Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 20th May 2011
Rabbit Awareness Week
Rabbits are the third most popular pet, with between 1.6 – 2 million pet rabbits in Britain today. With their floppy ears and fluffy tails it’s easy to see why kids and adults love bunnies, but, as with all pets, they need a lot of care and attention to be happy and healthy. With the right treatment rabbits can live for over 10 years, but unfortunately a lot of bunnies out there aren’t looked after properly.
Rabbit Awareness Week takes place once a year to raise awareness of caring for bunnies. The RAW website is full of information about the needs of rabbits, including advice on diet, environment and company, and there are lots of other great things going on like free health checks with vets. RAW will be running from Monday 23rd to Friday 29th May and you can visit the website for more information.
What better time to give your rabbit some TLC…and maybe even a new home, because we are offering 10% off all Rabbit Eglus if you place your order by the end of May. Just add the Eglu to your shopping basket and use this code: EGLURABBIT
Omlet Treasure Hunt
It’s not every day that we have a newsletter dedicated to rabbits (once a year, in fact), so we thought it was a good time to launch an extra special competition. Enter our Rabbit Awareness Week Treasure Hunt and you could win a brand spanking new Rabbit Eglu, along with a month’s supply of Burgess Excel food and some other rabbit goodies, worth a grand total of over £500!
How do you win this wonderful prize, we hear you cry…it’s simple. Over the next week you will need to visit different pages to pick up our secret passwords. There will be one password to collect at 10am on each day of RAW, and you will need to pick up each one to find the clue to the next one. Once you have collected all five passwords you just need to send them along with your name, address and phone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you missed a day don’t panic, because the passwords will all remain in their secret spots until Sunday 29th May. You have until midnight on the 29th to send in your entries. The winner will be chosen at random, and there are two runner-up prizes up for grabs too.
You’ll find your first clue and password on our Facebook page, on Monday. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Facebook account because you can still view the page without one. Good luck!
World’s Smallest Rabbit
Last year we told you about the world’s largest rabbit, so this year we thought we’d visit the other end of the spectrum…The world’s smallest rabbit is the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, found in a single area in Washington. Pygmy rabbits are also one of the rarest breeds of rabbit, being declared extinct in the wild in the 90s, after the remaining 14 bunnies were taken into protection. No one was successful in breeding this species in captivity, until 2001, when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife asked the Oregon Zoo to help. Since then the zoo has bred over 70 baby pygmy bunnies and they paint the ears in different colour patterns to tell them apart.
The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit is tiny, weighing less than a pound when fully grown, and it will easily fit into the palm of your hand. Now, compare that to last year’s featured bunny Darius, at 3 stone 7 pounds, and you can imagine the size difference!
The Important of Fibre
Just like humans, rabbits need fibre in their diet. Our friends from Burgess explain all:
“Rabbits need two kids of fibre in their diet; digestible and indigestible. The first gives them essential nutrients and the second keeps their digestive system moving effectively. Now for the science bit… Indigestible fibre passes through their digestive system and is excreted as separate, round hard droppings. This process keeps the digestive system moving and stimulates the appetite.
Digestible fibre is moved up into an organ called the caecum – this is like a giant appendix. Good bacteria in the caecum ferment the fibre (making it easy to digest) which then emerges in the form of clumps of sticky droppings called caecotrophs. Rabbits then re-eat the caecotrophs and their systems extract essential nutrition as the digestible fibre passes through for a second time.
Failing to provide adequate portions of the right kind of fibre can rapidly lead to illness and can sometimes be fatal.”
There are loads of good rabbit food available that are designed to give your pets the fibre and nutrients they need, but one ideal option is the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan. You can read the plan and buy the food by visiting the website. Burgess Excel are offering Omlet members money off coupons for Herbage/Forage and Nature Snacks. Simply print out these vouchers and redeem at any good pet food retailer. And don’t forget you can win some brilliant Burgess food in this month’s mega competition!
The Bunny Museum
Now to a couple who really appreciate rabbits. Husband and wife team Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee love bunnies so much that they have over 28,000 of them (that’s toy bunnies, not real). As of March 25th this year they officially set the world record for the largest collection of bunny rabbits, with a grand total of 28,423, to be exact. Their collection is so big that the couple have opened their own Bunny Museum, in their home, in California, which they call ‘the hoppiest place in the world’. It’s free to visit, and it must be the only museum that’s open 365 days of the year! If you fancy taking a visit to see their terrific collection you are encouraged to take some fresh fruit and veg with you, for their seven real pet bunnies. Don’t take carrots though – they’re fed up with them!
The Omlet Team