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Bigger Than Bugs Bunny? Meet Darius, World's Largest Rabbit

Darius, a Continental Giant rabbit, has won the Guinness World Record for being the world's largest rabbit.

Cari Jorgensen
Posted: May 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Darius is 4 feet, 4 inches in height and weighs 49 pounds —- roughly the size of a kindergartener. But Darius doesn't go to kindergarten, at least not as a student. He's actually the world's largest rabbit.

Darius may be the size of a kindergartener, but he sure doesn't eat like one. Being the world's largest bunny comes with a large appetite. His daily food intake consists of apples, cabbage, rabbit mix in two large dog bowls and 12 carrots. His appetite costs his owner over $4,000 in food for him each year.

"Darius eats me out of house and home," his owner, Annette Edwards from Worcester, Central England, said, according to The Mirror.

And he always wants more.

"If Darius had his way he would never stop eating. He is very greedy; I really have to watch him," Edwards said. "I let him eat as much hay as he likes, on top of his food, but he always wants more. I have to be careful about how many carrots I let him have because he loves them —- especially the green tops."

Edwards said that Darius even tries to sneak food, but his personality hinders too much anger on her part. And despite his large appetite, "he is very active which is good for his health," she said.

"Darius is very healthy. He has lots and lots of exercise and a very good, balanced diet," Edwards told Today. "He's King Darius. He's a very famous bunny. He's a celebrity."

Edwards, a model who's had $16,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like Jessica Rabbit, makes appearances with Darius dressed as the animated character, complete with long red wig, revealing sequin dress, stilettos and purple gloves. But it's Darius who gets all the attention. He's even touring the world with a bodyguard and agent.

Darius and his owner
via the Today show
Darius is a healthy weight for his size.
So how did Darius get to be the world's largest bunny? "There is no secret to growing the world's largest rabbit. I just look after Darius as if he was a dog. I treat him really well and indulge him in the odd carrot or 12," Edwards told The Mirror.

Five-year-old Darius triumphed over rival rabbit Ralph for the Guinness World Record title of World's Biggest Bunny, a record that's based only on length. The record keepers previously also listed animals by their weight, but stopped including that measurement, fearing that people would overfeed their pets to get them in the record book, according to Today.

As for Darius, it must be all the carrots.

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Posted: May 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m. EDT

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