May 14, 2021

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U.K. law enforcement hunt rabbit thief soon after huge movie star pet Darius goes missing

LONDON — Lacking: Darius, with very long floppy ears and measuring a document-breaking 4 feet. Final witnessed in rabbit hutch in Stoulton, England.

Law enforcement mentioned they ended up hunting one of the world’s greatest rabbits, if not the premier, which went lacking above the weekend.

“We are attractive for info adhering to the theft of an award-winning rabbit from its property in Stoulton, Worcestershire,” West Mercia Police reported in statement on Monday. “The rabbit is pretty distinctive in the reality it is 4ft in dimensions.”

Darius, who grew to become a 2010 Guinness planet document holder for his huge size, was stolen from a back garden enclosure in central England on Saturday night time.

Darius’ owner, Annette Edwards, wrote on Twitter that police were being operating difficult to come across her prize-profitable pet and that she experienced presented a reward of 1,000 lbs . ($1,400) for his risk-free return.

“A incredibly unfortunate working day,” she said. “Darius is much too outdated to breed now. So remember to provide him again.”

Edwards in an interview with the Nowadays present in 2010 stated her massive pet — a Continental Giant rabbit — was helpful, experienced a big urge for food and liked lazing all-around on furniture.

The pair used to tour the place together with operator Edwards donning a Jessica Rabbit fashion outfit to show off gigantic Darius.

At the time, she said the celebrity bunny was insured for $1.6 million, had an agent and travelled with a bodyguard.

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Darius’ disappearance will come amid a spike in pet theft in England for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity DogLost explained it noticed experiences of thefts increase by 170 per cent in the last yr, from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

Pet detective Jacob Lloyd, head of investigations at Animal Security Companies, which prosecutes arranged animal cruelty, instructed NBC Information the “pandemic prices” for all animals had surged in Britain — with the ordinary cost tag for a pet pet leaping from about 700 lbs ($1,000) to 3,500 lbs ($5,000) in the last calendar year.

“It can be absolutely disproportionate to what we would normally see,” Lloyd reported. “Opportunists and arranged criminals have taken edge in the increase of selling prices, and pet dog and other animal thefts have long gone up.”

With people in England locked down for a lot of the yr, Lloyd said the have to have for “companionship” whilst shelling out a lot more time at home had led to the surge in demand.

In Darius’ superior-profile case a opportunity “ulterior motive” could also be at stake, pet detective Lloyd added, probable the work of organized criminals who realized his price.

The U.K.’s policing Minister Package Malthouse named animal theft a “vile criminal offense,” in a assertion before this 12 months.

“Allow me be apparent — pet theft is a prison offence with a utmost penalty of seven years’ imprisonment and it should be confronted wherever it takes place,” he extra.

Singer Lady Gaga’s two pet dogs, Koji and Gustav, made worldwide headlines when they have been briefly stolen and returned in February, amid her community pleas and a $500,000 reward.

Her French bulldogs were taken in a violent robbery in Hollywood, in which the singer’s 30-yr-previous canine walker was shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.