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    A couple of rabbits live in a £10,000 hutch

    NewsRabbits and bunniesTuesday 28 May 2013
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    Pinewood, stainless steel, LED spotlights, CCTV, electronic heaters, electronic shutters and stairs. Could it get any better for these two pampered rabbits?.

    This is the story of Hunnie and Runnie who live in a custom built hatch equipped with the latest technology to make their lives as safe and comfortable as possible. It is said that the total bill for the whole complex tops an incredible £10,000.

    The rabbits are owned by Jason and Mairi Batterbee who look after the rabbits in Dersingham, Kings Lynn. The hutch also has remote technologies and when they go away on holiday then the camera feeds can be seen via a laptop and mobile phone and their mobile phone can operate the hatch to close the shutters in case of bad weather. They are currently thinking of a way to feed the rabbits which is currently being done by neighbours when they are away.

    Mr Batterbee who is an electrician said that ‘It took a lot of time and effort but if you think what people spend on their children this is nothing in comparison.

    ‘They could be considered the most pampered pets in the world but they are worth it.

    ‘The cameras even have an infra-red facility so we can check on them after dark.’

    In the summer there is a small built in fan to provide much needed cooling to the rabbits and in the winter there is a heating device to keep them warm.

    In total Mr Batterbee said that the raw materials cost £1,000 and overall the rest to build everything by hand and in labour hours amounted to £10,000. He commented:

    "It took around nine months between work and other commitments as everything is handmade for the job,"

    "The basis for it went out of the window. I get carried away, but I think more is better for them and the bunnies have got a life of luxury."

    One possible improvement could be the use of solar panels to help provide the electricity to the hutch. At the moment it is running off a battery.

     

     

    Source: Daily Mail

    Photo: Wikimedia

     

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