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Mornington Peninsula has its very own Robert De Niro . . . I mean, Rabbit De Niro. Mikayla and partner Ash wanted to give their ginger lop-eared rabbit a really clever name, and after tossing up over the latter and B-rabbit (from the film 8mile), Rabbit De Niro was the winner as they’re both huge fans of the actor Robert De Niro. Who isn’t? 

He was adopted at age two and a half in August last year from Peninsula Vets in Mount Eliza. Three months later, the 23-year-old Mount Eliza hairdresser had a client mention her rabbits had unexpectedly become pregnant and her hands were suddenly very full. Mikayla offered to rescue Luna and take one of the lop-eared/angora-cross rabbits off her hands at just three months old. 

Weighing 2.5kg, Rabbit De Niro now had a little friend after being the only child for three months, yet he bonded well with his new friend despite him liking his peace and quiet. Happy to just sit and observe everyone, he’s a pretty content, quiet boy who isn’t fussed by other animals or children. When he feels the need to stretch his legs, he’ll hop off the couch, have a look around then get back on to the couch and lay down. It’s a hard life being a celebrity in the rabbit world, that’s for sure. 

By comparison, Luna is a very energetic soul. She’s playful and likes to sit as close as she can next to the couple’s Jack Russell, Joey, who is actually a little scared of her — how, we don’t know. Her name was coined by her grey colouring and her quirkiness. This little lady loves to hit the grass and practise her ball skills with any sport equipment that she may find. Luna’s other love is to groom Mikayla, which seems like a copycat move as her fur requires a brush every second day. Little Luna’s fur is quite high maintenance and requires a haircut every few months too. Lucky her mum is a hairdresser.

Instead of hopping around delivering eggs, these adorable bundles of fur dine on kale, silver beet, celery, carrots, apples, cos lettuce and bananas, but their favourite meal of all time is hay. Both adopted bunnies are most active at sunrise and sunset, with their pre-bedtime antics including hopping around the lounge room with Mikayla’s daughter eagerly following suit.

As cute as these little guys are, it’s important to know that they aren’t an Easter toy; they’re a long-term commitment.

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