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.
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.
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