An earless bunny in Japan is sparking up debate about whether we are seeing signs of mutation as a result of the Fukushima nuclear site’s meltdown back in March. I wasn’t going to post since I felt like the sample size of one rabbit wasn’t sufficient to back up these claims, especially since we’ve posted in the past about another earless rabbit named Vincent Van Gogh.
But the video of the white bunny was cute, so here it is:
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OMG!!!! cute! why do they call them earless? They are adorable! I am trying to get a bunny for my birthday and Its on the 4th of July so fingers crossed.
What you are seeing in this video is not caused by radiation, but a common mutation caused by two dwarf genes, known to rabbit breeders as a “peanut.” Although peanuts lives are usually measured in days, they will occasionally live for a few years. The mutation is marked by short ears(almost non-existant in this case), triangular head and short, thin, often crossed legs. This one obviously does not have the internal problems that a typical peanut does. The breeder is lucky(as is the bunny), that’s all.
The shrunken legs are the hind legs, by the way. Another characteristic is the lack of growth, also seen in the video, as the bunny is much smaller than its littermates.
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