The Purr-Fect Pets Shop in Milford is the site of this most bizarre occurrence and workers there are as stupefied as everyone else who looks upon this odd and quite adorable creature. The weirdest fact of all is that this bunny is not alone.
The bunny was one of a delivery of 6-week-old dwarf rabbits that arrived at the store. When one of the store workers, Allison Noe, picked up a tri-colored baby boy bunny and looked at its face, she did a double take. The rabbit has two separate noses each with two nostrils. Tom Fomenko, Sr, the owner of the store, claims to have never seen anything like it in the twenty-five years he has been in the business. Besides the deformity, the little bunny eats, drinks and hops around just like the rest of its siblings.
Store employees have become attached to the little guy and are hoping it won’t be sold. Fomenko told the press if that were the case, it would go to a special place and not the highest bidder. They have even begun a naming contest with Cyrano de Bergerac and Deuce among the contenders so far.
This type of deformity is rare, but not unheard of for a number of very uncomfortable reasons. In China, pigs are a sign of fertility and for one farmer in Chongren County, Zhejiang province, specializing in raising pigs, it would appear that he hit the fertility jackpot. One of his piglets was born with two mouths and four eyes. The baby pig was among eight newborns at Liu Dingsheng’s farm. In his own words:
“We were shocked to see such a weird looking creature. I don’t really know what to do with it.”
The question remains: What causes such bizarre deformities?
Greg Dancho, director of the Beardley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, says that the cause of these deformities could be either too much inbreeding or parental exposure to pesticides and/or poisons. In his own words:
“It’s mostly genetic. Most of the dwarf bunnies pet stores sell are bred for sale. There’s a lot of inbreeding going on because the breeders are looking to produce them en masse. But the anomaly can also be caused by something in the environment. Maybe the parents got into poison or pesticides.”
As the world’s fastest developing industrial nation, China suffers heavily from environmental pollution. So does much of the western world.
Will curiosity kill these very nosy creatures? Naw. After all, they are bunnies and pigs, not cats!
What else are we in store for?
Someone, quick, call Mr. Ripley.