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  Rabbits set to become top UK pets
Updated 10 April 2002, 15.03
A rabbit
Move over Fido and Tiddles, make way for Flopsy and, er, Ferret-face!

Rabbits and ferrets are becoming so popular as pets that dogs and cats could soon find themselves pushed out.

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Researchers at Warwick University say that rabbits used to mostly stay outside in hutches and belong to children.

Ferrets are playful

A ferret enjoying a drink
But they're now so popular with adults as well that the carrot-munchers are sneaking into loads more homes.

And ferrets, which used to be seen as vicious and not really house pets, are now thought of as "playful and intelligent" and even get to come inside!

The researchers think it might have something to do with busy people finding bunnies and ferrets easier to look after than cats and dogs.

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