The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Meet Mr. Bigglesworth, a Bald Rabbit Destined for Death Because of an Ultra-Rare Genetic Disorder

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Meet Mr. Bigglesworth, a Bald Rabbit Destined for Death Because of an Ultra-Rare Genetic Disorder

A bald rabbit destined for death because of an ultra-rare genetic disorder leaving him completely hairless has become an unlikely social media star.

The two-month-old bunny, named Mr. Bigglesworth after Dr. Evil's bald cat in the Austin Powers films, has picked up hundreds of online followers after getting a adopted.

Cassandra Hall, a mother of two, from Wodonga, Victoria, was given the two-month-old rex rabbit last week by a breeder who planned to have him put down because nobody wanted him.

But the mobile phone-sized bunny, who was born with an elusive hairless gene, has no shortage of support online and has quickly racked up 7,800 Instagram followers - who even send him fan art.

Graphic designer Cassandra, 40, said, “I think people like how unique Mr. Bigglesworth is. Nobody has seen a rabbit without hair, and it shows how delicate they are. Some online commenters call him 'really ugly' and say things like “imagine waking up to that crawling on your face” and I'm upset by that.

I had to write 'no negativity' on his account. But there are other people coming to his defense and even drawing pictures of him.”

Cassandra adopted Mr. Bigglesworth after she spotted a photo of the rabbits a local breeder had available for sale.

When she spotted the bald bunny she noticed there was a sign next to him which stated “hairless rabbit, not for sale.”

After sending messages to Enquire about Mr. Bigglesworth, she found out that  he was scheduled to be put to sleep because no one wanted to adopt him.

She then found out another rabbit had been born with the same illness and had died. She was determined to save her new pet's life.

She said she had only heard of a handful of cases worldwide of the undiagnosed condition, which makes him vulnerable but does not impact his health.

The breeder asked if she wanted him. She said yes, that there was no way she could let him die.  He was so adorable, so she took him home. 

“He has very soft, velvety skin, eats a lot, he's really hypo and always flipping around the lounge.  He has to live indoors because he could get hurt playing on rocks of gravel. He has a hutch in our laundry. Our other bunny, Loafy, is not a fan, I think Mr. Bigglesworth has stolen all the attention.” She said. 

                                             Cassandra Hall's other rabbit Loafy.


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