Easter is a lovely time of year. The land is turning green, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. I want to remind everyone what Easter is not lovely for — all the baby bunnies and chicks being sold and purchased on impulse this time of year. We take a baby bunny home thinking this will be a good starter pet for our little one. Four months down the road, bunny is not so cute anymore. Its hormones have kicked in and is becoming aggressive. Your child who is not capable of properly holding a rabbit has dropped her wiggly friend and now we have a bunny with a broken leg or spine. Bunny is set loose to be "free” and ends up as prey. Bunny is stuck out in the back yard, never to be let out to exercise or socialize, and ends up dying of heat stroke or fright from a curious dog or hungry predator. Here are a few facts: →Bunnies are not good pets for small children. They need to be spayed and neutered just like cats and dogs (you will have a calmer, happier and healthier bunny). →Bunnies need yearly health checks by an experienced vet. →Bunnies can be litter box trained. →Bunnies need more to eat than pellets. They need hay and fresh greens daily for good health. →Bunnies should be kept indoors so they can be part of the family and safe. →Bunnies need to be introduced to other pets slowly and with supervision. Many bunnies are killed unintentionally every year by a playful family dog. →Bunnies need daily exercise. →Electric cords should be kept out of reach. Bunnies are drawn to nibble on cords and often accidentally electrocuted. →Bunnies can live 10 years or more. Please consider these before bringing home a rabbit. They are wonderful companions and with some education you can have a healthy, social, loving pet for years. If you decide that a bunny is the right choice for your family, please consider adopting a rescued bunny. Almost every state has a bunny rescue. You can contact HeartlandRabbitRescue.org in Blanchard. Come meet our special bunnies at Heartland. Most of them started life as an Easter bunny. Womack lives in Mustang.