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Bunny Monster

What\'s up doc: Humphrey

THUMPING in at a massive TWO STONE - could this be Scotland's biggest RABBIT?

House pet Humphrey, a rare breed of French Lop-Ear, is already tipping the scales at a whopping 28lbs despite being just 18 months old.

The young buck, who at just four months was FIVE times bigger than other breeds, thrives on a diet of asparagus, broccoli and carrots - and can even munch down an entire LOAF of bread.

Colin paid £190 for Humphrey and has watched in amazement as he has continued to grow.

And the giant 12.7kg pet's huge appetite means devoted owner Colin Dunigan is constantly having to stock up to keep his big pal happy.

Colin, 62, of Dullatur near Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, said: "He's a big boy. I weighed him at the local golf club and he came in at two stone. I couldn't believe it.

"I have been told by a vet he is bigger than other breeds like the Continental Giants who feature in the Teletubbies kids show.

"He's wonderful company and has a great personality with definite likes and dislikes.

"I find myself having to stock up on raw asparagus, broccoli and carrots.

"And he also loves wholemeal bread.

"He'd eat a whole loaf if you'd let him. He also loves McVitie's Digestive biscuits and won't touch any other brands.

"I've tried feeding him own name brands of digestives from supermarkets because they are cheaper but he won't touch them."

Animal lover Colin had a second pet rabbit - a female called Toffee - but after housemate Humphrey started throwing his weight around Colin was forced to give her away.

Colin added: "They just never got on.

"Toffee was a house rabbit that wanted to be wild and Humphrey just never took to her.

"She still comes round for breakfast and tea though."

Colin, who owns a private taxi business and lives with his girlfriend Yvonne, 45, also revealed Humphrey's love for TV - with Eastenders being his favourite show.

He said: "It doesn't matter where he is in the house.

"When he hears the theme tune for Eastenders he'll rush towards the television.

"He also loves the radio. If he sees me leaving the house without leaving the TV or radio on he'll stop me before I go.

"Humphrey has become something of a local tourist attraction and people have come to my front door asking if they can see the rabbit."

Colin and Yvonne were worried her beloved golden labrador Bess wouldn't hit it off with Humphrey.

Colin added: "Bess and Humphrey get on great. There were some concerns they might not hit it off but I can honestly say they are the best of friends."

Humphrey may be the biggest bunny in Scotland but he still has a long way to go before he can compete with the biggest in the world.

Until last year Continental Rabbit Roberto from Worcester was credited as being the largest bunny in the world weighing an astonishing 35lb.

But his three-year-old 'wife' Amy now makes him look small as she tips the scales at 40lbs or nearly four stone.

Another breeder from Germany tried to have his gigantic bunny Herman entered into the Guinness Book of Records in 2006.

Weighing 7.7kg the German Giant's owner Hans Wagner was told the famous book was no longer accepting entries because of fears that people were over-feeding their pets.

The French Lop rabbit can live to five years or more and weigh at least 4.5kgs.


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