Hawkins Co. rabbitry cautions people about buying bunnies as Easter gifts

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Rabbits are an animal we often think about this time of year and some children may have even woken up Sunday morning to find one in their Easter basket.

But every year, different organizations warn against buying them as a gift.

Saturday afternoon we spent time at Thumper Valley Rabbitry in Hawkins County.

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Tanya Tinley showed us around, and there were plenty of rabbits to admire as they wiggled their noses and cuddled with the owners.

Tinley said every year they get at least a dozen requests for Easter rabbits, especially as gifts for children.

“Most people don’t realize that a rabbit is going to grow up its not going to stay this cute little ball of fur,” Tinley said.

In order to make sure families are prepared when they come to check out the rabbits, she takes children through her daily routine.

“I go through I pull off all the water bottles, I make them fill them up, I say come on come with me were going to fill up water bottles,” Tinley said.

Tinley said she also teaches them about everything from a rabbit’s diet, to its lifespan.

“They can have romaine lettuce, but they can’t have iceberg. They can live anywhere from 6 to 10 years, it just really depends on how you take care of them,” Tinley.

Tinley said all she asks is that people do their research before making a final decision on whether a rabbit would be a good fit for their home.

“If you can’t take the time to invest in your bunny, please don’t buy one, please,” Tinley said.

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