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    Default The showjumping rabbits

    For the average pet rabbit, the daily routine involves nothing more strenuous than chomping on a carrot.
    But life is very different for the Haslam household's six showjumping bunnies.
    Under the guidance of twins Mathew and Thomas, they have learned to leap over miniature fences in the back garden.

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    Hop to it: Lilac shows off her talent as she clears another fence

    The 15-year-olds, who live in Doncaster, have owned rabbits for nine years, but decided to teach them to 'showjump' after being inspired by a video on the YouTube website.
    They set up obstacles in their garden and encouraged the pets to bounce over them by leading them on a leash.
    Now Bubbles, Lilac, Cuddles, Apple, Muffin and Beefy will be among the competitors at the Ultimate Pet Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham tomorrow.


    Taking a leap: Lilac goes up...



    ...and over...


    ...and back down again!

    The boys' mother Brenda, 46, said: 'I think the whole thing is brilliant.
    'The boys love rabbits so we have always kept them and they have been brought up with them.'
    Both boys have Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism, and working with the rabbits - often for seven hours a day - has helped with their condition.
    Mathew said: 'We are really excited about the finals. We just hope our rabbits don't get stage fright on the day.'


    Reach for the stars: Little Bubbles takes his first leaps... hops.. bounds

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    Top talent: Mathew and Thomas Haslam, 15, have been training 20 rabbits to jump over fences in their back garden. They are hoping the bunnies will win a national pet competition on Saturday

    Pictured: The showjumping rabbits who are 'hop' favourites to win pet talent contest | Mail Online

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    I freakin love bunnies!!! They are so damn cute.
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    Aww, I want one now.
    Rock the fuck on!

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    That is the cutest thing!
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    Oh my that is adorable! I love the look of determination on the face of rabbit 1.

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    Awwww. There's no way I could get mine to do that though. You can't teach an old bun new tricks.

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    And I thought I was lacking a life....

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    so cool. i'm crossing my fingers for them.

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    This is just too cute. I love bunnies.

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    up to 7 hours a day? those poor bunnies!

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    Seven hours divided amongst the 20 rabbits isn't that bad.

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