Rescued Hairless Bunny “Mr Bigglesworth” Was Saved From Euthanasia And Now Lives As An Online Star

Rabbits are among the most beloved creatures in the world, thanks to their fluffiness, long ears, adorable nose twitch and graceful hops. In fact, they are the third most popular pet, after cats and dogs! However, not all kits – or baby rabbits – will be born covered with fur. Some unique cases will be born without the thick coat of fur we all admire about rabbits. Such is the case of Mr Bigglesworth, the internet-famous hairless Rex Rabbit from Victoria, Australia.

The story began in when Cassandra Hall spotted him on a breeder’s advertisement on Facebook. The breeder was selling the hairless rabbit and his siblings, but made a note that said, ‘Hairless not for free’. Having never seen one before, Cassandra immediately reached out to the breeder for more photos and they obliged. Along with the photos, the breeder told Cassandra that she could have him for free, since they wouldn’t be able to sell him and might up putting him down like they did with another hairless rabbit before.

 

 

 

 

Cassandra Hall took Mr Bigglesworth to save him from euthanasia

Cassandra went to the breeder’s place the very next day. When she arrived, she saw the tiny hairless rabbit living outside together with its fur-covered siblings. In comparison to other rabbits, the furless baby rabbit was frail. It seemed like he would not be able to live a long life. However, this did not deter Cassandra from taking him home. As the rabbit reminds her and her siblings of the cat from the Austin Powers movie, Mr Bigglesworth, so that is how the rabbit got his name.

Since the rabbit’s circumstance is unique, Cassandra knew that she would need to provide a different kind of care for him. His appearance made the family worry because he didn’t look like he would survive beyond being a baby. But Cassandra was determined to give him a chance. So, she began to research on how to take care of a hairless rabbit. She also posted pictures posted pictures of her new pet on her other bunny’s Instagram page. And since she now had two pet rabbits, Cassandra decided to change her pets’ Instagram handle to @loafy_mrbigglesworth… which later changed to @mrbigglesworthrabbit when Loafy crossed the rainbow bridge.

 

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This is for everyone that is new to Mr Bigglesworth's Story. Mr Bigglesworth is a Rex Rabbit, who was born on June 30th 2017 with a hairless ff gene disorder. He was due to be put down because of his condition as the breeder had no understanding of it. But we rescued him. (See his story on https://www.mrbigglesworththebunny.com/about) Mr Bigglesworth is also a REW bunny, (ruby eyed white) and that is why his skin is so pink?. Mr Bigglesworth's has received a lot of attention from around the world, and we have been contacted by other rabbit families about Mr Bigglesworth's condition. These families have had exactly the same furless genetic disorder in their rabbits, some have grown fine fur all over, some have grown patches of fur only and others have not survived. We are learning everyday about his condition as there is limited resources about it. Whatever the outcome, we are enjoying watching him grow and be happy. We are now seeing fuzz starting to grow on him, but it is very patchy. We just have to wait and see. Thanks for all your support ?? Mr Bigglesworth may be different but we love him the way he is, please no negativity. The pictures above are to show people that he never had fur when he was a baby as we get asked this question daily. #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #babyrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun

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Mr Bigglesworth was listening intensely to our conversation in the Kitchen today. He has been moulting what tiny remaining fluff he has. His hair grows back short and fine, then falls out in patches. This is because of his genetic disorder. Please no negative comments about him. I get hesitant about putting full body shots of him up because I get inundated with cruel comments about him. Mr Bigglesworth may be different but we love him the way he is, please no negativity. #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun

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The online rabbit community came together to help Cassandra learn how to properly care for her new pet

Shortly after the images of her family’s hairless addition went online, numerous media outlets picked up the story. Cassandra’s new pet became a worldwide sensation overnight. This helped others caring for hairless bunnies reach out to Cassandra. Some shared helpful advice, others offered their own stories. Thanks to her fellow hairless rabbit owners, Cassandra learned that her pet’s parents had the ff gene or the hairless gene. When rabbits carrying the ff gene mate, they will produce a hairless offspring in every litter.

Most hairless kits won’t live beyond 4 weeks, since they lack the fur coat that helps them stay warm. Those that live beyond their first 4 weeks will either sprout fine fur all over their body or grow tufts in random parts of their body. Others will live for a while but not as long from because of their extremely thin skin exposed. However, Cassandra is happy to report that,

“Currently, Mr Bigglesworth is very healthy considering his condition.”

 

 

 

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Oh Biggsy you are so funny. Look at your little mouth wide open for some kale and the next pic is when he is cleaning his jumper. Sometimes its like we have a cartoon character in our house. I’m so glad he keeps us happy. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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Cassandra and her family take good care of the rabbit

Thanks to advice of her fellow hairless rabbit owners, the Hills are able to care of their furless companion well. Due to his high metabolism, Cassandra shares that they have to feed him much more food than they would normally provide for their other bunnies. They also take him to the veterinarian every six months to see how he’s doing.

 

 

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Eating your greens makes you strong ?. Mum couldn’t resist taking this photo of me with Maddy, she loves my fluffy tail and fluffy mustache ??. By the way, this photo makes me look big, but I’m actually small. I’m a mini Rex Rabbit. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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“He lives inside with us, we never let him outside because Australia has the calcivirus which kills rabbits and is transported by mosquito bites. He is kept warm by his numerous jumpers and his companion rabbit Miss Cinnamon Bun.”

 

 

 

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Everyone was interested in Mr Bigglesworths stripey photo that I put up yesterday. Here he is stretching out and you can see his fur pattern. This has happened to him before but eventually it will all fall out. He will be completely hairless soon. We have found that his patchy hair growth is fuller in Summer but in Winter it all falls out. You would think it would be the other way around but not for him. He will be turning 3 years old in June and this is how he has always been. I get hesitant about showing Mr B naked because sometimes I get terrible comments and they really affect me. To learn about his genetic condition visit his website in the Instagram bio link. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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To make up for his lack of fur, the rabbit has to wear jumpers and costumes to stay warm.

 

“If he gets cold, he shivers like a human. His skin feels like a baby’s skin, it is super soft and if he scratches himself we use pawpaw ointment. He is toilet trained to use a kitty litter tray.”

 

 

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One more sleep till Christmas ??. Mr Bigglesworth, Miss Cinnamon Bun, Miss Paris, Maddy and Josh are all excited. We have been cooking all day for tomorrow’s festivities. It smells like Christmas in our house. Miss Cinnamon Bun was not in the mood for photos today, her face says it all.? Swipe to see all the photos. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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Aside from the company of Miss Cinnamon Bun, he also has plenty of other plush pals

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When Mr Bigglesworth was a baby, he had a favorite toy cat that he snuggled. We still have his toy cat but now he prefers to snuggle Miss Cinnamon Bun. Even when he was a baby he had a white beard and its never fallen out. He is so unique. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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This bunny’s definitely the friendly type

 

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There is no privacy in this place. Mr Bigglesworth followed me to the bathroom ?. He is getting fine lines of fur on this wrinkles. He looks like a mini albino tiger?. The kids are calling him “stripey”?. . Negative comments will be removed. Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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He may not have a lot of hair but he’s got loads of personality

Cassandra happily shares that the rabbit isn’t letting his lack of lustrous fur get in his way of him living his best life. In fact, the 2-year-old Rex Rabbit doesn’t seem to mind it at all. (With all the love and care he’s getting, how could be not be happy and healthy?) His family happily shares that their resident Instagram celebrity’s got an outgoing, playful, and quirky attitude. His owner shared that he,

“has a cheeky personality and is very mischievous. He knows the word ‘no’ and if I see him doing something naughty, I yell out ‘no’ and he comes up to me and stomps his feet and honks a noise. He does this several times to me and it makes me laugh. It’s as if he’s yelling at me for telling him off.”

 

 

He isn’t totally hairless though – he’s got fine hair and tufts growing in some places

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The top view of Mr Bigglesworths back feet. Its so interesting, because you can see his fur loss patches from his genetic disorder. His fur grows in some places but then falls out. In other places no hair grows, or he has tiny peach fuzz that doesn’t get any length. He is so unique and I cannot imagine him being any other way. . No Negative comments on this photo as they will be removed. Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #netherlanddwarf #cinnamonbun #paristhewhippet #whippetsofinstagram #whippet #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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This bunny’s making big leaps

“Since Mr Bigglesworth is the epitome of the outcast, most people connect with his “underdog” story and adore him for his endearing qualities. His loyal followers embrace his physical differences and have fallen in love with his cheekiness and connect to his message; that true beauty comes in all forms and radiates from within.”

 

This loveable bad bunny and his family are using their influence in helping causes that matter. “Our latest was the for the wildlife affected by the bushfires in Australia because it’s so close to our home,” Cassandra said. Mr. Bigglesworth partnered together with @wanderingwabbits to create a merchandise collection that fans can buy. All the proceeds will be given to the Hill family’s chosen wildlife rescue centers. “We did short videos visiting various wildlife centers and giving them money from what our fans raised, it was very rewarding.”

 

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Mr Bigglesworth’s family and friends are currently being impacted by the bushfires in Australia. We want to raise money for the local wildlife rescues and asked @wanderingwabbits to make this powerful illustration. 100% of all profits made in sales will be donated to Kangaloola Wildlife Shelter and Wildlife Victoria. To purchase Stickers, a Mug or Notebook visit our website: www.mrbigglesworththebunny.com or click the link in our bio and go to our Website. Thankyou @wanderingwabbits for donating the beautiful illustration and could you please go and follow their page??. I’m so excited to be helping our local rescues. Please share this post to help?? . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #helpingaustralianwildlife #australianbushfires #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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Aside from this, Cassandra is also very active in participating in anti-bullying campaigns. She takes her beloved pet to schools and holds talks that aims to make children understand that bullying is not okay.

 

“The Mr Bigglesworth story is unfolding and will hopefully continue for many more years.”

 

 

Keeping rabbits as pets is a big responsibility

We all adore bunnies, but the sad reality is that they’re seen as “starter pets” by many. Thousands of rabbits are abandoned every year by unprepared owners. People typically assume that rabbits are low maintenance, which is far from the truth. In reality, caring for a rabbit requires a lot of work. “Rabbits are very intelligent and need to be looked after properly and need to be entertained by lots of rabbit toys or they can be destructive,” Mary E. Cotter, House Rabbit Society’s spokesperson said. “Their quarters need daily cleaning, and fresh food and water must be offered daily, including a salad of well-washed, dark-green vegetables. Certain rabbit health problems can become chronic and can require regular (and some expensive) veterinary treatment.”

 

And according to Cotter, veterinarians specializing in rabbit medicine aren’t exactly easy to find, despite their crucial role. You must constantly monitor rabbits to prevent or detect any health issues they might have. No issue is ever to minor for these fluffy hoppers – a brief bout of anorexia may be life-threatening for them. Many animal welfare groups like House Rabbit Society are advocating for prospective rabbit pet owners to educate themselves about the animal they’re thinking of taking home.

 

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Thank you Jenny @4luvofbunz for sending Mr Bigglesworth these wonderful treats from @microbarkery , he loves them. He also loves your sticker “Bunny Strong” which represents strength and endurance. Thank you again for being so kind and sending these to him??. . Mr Bigglesworth has a rare hairless genetic condition, but we love him the way he is, please no negative comments. . #mrbigglesworth #houserabbit #rexrabbit #rabbit #bunny #hairlessrabbit #bunstagram #bunniesofinstagram #rabbitlove #rabbitunited #bunnyinaustralia #bunniesoftheworld #cuterabbit #bunnylove #lapin #kanin #kaninchen #hase #australia #fabbunnies #ilovemybunnies #??? #??? #?? #bunnystrong #cinnamonbun #instagram #weeklyfluff #mrbigglesworthrabbit

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Watch some of his most adorable moments below

 

 

 

Here’s what people think about this awesome bunny

love mr bigglesworth's sweater

 

mr bigglesworth looks like he's covered in pink velvet

 

mr bigglesworth looks like the energy bunny

 

mr bigglesworth march hare lookalike

If everyone is as well-informed about rabbits as we are about cats and dogs, things would be better for these adorable creatures. Treat these gentle fluffs right and you’ll have a friend for life. Keep up with the rabbit’s adventures via Instagram, Facebook, and at his website!