World's biggest rabbit could have title taken from him by four-stone son

Darius is a big boy.

The rabbit measures more than four feet long, weighs a whopping three and a half stone, and was officially the Guinness World Record holder in 2010.

But now, his son Dave, who weighs nearly four stone and is four feet long, might just top his spot.

The giant continental rabbit has completely exceeded expectations since he was born in January last year.

Dave munches his way through at least two carrots and half a broccoli – before eating a large bowl of kale, spinach, and cabbage every day.

He still has room for two big bowls of rabbit food, plus apples for snacking.

He is treated to a lavish lifestyle of three meals a day, costing nearly £500 every year.

Leah Woodcock, the bunny’s owner, gushed at how he has become a life-long companion for her only child Ayla, seven.

The family is now considering getting Dave a lead for walks.

Leah, 30, said: ‘Ayla calls him her brother, it’s so sweet.

‘She’s definitely infatuated with him. She’s out straight to see him in the morning. She’s spent so much time with him during lockdown.

‘They’ve definitely grown closer because of everything that’s gone on during the last months.’

Last year, Dave was as long as Ayla’s legs and within a matter of months, he started weighing just a bit less than her.

‘You couldn’t cradle him because he’s just too large and heavy,’ said Leah.

‘Little rabbits jump a lot when they get excited. But he can’t really jump and flick himself about because he’s so heavy.

‘He just runs over to you and in circles.’

Dave is a bit of a hungry boy too and often chews on the furniture and curtains.

It cost the family £1,000 for a new sofa and £180 for new curtains after Dave managed to ruin them.

Cheeky Dave was since given his own house in the garden – fitted with blinds and two main doors, costing £300.

His life of luxury doesn’t stop there as he enjoys his three meals plus hay and gets his daily five-a-day.

Dave’s 10kg food bag lasts about two weeks.

Leah added: ‘He has a big bowl of his rabbit food and then we’re constantly chopping vegetables throughout the day. He has some for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

‘He eats quite a lot and probably the same as my daughter. It’s like having two kids.

‘He probably eats more food than me! He’s got a very healthy diet, he doesn’t have a McDonald’s or anything like that.

‘He’s just like a dog, he greets you whenever you go into the garden.

‘Dave runs in a circle around you and makes noises, which just means he’s showing his love.’

Dave’s dad Darius shot to fame in 2010 for his whopping three-stone weight.

His breeder Annette Edwards spent a staggering £5,000 on feeding him and two other rabbits every year – including 2,000 carrots and 700 apples every 12 months.

The hefty dad munches through 12 carrots a day, according to Annette from Worcester.

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