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article imageSheep-herding rabbit video becomes a YouTube hit

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Feb 3, 2012 in Odd News
A Swedish rabbit has become a hit with YouTube viewers worldwide after a video displaying his impressive sheep-herding skills was posted online.
Champis, the five-year old pet rabbit owned by the Vigren family in the village of Kal in northern Sweden has become an online sensation, garnering over 740,000 YouTube views in a week. It seems that the pet bunny picked up the skill after watching trained dogs do the job.
The clip, posted in a blog shows a persistent Champis running back and forth on the farm, trying to keep his master's sheep together. According to Dan Westman, a sheepdog breeder who shot and posted the video of his friends’ rabbit , he was in awe when he first witnessed the phenomenon. said:
It’s really incredible, it’s a herding rabbit, he said. He rounds them up, and if they get close to escaping through the gate he sometimes stops them. I mean I work with sheepdogs and know how hard this is. There are very few dogs that could do what this rabbit does. He's probably picked some of it up from watching the dogs, I mean he's doing what they do, but then again, he's a bit of a boss out there and lives with the other animals so maybe he just wants to keep them together.
Champis is a dwarf-rabbit, a European breed of bunny, smaller than a typical Swedish wild rabbit. Despite his tiny size, the sheep seem to pay their minder a world of respect in the video.
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