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Beatrix

BEATRIX – MINI REX RABBIT

Hatch Year: 2012
Arrival to WBS: 2013
Sex: Female
Reason for Residence: donated

Beatrix was donated to the World Bird Sanctuary by a local rabbit breeder to be used as an animal ambassador. While she may have been the runt of her litter, she is treated like the queen she is here at the Sanctuary! Beatrix loves attention, pets, and ear rubs. In fact, she will often solicit love from guests if she feels she has not been given enough attention recently. Her calm demeanor and silky soft fur make her incredibly popular with adults and children alike, and she is often asked for by name.

When she is not participating in education programs, you can find Beatrix in our Raptique Gift Shop. There she likes to chew on cardboard rings, chase her tennis ball around, sit atop her igloo, and enjoy mid-afternoon naps. She is currently being harness trained, and staff hope to expand on her trained behaviors in the future.

SPECIES: MINI REX RABBIT

Recognized by American Rabbit Breeder Association (ARBA) in 1988. ARBA recognizes nearly 20 colors of Mini Rex. The history of the Mini Rex begins with Monna Berryhill in Texas, according to the NMRRC website. In 1984, she received a Dwarf Rex and paired it with a lynx Rex. By 1986, she presented the first Mini Rex at the annual ARBA convention. It was a castor Mini Rex, and ARBA approved a working standard for the breed. In 1987 and 1988, Berryhill presented again, passing both times. Meanwhile, other rabbit breeders began presenting different varieties in 1987. The Mini Rex was accepted as a breed in 1988 with numerous varieties available with more added over the years.

Description: Rex Rabbit fur is plush and velvety to touch. Mini Rex have the Rex fur type, which is short, upright, and velvety to touch. The breed standard for Mini Rex specifies that it has a compact, balanced, smooth body. The ears are upright and close together. The ideal for shoulders, midsection, and hindquarters calls for them to be firm and well-filled.

Color: Mini Rex is that they come in a wide variety of colors — nearly 20! The American Rabbit Breeders Association-recognized colors include black, blue, blue-eyed white, broken group, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, Himalayan, lilac, lynx, opal, otter, red, sable point, seal, silver marten, smoke pearl, tortoise, and white.
Age: about 10 years
Length: 9″-12″
Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Behavior: Mini Rex are considered a friendly breed, although the degree of friendliness varies by individual.

Diet: The adult rabbit diet is mainly fresh, loose grass hay. Hay is needed for the fiber, which keeps their gastrointestinal tract moving properly and also helps wear down their constantly growing teeth. Clean, fresh water is another daily must for rabbits. Fresh, green, leafy vegetables are a smaller but important part of the diet.

Fun Facts!
– Rabbits groom themselves, except for trimming their nails.

– Mini Rex are nicknamed “The People’s Choice In A Fancy Breed.”

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