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For Being ‘Too Affectionate’ A Tiny Rabbit Was Dumped At A Shelter

Ryann Sadler hurried over to the SPCA of Texas in December 2017 after seeing two young bunnies abandoned there.

Sadler, a long-time shelter volunteer, and bunny parent was devastated to see the arrivals’ plight; they were so little, and their nails were severely overgrown. Sadler took the small male rabbit in her hands to start clipping his nails, but instead, he began licking her all over with his tiny tongue, much to her astonishment.

Sadler had no idea bunnies liked to give kisses — but there she was, being smooched 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 instantly fell in love with the loving little rabbit, and when she read why he was surrendered, 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!”


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Sadler and Peter fell in love at first sight, despite the fact that her family wasn’t seeking to adopt another rabbit. Peter was only 5 months old at the time, but he was already giving so much love.

While much of Peter’s history remains unknown, it was evident that he was simply seeking for the right person to appreciate his caring nature. (And, thankfully, the female rabbit Peter brought to the shelter eventually found her perfect home as well.)


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“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.”

Rabbits will groom other bunnies whom they enjoy being around — but not every rabbit chooses to show this delicate sign of affection toward people. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of Peter’s absolute favorite things to do.


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Peter enjoys completing laps around the home and jumping into the air, in addition to kissing people.

He occasionally gets so thrilled about visitors and the family’s Yorkshire terrier that he won’t stop skipping and leaping around in joy, according to Sadler.


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Peter also loves tossing his toys around and playing ball.

He often roams free around the house when his family is home, which means he knows all the prime places to go for some fresh veggies.


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Peter is a source of brightness for the family, who writes about him and his bunny sister, Pepper, on Instagram on a daily basis.

Pepper is cranky, according to Sadler, but that doesn’t stop Peter from attempting to cheer her up.


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“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.”