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Giant bunny piling on the pounds.

Byline: By Steve Johnson

A GIANT rabbit weighing more than 17 pounds is pulling the crowds at Dudley Zoo.

Twelve-month-old Mr Plod, a giant English rabbit, tips the scales at 17 and three-quarter pounds - and staff at the leading Black Country tourist attraction say he's still growing!

Deputy Zoo Curator, Matt Lewis, said: "We saw press stories about a rabbit weighing 15 pounds and decided to pop Mr Plod on the scales to see what he weighs.

"He's not overweight, it's a large species breed, and we expect him to grow to about 20 pounds when he matures at 18 months.

"He has a healthy diet of greens and carrots, in fact he doesn't really like commercial rabbit food, and he has an active lifestyle - he's currently enjoying the breeding season."

Mr Plod, along with the zoo's two other giant rabbits. Noddy and Big Ears, can be seen at the Castle Hill site farm.

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TIPPING SCALES... Mr Plod with seven-year-old Harry Lewis.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 25, 2006
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