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In China, Bunny Frenzy Breeds Trouble

Buyers scramble for lucky but troublesome pets for Year of the Rabbit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 3:59 AM CST

(Newser) – The Year of the Rabbit begins tomorrow, and China is facing something that wasn't an issue for the Year of the Tiger: a surplus of New Year pets. Rabbits represent beauty and wealth in Chinese tradition, and the country has seen a frenzy of rabbit-buying in recent weeks. But many people are struggling to deal with their new bunnies, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Animal welfare groups say they're seeing plenty of abandoned bunnies, and are fielding calls from struggling owners, some of whom were ill-prepared when their pets started breeding like rabbits. "This is the opposite of fortune, since I've had to spend more of my money than I did before I had her," says one despairing Beijing rabbit owner, whose pet has scratched her and chewed up shoes and electrical cables.
(Read more rabbits stories.)

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