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Sheepherding Rabbit Hops To Fame (Video)

Sheepherding Rabbit Hops To Fame (Video)

An overachieving bunny named Champis has gained international fame for his skills as a gifted sheepherder. The five-year old pet rabbit has more than 700,000 YouTube hits, after a video caught him rounding up a flock of sheep on his owner’s farm.

Paula Lundberg and Dan Westman run a small-scale Border collie breeding and training farm in northern Sweden. Their Border collie “Gimmie” and her puppy “Fame” are often used to train other dogs how to herd sheep.

Apparently Champis was paying close attention to the lessons, as well.

Westman, who shot the video said he was in “awe” when he first saw the little mix-breed bunny running back and forth rounding up the sheep.

“It’s really incredible, itís a herding rabbit,” Westman said. “He rounds them up, and if they get close to escaping through the gate he sometimes stops them.”

Westman said there are very few dogs that can do what Champis does. The sheep actually seem to follow wherever the little rabbit wants them to go.

Westman is amazed the sheep pay attention to Champis although he calls the little guy “a bit of a boss.”

In addition to his sheepherding talents, Champis also saved his favorite hen from a dangerous situation when she got caught in a narrow “feed rack.” Westman believes the bunny is motivated to help the animals on his farm because he lives with them and wants keep everyone together.

 

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2:21PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Haha! When the sheep challenge him, he charges! What an amazing chap!!!

9:39AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:25AM PDT on May 28, 2013

lovely little bunny,thank you for sharing

11:37AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Oh my gosh!!! How cute is this!!

Now, I can't get that song out of my head - "Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run. Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.... (LOL)

8:43PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Loved this video. Such a cute rabbit. He knows he's in charge and so do the sheep.

5:56PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Unbelievable how the bunny boss had such control over his flock of sheep!!! What a cutie!!!!!!!

3:16AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

cute! thanks for sharing :)

3:29PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Awesome.

6:44AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

=) so cute...

9:35PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Wascally wabbitt...

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