EL PASO, TEXAS - With Easter around the corner, one local rescue group is hoping to educate the public on the responsibility of buying chicks and bunnies for Easter.
According to Stick House Sanctuary, a feathered farm organization, the novelty of those animals is at a high during Easter and usually fades two weeks after- when the bunnies and chicks outgrow their fuzzy, cuteness.
"Kids see the colored babies, they think oh they are going to stay like that for the rest of their life," says Jaime Morales, who is part of the rescue group.
Many of the ducks and chickens at Stick House Sanctuary have been rescued from abandonment, according to the group, who has been called to rescue the animals from lakes and even parking lots.
"There is a tendency to take the baby ducks and put them in local ponds or public places throughout the city," says Morales.
He believes that is due to the responsibility and maintenance that comes with keeping chicks and bunnies. "It's very very different than a kitten or a puppy," says Morales. "They need a heat lamp and a proper diet."
In addition to that, Morales says they can cause health risks at home. "Baby chicks do carry Salmonella and that exposure to children, especially if they want to carry it around, is very high."
Stick House Sanctuary recommends that if you do not know how to care for these animals and do not plan on keeping them forever, to not buy them. "If anyone is going to give a live animal as a gift, they have to really think it out and make sure that that person is aware of the responsibilities that go with that animal," says Morales.
Morales also asks people to keep in mind that buying more than one bunny could lead to multiple bunnies as they quickly reproduce.
If buying a bunny still seems tempting, the group suggests a different alternative: "If you are going to buy a bunny, chocolate bunnies are pretty good. You can nibble on it and put it back in the fridge," says Morales.