At 4ft 3in from nose to tail, Darius, the Continental Giant has been crowned the world’s biggest rabbit. And he’s still growing.
And he still has not reached his full size, with owner Annette Edwards, 59, preparing herself for another six months of growth before he hits full size.
Thanks to his huge appetite, he has stolen the title from Alice, who also weighs 3st 7lb but at 3ft 3in is a foot shorter than her offspring.
Darius gorges himself on hay throughout the day which seems to have helped give him an unusual chilled temperament around other animals and humans.
Ms Edwards, from Worcester, has bred big bunnies before but Darius has been recognised as the largest rabbit ever recorded.
She said: “He is very gentle and I wonder if this has helped him grow bigger than the rest. But he also runs around, so the combination of food and exercise has worked out for him.”
“He really is a handsome beast and there’s always a glint in his eye when you go near him. The frightening thing is that Darius is still growing so he could be absolutely massive by the time he reaches full size.”
She added: “I only measured him this weekend and that was when I realised he was much bigger than Alice, who is the current record holder.
She also said: “People ask me what my secret is, but there really isn’t one other than treating them very well.”
Miss Edwards, 59, has bred four of the world’s biggest rabbits, all Continental Giants, at her home in Worcester. The first was 3st 7lb, 3ft 6in Roberto, who took the Guiness World Records crown in 2004 after dwarfing a German contender called Herman.
His 3st mate Amy, who had to swap her hutch for a dog kennel because she measured 4ft, overtook Roberto in 2008 but died of a heart attack last year after travelling to Italy for a TV show. Two-year-old Alice, one of Amy and Roberto’s 32 offspring, claimed the title in September.
A spokesman from Guinness World Records said: “This is the biggest bunny in the world. Darius is bigger than all the previous record holding rabbits. It’s unbelievable that a rabbit could grow to over four-foot long.”