6 Dozen Bunnies, 1 Tiny Room

69 Rabbits Found in One-Bedroom Apartment

It's Christmastime, not Easter, but the DuPage County Animal Care and Control Center in Wheaton has some rabbits available for adoption -- 69 of them, to be exact.

All of them were found recently in a one-bedroom apartment, the Daily Herald reported.

Officials said the domesticated Dutch rabbits that were discovered during a recent eviction, and the female tenant told animal control workers her financial situation had overwhelmed her.

Authorities would not identify the woman nor the location of her apartment.

Center executive director Kerry Vinkler said all the rabbits but one were in good shape when they were found.

"She was upset about the whole thing, not just losing her rabbits," Vinkler said, the center's executive director. "This was not the typical hoarding situation. She knew it was a problem, but she was caring for the rabbits."

Most of the rabbits are black-and-white, but there are several gray and chocolate-colored bunnies as well as a couple with caramel fur. There's an all-ginger rabbit, too.

"The first thing we did was separate the boys from the girls as quickly as we could because we didn't want to wind up with any more rabbits," Vinkler said.

Vinkler estimates the oldest rabbits to be about 18 months old and says Dutch rabbits have a life span of eight to 12 years.

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