Police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet goes missing

LONDON – Missing: Darius, with long floppy ears and a record of 4 feet. Last seen in the rabbit hutch in Stoulton, England.

Police said they were hunting one of the largest rabbits in the world, if not the largest that went missed over the weekend.

“We are requesting information after an award-winning rabbit was stolen from his home in Stoulton, Worcestershire,” West Mercia police said statement On Monday. “The rabbit is quite unique in the fact that it is 4 feet tall.”

Dariuswhich became 2010 Guinness world record holder for its enormous length, it was stolen from a garden enclosure in Central England on Saturday evening.

Darius’ owner, Annette Edwards, written on Twitter These police were working hard to find their award-winning pet and they had offered a £ 1,000 ($ 1,400) reward for returning it safely.

“A very sad day,” she said. “Darius is too old to breed now. So please bring him back.”

Edwards in an interview with the TODAY show In 2010, she said her massive pet – a Continental Giant rabbit – was friendly, had big appetites, and enjoyed lounging on furniture.

The couple toured the country along with the owner Edwards, the one Jessica Rabbit Style Outfit to show gigantic Darius.

At the time, she said the celebrity bunny was insured for $ 1.6 million, had an agent, and had traveled with a bodyguard.

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Darius’ disappearance comes amid a surge in pet thefts in England amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The welfare DogLost Reports of thefts reportedly increased 170 percent last year, from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

Pet detective Jacob Lloyd, head of the investigation Animal welfare servicesThe organized animal cruelty company told NBC News that “pandemic prices” for all animals in the UK have increased – with the average price for a dog going from about £ 700 ($ 1,000) to £ 3,500 ($ 5,000) last year ) has risen.

“It’s completely disproportionate to what we would normally see,” said Lloyd. “Opportunists and organized criminals have taken advantage of the rise in prices, and thefts of dogs and other animals have increased.”

With people locked in England for much of the year, Lloyd said the need for “camaraderie” while spending more time at home had led to an increase in demand.

There could also be a potential “ulterior motive” at stake in Darius’ high-profile case, added pet detective Lloyd, likely the work of organized criminals who knew its worth.

British Police Minister Kit Malthouse described animal theft as a “heinous crime” statement earlier this year.

“Let me be clear – pet theft is a criminal offense with a maximum penalty of seven years and must be addressed wherever it occurs,” he added.

Singer Lady Gaga’s two dogs, Koji and Gustav, made headlines around the world when they were briefly stolen and returned in February amid their public petitions and a $ 500,000 reward.

Her French Bulldogs were arrested in a violent robbery in Hollywood in which the singer’s 30-year-old dog walker was shot dead and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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