Bunny with two noses

It's hard to tell in the photo, but apparently this baby bunny has two noses. The dwarf rabbit lives at a pet store in Milford, Connecticut. From the Connecticut Post:
Twonosebunnnn Gregg Dancho, director of the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, said there's usually two reasons for such deformities.

"It's mostly genetic," he said. "Most of the dwarf bunnies pet stores sell are bred for sale. There's a lot of in-breeding going on because the breeders are looking to produce them en mas."

But the anomaly can also be caused by something in the environment.

"Maybe the parents got into poison or pesticides used to control pests," he said.

But Dancho said people interested in buying a dwarf rabbit or any animal as a pet should really think about what they are doing and not buy on impulse. "When that animal comes home you will have to take care of it," he said.
"No fooling: This bunny has two noses" (Thanks, Kirsten Anderson!)

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  1. Now look here, Mr Rabbit. It’s quite easy for somebody just to come along here claiming that they have a bit to spare in the nose department. The point is, our viewers need proof.

  2. …en masse…
    It IS hare lip, aka, cleft lip/palate. “Cleft lip and palate is usually caused by a combination of genetic and other unknown factors. The unknown factors may include an illness during pregnancy or being exposed to certain substances such as tobacco smoke or certain medicines.” So, is the breeder a smoker?
    Poor bun may have difficulties with feeding or infection if the fissure goes into the mouth.I’m sure a vet would love to fix it if there’s a problem.

  3. OK,
    was it the original columnist or the editor who can’t tell Spanish from French?

    It’s “en masse” for those who missed it.

  4. Buns make great pets. As with yer cats and dogs, your local humane society or rabbit rescue group will have scads of perfectly lovable ones, should you wish to care for one. They don’t always like to cuddle or even pay attention to you, but they’re lots of fun and easy to care for.

  5. “It’s mostly genetic,” he said. “Most of the dwarf bunnies pet stores sell are bred for sale. There’s a lot of in-breeding going on because the breeders are looking to produce them en mas.”

    Do not buy pets from pet stores. Bunny-farms/puppy-farms/etc, breed for money, not for love. Profit comes before the welfare of the animals.
    Instead, when you want a pet, steal one from your neighbour. Alternately, attend a furry convention and steal one from there. It’s the right thing to do.

  6. “en mas”

    Maybe they just forgot the e in the middle, as in: “There’s a lot of in-breeding going on because the breeders are looking to produce them enemas.” -Makes about as much sense.

  7. I think he meant en masse, a French phrase used by the English some of the time that means in large amounts. So you’re right that he forgot the e(and the s). Although breeding rabbits en masse sounds redundant.

    Still, the end is nigh so logically, sinners should be repenting and spelling errors are serious sins to some people.

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