An Easter Reminder
... or stuffed, they can be cuddled in bed!
Real rabbits can, and should, live as long as 10 years, mine did. They are delicate animals, not for young children, their backs break quite easily. They are little poop machines. They deserve better than life in an outdoor hutch, ignored.
Chicks grow into hens or roosters. Are you prepared to protect them from predators? Care for the hens for years after they quit laying eggs? Part with the roosters when the neighbors complain? Chickens can live 5-10 years!
Ducks? Don't even think of it! Did you know baby ducks from the store cannot swim? No? That's why so many drown the first day in their new "forever homes."
You know what? Just don't give live animals for holiday gifts. Think about it, look into it, pick the right pet for your family. Make it for life, but a long life, the average life for the animal species.
(I just adopted a 5 month old puppy who had been previously adopted at 7 weeks, and was returned to the shelter after 4 months. They didn't "like" his DNA results! Think how devastated and confused he is right now. His entire life as he knew it is gone.)