Honey Bun (HB), the lop-eared rabbit, lived a healthy and happy life as my classroom pet for 10 years. Having a rabbit in the classroom had a wonderful calming effect on the students. She was litter trained and spent most of the day out of her cage.
Easter was HB's favorite holiday and she was always present for the annual egg hunt at school.
I still see former students and parents who ask about HB. It saddens me to have to report that she passed away, peacefully in her sleep, 3 years ago.
If you're looking for a special book to add to a child's Easter basket, I highly recommend, Leo the Lop by Stephen Cosgrove.
It is a delightfully illustrated book about how Leo and his bunny buddies learn one of life's most important lessons.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND giving live bunnies as Easter gifts. HB had been an Easter bunny, returned to the pet store, and was living her life in a cage in the pet store warehouse. Apparently, animals returned to pet stores cannot be resold, because stores can no longer guarantee the animals' health. A friend who worked at the store asked me to rescue HB. Honey Bun was one of the sweetest animals I have ever known.
Honey Bun, enjoying her favorite snack, raw sweet potato,
on my desk at school.