeff overtakes his father.
It costs her about ┬ú5,000 ($7,500) a year to feed her enormous bunnies, as they munch their way through 2,000 carrots and 700 apples.
Every day, the father and son duo also eat a huge dog bowl full of specialist rabbit food, as well as a bale of hay a week.
3. Ava Johnson, seven, struggles to pick up the monstrous Jeff as he is almost as large as her.
Although the pair of them are huge, they’re the best animal friends I could ask for.
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.
4. Darius the rabbit measures 4ft 4in long while 3ft 8in Jeff still has six months of growing to do.
Continental Giants are the biggest breed of rabbit and can get as large as 4ft when fully grown. However, Darius, who is officially four foot four inches long, and Jeff have come from a bumper crop.
Jeff was born after Edwards got Darius together with Sally — another of her Continental Giant rabbits, who is 3ft 5 inches long.
The rabbit family all live in Edwards’ back garden, but they are so huge that each one needs a dog crate which would typically house a dog as large as a German Shepherd.
5. Continental Giants are the largest breed of rabbit and usually grow to around 4ft at their biggest.
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.
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.
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.
6. Darius holds the Guinness World Record for being the biggest rabbit.
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