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Published: Apr 12, 2011

Easter weekend is just around the corner, and it's likely that many people are searching for the best presents to give their loved ones for the holiday. While a pet rabbit may seem like a clever option, pet health experts and animal advocates warn that rabbits should not be purchased on a whim, as they require lots of care, love and commitment, according to the Washington-based newspaper The Herald.

Many rabbits will likely be disposed of or abandoned after the holiday, once families realize that the animals need plenty of care. The news source suggests that parents considering buying a bunny for their child ask themselves a few questions before making the purchase.

Keep in mind that the average life span of a rabbit is 7 to 10 years. If it's likely that your child will get bored with the bunny within a few months, then this pet should not be considered.

Remember that rabbits, like cats and dogs, must be spayed or neutered to keep them in good health and to avoid overpopulation. Additionally, one must be prepared to provide the rabbit with two to three hours of physical exercise every day.

According to, potential owners should be sure to seek out a qualified veterinarian before they purchase their pet.