2011-02-03 / Other News

Floppy-Eared Critter Overshadows Groundhog



This Flemish giant rabbit resides at the Prospect Park Zoo and will be in the spotlight now that Groundhog Day has passed. By the way, neither celebrity groundhog — Punxsutawney Phil nor Staten Island Chuck — saw their shadows when they poked their heads out of their respective burrows yesterday morning. But, if you believe in the myth related to that annual event, we should have an early spring. And wouldn’t that be nice after the stormy winter we’ve had so far? The rabbit now takes over as the creature of focus as the Chinese ring in the New Year, which happens to be the Year of the Rabbit. Herbie, the floppy-eared critter above weighs a hefty 18 pounds and is one of the largest breeds of domestic rabbit in the world. Officials said that Herbie is not on exhibit, but can be seen when he participates in the Brooklyn zoo’s Animal Encounters presentation every weekend. For more information, call 1-718-399-7339 This Flemish giant rabbit resides at the Prospect Park Zoo and will be in the spotlight now that Groundhog Day has passed. By the way, neither celebrity groundhog — Punxsutawney Phil nor Staten Island Chuck — saw their shadows when they poked their heads out of their respective burrows yesterday morning. But, if you believe in the myth related to that annual event, we should have an early spring. And wouldn’t that be nice after the stormy winter we’ve had so far? The rabbit now takes over as the creature of focus as the Chinese ring in the New Year, which happens to be the Year of the Rabbit. Herbie, the floppy-eared critter above weighs a hefty 18 pounds and is one of the largest breeds of domestic rabbit in the world. Officials said that Herbie is not on exhibit, but can be seen when he participates in the Brooklyn zoo’s Animal Encounters presentation every weekend. For more information, call 1-718-399-7339

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