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Pets of the Week: Penguin & Moo

Happy Rabbit Day! Photo by Bunny World Foundation.
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Tomorrow is International Rabbit Day and to celebrate, this week's LAist pets are rabbits. Rabbits make wonderful pets but they do require special care. If you are thinking about adopting a rabbit, do plenty research ahead of time or speak to an expert like Lejla Hadzimuratovic from Bunny World Foundation. BWF wishes to establish rabbits as companion animals that should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded to dogs and cats that live as human companions. BWF offers education and adoption for domestic baby rabbits and the humans who love them.

Take a look at these beautiful Rex Rabbits, Penguin and Moo. A Rex is considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds of rabbits and is often described as being like a cat. Rexes can easily be litter-trained and may be taught other commands, such as coming when called. Penguin and Moo were rescued from Santee Alley in Los Angeles' Fashion District when they were about a week old. They were syringe-fed by BWF volunteers and have grown into a beautiful pair of healthy, happy rabbits.

Santee Alley is the city's number one haven for illegal animal sales. Baby bunnies, turtles, birds, puppies and kittens are sold illegally on a daily basis. Many of these animals are sick or dying when they are sold. The city has a new ordinance against selling animals on the street like this but illegal animal sales are still thriving.

Aside from rescuing and caring for neglected and abandoned domestic baby rabbits BWF strives to eradicate the illegal sale of under aged baby bunnies in Santee Alley and other parts of Los Angeles. Since it started in August of 2008, BWF has rescued more than 1400 baby bunnies from Santee Alley.

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If you are interested in Penguin and Moo or would like to learn more about how to care for bunnies, visit the Bunny World Foundation website.