The March 18 edition of Newsday carried a photo of an adorable bunny ["What's up, doc?" News].

The smile on my face quickly disappeared as I thought of all the bunnies purchased as Easter gifts, only to be abandoned or surrendered to shelters in the subsequent weeks. Rabbits make wonderful pets if you are willing to make a 10-year commitment. They are social and fun, but they are not low maintenance.

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Rabbits do not like to be held or cuddled, so they are not always the best choice for small children. I say, "Make mine chocolate."

Janet Briganti, Bohemia

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit rescue organization.