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Record-holding rabbit allegedly ‘stolen’ in harebrained U.K. heist

Annette Edwards is shown with her rabbit, Darius.

U.K. police are looking for an Easter bunny-sized, world record-holding rabbit after it was reported stolen from a backyard pen over the weekend.

The big-shot bunny is a continental giant rabbit named Darius, and he holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest rabbit in the world.

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He was taken from an enclosure in the U.K. village of Stoulton, according to West Mercia Police.

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“It is believed the continental giant rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday 10 April to 11 April,” a police spokesperson told The Guardian.

Authorities did not say why they believe it was a theft and not an escape, but they’ve seen neither hide nor hare ever since.

The rabbit’s owner, Annette Edwards, claims he was “stolen.”

“Please please I am so upset,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “Can you bring my Darius back?”

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Edwards, who breeds the large rabbits, says that Darius would be of no use to a record-seeking thief because he’s too old to breed.

“It’s just so upsetting because he is such a lovable character,” she told The Telegraph.

Although the rabbit can’t be bred, it’s still a “high-profile” prize that can be sold, according to Robert Kenny, a professional pet detective.

“The only way that this can be sold is if it goes out of the U.K.,” he told The Guardian. “If the animal remains in the U.K., I have no doubt whatsoever that it has to be recovered. The owner needs to contact ferry ports and make sure that this rabbit does not go outside of the U.K.”

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Edwards says that Darius is on a special diet for his advanced age, and he will likely die without it.

She initially offered a 1,000-pound reward for his return, but she jacked that up to 2,000 pounds on Tuesday.

One could simply describe Darius as a “big hopping rabbit,” but police released a more detailed description of him as part of their search.

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He is described as a grey-brown rabbit measuring 129 centimetres (4 feet, 3 inches) long at full stretch. It was that stretch that earned him the record.

Rabbits of his age are known to reach 7-9 kilograms (15-20 pounds).

Measurements aside, Darius shouldn’t be hard to recognize because he’s the biggest rabbit anyone will ever see.

With files from The Associated Press

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