Somewhere Underneath This Giant Fluff of Cuteness is a Rabbit. Somewhere.


Photo: Betty Chu

Somewhere underneath this giant fluff of cuteness is a rabbit. Somewhere.

Pictured above is Lilianna, an English Angora rabbit that belonged to Betty Chu of San Jose, California (previously on Neatorama). Chu, a retired Economics Professor, has a passion of raising and showing her prize animals in shows across the country as part of the Northern California Angora Guild.

There's no money in raising and breeding these rabbits, Chu said to Huffington Post, but they are "very lovable [and] can be litterbox trained like cats and would follow their owners like dogs."

If cute photos of these rabbits have got you hoppin' with excitement, you're in luck. The Northern California Angora Guild has many more photos of those amazingly fluffy English Angora rabbits:


13-month-old English Angora rabbit named Ida


A junior tort English Angora rabbit


An agouti English Angora rabbit named Chestnut


Five tort bunnies all lined up


Dat ears!


Ida getting a haircut


Ida, sitting next to the wool cut from her back

They do look cute, don't they? (But just in case, always keep the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch on hand at all times.)

View more at the Northern California Angora Guild's blog.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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For the same reason that coating sheep is hard on the animals. Underneath those long stapled coats are skinny animals struggling to regulate their body temperatures.

Rabbits in the wild would normally go underground to escape heat; they shed and groom themselves to get rid of their winter coats. Angora are a domesticated variety from Turkey with coats similar to cashmere. Their coats are shorn or plucked every three or four months. If not, the hair just keeps growing. Rabbits are natural self-groomers and they ingest their fur just like a cat. They can't cough or vomit up those hairballs, so they have to pass them through through their digestive tracts. Breeders compensate the rabbits with a high fiber diet to help pass the hair. If the heat doesn't kill them (we'll assume these rabbits are always in air-conditioned rooms), a blocked intestinal tract might.
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