Think twice about Easter pets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) When you think about Easter, you think about the Easter Bunny, but bunnies and chicks don’t necessarily make great Easter gifts.

Our friends at John Ball Zoo say if you plan to get a rabbit as a pet, it can be great, but a spur-of-the-moment purchase for Easter is not always a good idea. If you want to get a rabbit as a pet, they recommend you do some research on what it takes to care for a bunny and see if it would be a good fit for your family.

Ducks and chicks are also popular around Easter time. Fuzzy yellow chicks are cute when they’re little, but they grow up to full size chickens and roosters. Baby chicks can also carry diseases that are harmful especially for young children. Our John Ball Zoo experts say you should plan ahead if you want to get a chick as a pet.

Our friend Ellie has a pet rabbit named Skippy. She says the biggest responsibility in owning a rabbit is giving it adequate time and care. Rabbits eat mostly pellets, but they need Timothy hay in order to digest the hair they consume. One thing many people don’t know is that rabbits are litter trained, so an owner must also keep up with cleaning the little box. Rabbits typically live five to seven years. 

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