‘World’s biggest rabbit’ stolen as owner offers £1,000 reward

A rabbit believed to be the world's biggest at 4ft long has been stolen as its owner offered a £1,000 reward for its safe return.

West Mercia Police believe the Continental Giant rabbit was taken from its enclosure in the garden of the property in Stoulton, Worcestershire, overnight on Saturday.

The rabbit, named Darius, was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the biggest of its kind.

Owner Annette Edwards has offered a £1,000 reward for his return, saying it was a "very sad day".

She took to Twitter pleading for those to bring him back or for anyone with information to come forward.

Ms Edwards posted to the social media app for those who took Darius to "please bring him back" saying he is "too old to breed now".

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for information following the theft of an award-winning rabbit from its home in Stoulton, Worcestershire.

"It is believed the Continental Giant rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday April 10 to April 11."

The force have asked for those with information about the incident to contact Pc Daren Riley on via 101 quoting reference 00286-I-11042021.

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Scottish SPCA warned pet owners over people posing as inspectors using fake work vans to try and steal their furry friends, the Independent reported.

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Doglost, a charity that helps reunite owners with their lost dogs, saw reported pet thefts rise from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

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