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30-pound rabbit delights local special needs clients

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By Jenny Hartley

Willhebite?TimmyHallasked,alittleapprehensiveaboutaverylarge,furryvisitorwithacottonywhitetail,whoseemedmoreinterestedinnibblingstrawthanfingers.LynetteStewartwasn’tintimidatedbythebigbunny.“He’sacuterabbit,”shesaid,strokingthesandy-brownbunny.Hall,StewartandotherclientsoftheLancaster/ChesterDisabilitiesandSpecialNeedsBoardhadavisitfromPeterCottontailonThursday.PeterbelongstoClaudeEllisofLancaster,whoownsHavePets,WillTravelpettingzoo.HesentPeteralongwithDSNworkerKayeHoffman,whousedtorunapettingzooofherown,totheDSNoffices.EllissaidPeter,aFlemishGiantrabbit,weighs30pounds.Ellissaidhehasafemale,calledadoe,thatisjustaslarge.FlemishGiantsareknownfortheirgentle,laid-backnature.PeterwiggledalittlewhenHoffmanpickedhimup,pushingagainstherwithhisgiant,snowshoe-likefeet,butthensettledintoherarmswithoutbattingabeautifulbrowneye.“He’seasy30(pounds),”Hoffmansaid.DSNclientssurroundedHoffmantotouchPeter’ssilkyfur.DSNworkerBarbaraEverallsaidPeterwasverypopularThursdaymorning.“They’vebeenoverherepettinghimallday,”Everallsaid.“We’vebroughtpuppiesinbefore.Iwishwecouldbringapettingzoohereeverysooften.Itkeepstheirinterest,that’sforsure.”EverallsaidrabbitshavevisitedDSNbefore,butPeterCottontailisdefinitelyunique.“Ithinkthat’sthebiggestrabbitI’veeverseen,”Everallsaid,withasmile.

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