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Nigerians turn to rabbits for consolation during coronavirus lockdown

LAGOS Sandra Dozie has got a wooly new friend to keep her company while in the large laborous lots of hours involved in lockdown enforced in to cut back the development of the coronavirus – a four-month old horse identified as Coco.

“My family and I got bored of just being alone at home, so we wanted someone that will be there to play with and mess around with,” said Dozie, 31, as this lady a little fingered Coco’s caucasian and blue fur.

Dozie, where day jobs stop working a week ago due to the pandemic, turned out to be speaking throughout the ceiling veranda or her focus Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial assets and home to 20 (twenty) m people, but the usually buzzing, strident avenues below are jarringly quiet.

Nigeria has reported 190 found history of the coronavirus so far, 98 of them in Lagos, the place where a lockdown has actually been stipulated, pushing lots of to live house.

But the lockdown has gone through a heart lining for Akinjo Joshua, manager of web store Hopsville Farm, who holds identified income excel as Nigerians request relaxation and comradeship from delightful, downy family’s pets.

“People want to stay with something they can reckon with,” Joshua said. “The horse an intelligent pets helps this arena.”

His shop has up to 20 species of rabbit and they sell for 10,000 naira ($28) to 30,000 naira ($83). Though Joshua halted deliveries earlier this week, he made more than 100 sales in the previous month – well above typical sales of up to 20.

However, animal rights group PETA warned prospective rabbit owners that they are complex creatures with special needs and that buying one is not a decision they should take lightly.

“Bringing a bunnie or another raccoon in your home will be a obligation for life, beyond lockdown,” said PETA director Elisa Allen.

“PETA hopes Lagos doesn’t see a rise in the whole multitude of ignored bunnies once lockdown is finished, since we find after Easter.”

Rabbits are the third-most abandoned animals, PETA said, as families discover that their fluffy pets have many needs.

Dozie was unfazed as she offered a carrot to Coco and let her hop around her rooftop terrace: “I love her much.”