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Foster home sought for rabbit: must love beach walks and watermelon

By Victoria Leonard

A watermelon-loving rabbit with nearly 1,000 followers on Instagram is seeking a temporary foster home - and social media manager.

Floki the 11-month-old Rex rabbit, who enjoys walks on his halter at Downhill beach, is facing homelessness after his owner moved into student halls.

Lauren White (24), who is from Articlave but is studying equine business management at Hartpury University in Gloucester, is looking for someone to care for her beloved pet until next summer, as well as to update his avid social media fans on his progress.

Floki, who enjoys "cuddles and kisses", will come with all his toys and rabbit-related paraphernalia. His human parents are looking for "responsible animal-lovers only".

"We really love him and we don't want to get rid of him, but I don't think that a student environment is the best place for him and the university wouldn't allow him to stay," Lauren told the Belfast Telegraph.

"He is so affectionate - he runs up to my boyfriend Mark like a dog and loves to give kisses. He doesn't shed any hair, so is perfect for living indoors.

"Rabbits are amazing pets and when I lived in London I put Floki on a halter and took him to the park - he likes to go outside to nibble on the grass.

"When I brought him home for a visit I took him to Downhill beach on his harness and he enjoyed running around. He is a social bunny, a real character.

"I am hoping to find someone who will temporarily adopt him until the summer of 2018. We will pay his costs while he is in his foster home."

In addition to feeding and brushing duties, Floki's potential foster parents would ideally have an interest in social media.

"Floki has 961 followers on social media and we'd like whoever fosters him to keep posting on his account, as it's really fun," Lauren said. "People are always asking how Floki is."

To offer Floki a foster home, email Lauren at laurenwhite53@hotmail.com.

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