Brigitte’s Pick: This one for the bunnyhuggers!

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Brigitte has sent the following images through to Hugh Paxton’s Blog. I find the animals almost as grotesque as their breeders and owners!

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Yes, believe it or not there really is a rabbit underneath all that fur, although it seems to be having a very bad or very good hare day.

Like a giant dust bunny, Ida the English Angora is the proud owner of possibly the worlds longest or at least softest hair for a rabbit – which can get as long as 10 or more inches.

Bred and coiffed by Betty Chu, professor emeritus at San Jose State University, the rabbits tour across the state for display in shows as part of the Northern California Angora Guild.

Rabbit: Betty Chu with Ida her Angora rabbit that boasts hair that grows in excess of 10 inches

Long famed and desired for their incredibly soft fur or wool, Chu uses scissors to shear her rabbits, never once harming her fluffy friends.

Incredibly, while the rabbits hair literally engulfs it, the bunny itself weighs only six or seven pounds at max.

Display: Betty prepares her Angora rabbits for display as part of the Northern California Angora Guild

More familiar? A rabbitsbucked teeth can be more easily made it out in this picture of the unusually furry creatures

Ball of fur: Betty with Ida the winner of the Best in Show at the 2011 Grand National Stock Show at CowPalace, San Francisco

Preparing the rabbits for display is an arduous and delicate task – and Betty uses a special brush and hairdryer that doubles up a vacuum cleaner to give added volume.

Her rabbits hair grows back at the rate of one inch a month and she uses the wool that she gets from her rabbits for scarves, hats and gloves.

Exceptionally soft: The fur of the Angora rabbit is known for its distinctive smoothness and lightness and can grow up to one inch a month

Harvest: The amount of wool that eventually comes off the rabbit reveals the more conventional shape of a rabbit underneath

Indeed, breeding the rabbits is Chu’s passion and she doesn’t make any money from it and is involved in it purely for the enjoyment she gets from them as pets.

Angora rabbits are ‘also very lovable, they can be litterbox trained like cats and they would followowners like dogs,’ she said according to The Huffington Post.

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One Response to “Brigitte’s Pick: This one for the bunnyhuggers!”

  1. ANNABEL PAXTON! Says:

    How silly!

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