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Considering getting a small pet that's more exotic than a cat or a dog? Learn the pros and cons of owning a rabbit, a teacup pig, an iguana, a gecko, or a guinea pig from the owners of the Squeals on Wheels traveling pet zoo in these videos.
Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us. Rabbits are a wonderful pet for families, adults and children. They have a very calming influence on families. They're a very sweet and very affectionate little animal. When they're happy, they're very expressive. They will run across the room and leap up in the air and twist around. That's called a little binky, so if your rabbit does a binky, then you know it's really having a grand time. They are a low maintenance pet in that they need, of course, a cage and hay and vegetables and rabbit pellets and fresh water and a few other items, but they're not ones that you need to take outside when you really don't feel like going outside in inclement or snowy or cold weather to walk them because they can be litter box trained. Rabbits may live up to ten years of age dependent upon the breed, so it's a significant commitment and responsibility to adopt or purchase a rabbit. If you're buying one for your children and if they lose interest you want to make sure the family understands you still have a commitment to that little bunny which may last quite a few years. And of course not all bunnies like to be picked up. They are prey animals and when something leans over 'em and then picks 'em up that can be a little scary for 'em. And it's always best to adopt or purchase from a breeder. A bunny that has been handled, fed, and socialized and handled from birth, so that you have a calm and docile and nicely tempered animal brought into your home.