Meet Walter, the giant rabbit who is not just for Easter

Hereford Times: Continental Giant rabbit, Walter. By James Maggs. (5443907) Continental Giant rabbit, Walter. By James Maggs. (5443907)

SOME people say dogs are man's best friend, but one county woman believes that anything a dog can do, a rabbit can do better.

Karen Wren lives in Ross-on-Wye with her husband Jonathan and 12 rabbits, who all have the run of the garden and occasionally the house.

The 49-year-old takes one of the rabbits - which includes one Continental Giant and 11 French Lops - with her almost everywhere she goes, whether it be on walks down by the river or camping trips around the country.

"I have kept rabbits for 44 years, breeding them occasionally and sometimes putting some up for adoption when we have a large litter," she said.

"Because we have so many rabbits people may think we're a business, but we're not, we just love our pets.

"My love for them started when I was a young girl. They are so interactive and really have their own personalities.

"I take them out and about often with their harnesses. They go to the beach and on camping trips to Stonehenge and other places, they absolutely love it. But we can only take one at a time because they can be quite a handful."

Walter, a Continental Giant weighing 6.6 kilos, recently made his debut at Hereford Town Hall at a Got 2 Sing choir rehearsal.

Karen, who has been a choir member since January last year, said: "When we first went in to the hall we did receive some bemused looks. But after rehearsals people were coming over to us asking if they could cuddle Walter and he was picked up by between 10 and 20 people.

"Walter loves being the centre of attention and people like to see something a bit different."

Although rabbits aren't typically thought of as housepets, Karen insists they are as good to keep as cats and dogs.

She said: "I house-train them from a very young age and they are handled an hour after birth to get them used to human contact.

"They don't bite and aren't messy. We keep one in the house and the rest live in 10-foot long hutches within their own enclosure at the foot of the garden. They need a lot of exercise."

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7:35am Thu 17 Apr 14

emell says...

Easter Sunday roast?
Easter Sunday roast? emell
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9:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

'I take them out and about often with their harnesses. They go to the beach and on camping trips to Stonehenge and other places, they absolutely love it'

I'll bet they do.
I often take my wife out to the beach or to camping trips to stonehenge, but, just as this nice lady does, I keep the wife in her harness too lest she get out of control and makes bid for freedom.

I have to say though I don't think a rabbit would be a suitable replacement for the wife.
I doubt a rabbit would tolerate my behaviour in such good humour or be able to cook a nice rabbit stew.
'I take them out and about often with their harnesses. They go to the beach and on camping trips to Stonehenge and other places, they absolutely love it' I'll bet they do. I often take my wife out to the beach or to camping trips to stonehenge, but, just as this nice lady does, I keep the wife in her harness too lest she get out of control and makes bid for freedom. I have to say though I don't think a rabbit would be a suitable replacement for the wife. I doubt a rabbit would tolerate my behaviour in such good humour or be able to cook a nice rabbit stew. mizza21
  • Score: -6

1:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

littlewhitebull says...

I bet Walter enjoyed reading Watership Down - he always likes reading books with Hoppy Endings.
I bet Walter enjoyed reading Watership Down - he always likes reading books with Hoppy Endings. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 4

1:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

littlewhitebull says...

Fred and Doris always promised that when one of them died they would come back and let the other know what the afterlife was like.
One night Doris heard Fred whispering to her. He related the following: “It’s amazing, love. I have sex every morning, we go to the golf course, have something to eat, have a kip, go home, have sex again, have a meal, doze a bit, then go back to the golf course, have sex again, have a bite to eat, go home, have sex and then sleep.”
Doris said: “Good grief, you must be in heaven, Fred!”
Fred replied: “No actually, I’m a rabbit in Herefordshire!”
Fred and Doris always promised that when one of them died they would come back and let the other know what the afterlife was like. One night Doris heard Fred whispering to her. He related the following: “It’s amazing, love. I have sex every morning, we go to the golf course, have something to eat, have a kip, go home, have sex again, have a meal, doze a bit, then go back to the golf course, have sex again, have a bite to eat, go home, have sex and then sleep.” Doris said: “Good grief, you must be in heaven, Fred!” Fred replied: “No actually, I’m a rabbit in Herefordshire!” littlewhitebull
  • Score: 3

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