60 rabbits in a house

60 rabbits in a house
Ms Jackie Fang (right) and rescue group Bunny Wonderland volunteer Lynne Tan (left) with some of the 60 rabbits living with Ms Fang.

SINGAPORE - Ms Jackie Fang has 60 rabbits living with her in her rented semi-detached house in Upper Thomson. At one point, she had 100.

Almost all of them have individual play pens and were either bounding about or chomping down hay when Life! visited her at home.

"I can't explain why I'm drawn to rabbits. I just love them. Perhaps it is because I was born in the Year of the Rabbit," she says, grinning.

A typical day sees her waking up at 6am, to chop up fresh vegetables for the animals, clear their litter trays and make her rounds to see how each rabbit is faring. She returns home from work usually by 6pm to do the second feeding.

Her weekends usually see her running errands for her bunnies, such as buying items for them and grooming them. "I don't think I have any weekends to myself," she says.

She spends about $4,000 monthly on the rabbits' bedding, hay and other necessities. By her estimation, she has also spent more than $100,000 on their medical bills.

"I'm at the vet almost every day because one rabbit or another requires attention," she says.

Despite the great number of rabbits she has at home, do not call her a hoarder.

"I see myself as a bunny rescuer. I take in abandoned, sick and handicapped rabbits, and I nurse them, rehabilitate them and try to re-home them," says Ms Fang, 50, a director in an oil and gas firm.

She rescued her first rabbit 12 years ago and has not looked back since. More than 200 rabbits have come under her care to date. Last year, she and seven others came together to set up Bunny Wonderland, a private rabbit rescue group.

Of the 60 she now has, about 15 are healthy and Bunny Wonderland is looking for homes for them. Another 15 are young bunnies that were either abandoned or given to them by owners who could no longer manage, and need to be trained and sterilised before they can be adopted.

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