Run, rabbit, run

Lilly the bunny was believed to be one of the heaviest rabbits in Britain when she became one of the first patients to receive help from a new weight clinic set up by animal charity The Blue Cross.

At one and a half stone, the French Lop rabbit was 10lbs overweight and was so heavy that she couldn't walk. And Lilly is not alone. The Blue Cross has revealed that at least 20 per cent of the pets it treats are now overweight, compared to just 10 per cent a decade ago. The charity blames owners feeding their pets high-fat foods, including burgers, curries and pizzas, as well as huge portions of pet food. With the help of a strictly monitored diet and a new home, Lilly is now down to 16lbs, but she'll have to stick to her rigorous exercise routine, which involves hopping around her owners' garden, if she is to get down to her ideal weight of 11lbs.

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