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Two-nosed rabbit found in Connecticut pet store

April 1, 2009 |  3:25 pm

Two-nosed dwarf rabbit found in Connecticut pet storeUnsuspecting Milford, Conn., pet store employee Allison Noe made a strange discovery when receiving a delivery of 6-week-old dwarf rabbits last week.

One of the rabbits had two noses.

The baby, according to Purr-Fect Pets store owner Tom Fomenko Sr., can eat, drink and hop about just the same as its littermates.  "In my 25 years in the pet shop business, I've never had anything like this," Fomenko told the Connecticut Post.

Staff at Purr-Fect Pets are holding a naming contest for the rabbit (among the nominees are "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Deuce").  But some employees say they've grown attached and hope he won't be sold.

Gregg Dancho, director of the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Conn., suggested that the two-nosed, four-nostriled bunny could owe his deformity to inbreeding -- or perhaps his parents were exposed to poisons or pesticides. 

Close-up shot of the double-nosed wonder after the jump.  (And if you're wondering, this is not an April Fools' Day joke.  It's a real, live, weird rabbit.)

Two-nosed dwarf rabbit found in Connecticut pet store

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Purr-Fect Pets employee Iris Bergeron holds the two-nosed rabbit. Credit: Brian A. Pounds / Associated Press.

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