Story By: Michael Leidig, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This adorable baby dwarf rabbit in Germany has a highly unusual defect – it has been born without ears or a tail.
The baby bunny named Hasi has become an instant hit in Germany even appearing on several TV shows.
Hasi who lives with her owner Kerstin Seebald, in the local community of Soechtenau in the district of Rosenheim in Bavaria in Germany is reportedly doing well despite the genetic flaw.
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She was born on a nearby farm, who did not know what to do with her and offered her together with her mother and brother Rudi to Kerstin to care for.
She said: “I wanted to say no because I have a cat, and some rabbits are a lot of work.”
But she said she was talked into it by her two sons, aged 19 and 22, also agreed to take over most of the work for looking after the rabbit family.
They managed to create a home for them on a specially made balcony, where they are free to roam around without the risk of bumping into the family cat.
On Facebook it was suggested that the rabbit was a result of an affair between the rabbit mother and a guinea pig. Experts note however that genetically that is not possible and although Hasi certainly had a rabbit father – there was nevertheless a genetic malfunction that was to blame for the missing ears and tail.
They warned that rabbits born with such gene defects rarely live very long as they often have other health problems. They also often rejected by their parents, which fortunately in this case did not happen.
However Hasi according to vets is extremely healthy and doing well, apart from the fact that it’s clear she cannot hear too well. And owner Kerstin says she seems to be more intelligent than the average rabbit possibly to compensate for not having ears.
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