It’s not uncommon to hear about working animals, like dogs and horses. But have you ever heard of a working rabbit?
A shopper in Eureka Springs, Arkansas was blown away when she entered a small shop and was greeted by a bunny at the checkout register!
She shared a video of her experience on TikTok and it wasn’t long before it went viral.
In the clip, you can see a rabbit sitting up by the register. The shop owner explains that anything you hand to the rabbit, she’ll give it right back to you! “She has a right-to-left system,” he said.
He then demonstrates the rabbit’s working abilities by handing the bunny a pen, receipt, and checkout bag to pass to the customer. The sweet rabbit executes the tasks flawlessly.
Needless to say, the customer was quite impressed. Check out the TikTok video below:
As it turns out, the rabbit is one of several who works in the downtown district of Eureka Springs in a shop called “East By West.” The rabbits are called the “Eureka Springs Working Bunnies” because of their unique positions in the store.
According to the Eureka Springs Working Bunnies website, the shop’s owner was given 3 bunnies that were purchased for meat at an auction. He didn’t want to eat them, and instead, kept them as pets.
He said, “Not having much experience with rabbits, I would take them to work with me to learn, interact and play with them.” Eventually, he noticed something interesting. The bunnies would pull merchandise from a display counter and fling it outward. He said, “Ever since that time, we’ve had bunnies at both locations to help with customers purchases.”
Over the years, the shop has welcomed more bunnies into the family. Most of the rabbits are rescued or adopted from Arkansas Pet Rabbit Network out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
In addition to rescuing rabbits and giving them jobs at the East By West store, the shop owner also hopes to raise awareness about rabbits and how much work, love, and companionship they require. So many people buy pet rabbits and put them in tiny cages, neglecting their needs entirely. Rabbits can make great pets, but they’re not for everyone and they’re definitely not “easy” pets that require little care or work.Whizzco