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One of world's largest rabbits has been stolen from his home in England. Darius, continental giant rabbit, is current Guinness record holder as longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measures 129cm in length. Police say he was abducted from his pen late Saturday evening. Local police said in statement: "It is believed rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are appealing for information following theft." Darius' distraught owner has offered $2,750 reward for safe return of her beloved pet. She pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be bred.

Darius' disappearance comes amid spike in pet thefts in UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made impassioned appeal to those who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is individual that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting because he is such loveable character." The police said Darius' abduction was high-profile case as the animal was a celebrity in England and has made dozens of TV appearances. They believe abductors have a potential "ulterior motive," and that it could be work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value. UK's policing minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft "vile crime" and promised to crack down on it.

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