In December 2017, Ryann Sadler rushed to the SPCA of Texas. The reason? She saw two baby rabbits left at the centre.
Being a longtime shelter volunteer and mom of adorable rabbits, Sadler was truly heartbroken to see the condition of the abandoned rabbit. They were tiny and malnourished and had overtly overgrown nails. She couldn’t stand idly, so she scooped up the little male rabbit in her arm to start trimming his nails. The small furry animal started planting kisses all over her with his tiny tongue.
Sadler was clueless that bunnies fancied kissing their human- but there she was lovingly kissed all over by one.
“I was holding him and he just started licking my hands,” Sadler told The Dodo. “I said, ‘What on Earth!?’ My rabbit Pepper has never done that. We were just blown away with how sweet and friendly he was.”
Sadler couldn’t help falling in love with the little furry baby. When she read the reason he was abandoned, she was officially set on bringing him home.
“The owner said Peter was ‘too affectionate’ and ‘needed too much attention,’” Sadler said. “He was the snuggliest bunny ever — I couldn’t believe anyone would give him up!”
Even though her family wasn’t looking to adopt another rabbit, Sadler and Pater were destined for each other at first sight. Peter was quite young at about five months old, but he already had so much love to shower on his human.
Pater’s past might be a dark mystery, but it was quite evident that he was just looking for the perfect person to understand his loving personality.
“He is so affectionate, loves being held and will just sit on my chest kissing my face,” Sadler said. “It’s the sweetest thing in the world.”
It’s entirely normal for rabbits to groom other bunnies whom they are comfortable around- but rarely does a rabbit chooses to show this intimate sign of affection toward people. However, this is Peter’s absolute way of showing affection.
Along with showering kisses on people, Peter also loves doing laps around the house and jumping into the air.
He gets overjoyed when the family’s Yorkshire terrier and guests visit. He just won’t stop skipping and leaping around in celebration, Sadler said.
You can also see Peter tossing his toys around and playing ball.
When his family is home, he roams free around the house. This also means that he knows all the secret spots to go for some fresh veggies.
Peter is truly a delight for his family, and they keep sharing posts on Instagram of Peter and his rabbit sister, Pepper.
Even though Pepper is not a match for Peter’s sunny personality, he keeps trying to brighten her mood.
Their pens are right next to one another, and Peter always tries to make friends with her,” Sadler said with a laugh. “They peacefully coexist that way, but Pepper still prefers her own space.”
Ever since little Peter was taken in, he’s made sure to let everyone know how much he loves and adores them- along with showing the entire world just how heartwarming bunny love can be.
“A few years ago, we knew nothing about rabbits,” Sadler said. “They are a big responsibility and require a lot of special care. But like Peter, they’re some of the funniest and loving animals ever. He makes us smile every single day.”
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