Operation Happy Bunny – An Easter bunny hunt near you.

 Operation Happy Bunny – An Easter bunny hunt near you.

Operation Happy Bunny is an idea inspired by the “pay it forward” notion.  Also another lovely arts project which encouraged people to leave their favourite paperback on a bench for a complete stranger to enjoy. This Easter, Rufus in his own small way wanted to spread a little “happy”.  Consequently for the last two weeks Rufus has been crazy busy preparing for Operation Happy Bunny (and possibly maybe snaffling chocolate to sustain his energy levels).

Bunny Hunt time!

Through the wonders of Facebook, Rufus’ Mummy friends have gamely volunteered to help 200 limited edition Rufus & Rubie Rabbits make their way around the UK in time for the Easter weekend. As a result, from Good Friday to Easter Monday a bunny could be discovered sitting on a bench in a park or play area or beach near you. If you should be lucky enough to spot a bunny, please scoop them up and give them a home. They are fully house trained, love cuddles and have a particular fondness for carrot cake. Best of all they are forever yours if you find them first.
Of the 200 Rufus Rabbits taking part in this project we have asked two to wait patiently on Rufus’ Facebook & Instagram pages.  Therefore those who might be too small to go on a bunny hunt can still play along! If you’d like to join in the fun virtually then follow Rufus’ pages from Good Friday to Easter Monday and keep ’em peeled to comment on the posts.

Where to find your very own Rufus or Rubie

Finally, here is a list of the areas where you could very well find a happy bunny. Sorry we can’t be more specific at this time but we will update as and when we know more.
Rhosneigr beach, Anglesey Wales
Doddiscombsleigh – North Devon
Highinson Park – Marlow
Jenny Lane Park – Baildon
Moss Yard Caravan Park – Dumfries & Galloway
Cromer Pier – Norfolk
Isle of Wight
Pickering – Yorkshire
Rayleigh & Hockley – Essex
Weybridge Park – Surrey
Bromborough & New Brighton – Wirral
East London
Race Course – Northampton
Tutbury Castle – Staffordshire
Hatton – Derbyshire
and finally, wait for it, in addition to all of these wonderful places … Hong Kong & Dublin, I know, how cool, right!!!!
If you have the time, please do share this project with your friends to help improve the odds on all the bunnies finding homes.  If by chance you are super lucky to find one we’d love to know where and which number bunny you have found.
Have a bunny happy Easter folks
lots of love Rufus Rabbit xxx


  1. That’s brilliant. I’m housebound so I felt sad that I couldn’t join in the hunt but its brilliant that you are also doing a virtual bunny hunt for us unwell peeps.

    Such a lovely idea. Im a huge fan of pay it forward. If I was lucky enough to catch a bunny I would donate it to my local animal rescue to raffle off.

  2. What a fantastic thing to do!!!
    My children both love their Rufus bunnies.
    I hope we get to see some smiles posted by the families that find them.
    Good luck bunny hunters 💖

  3. Nooooo….. None up north, North, Aberdeenshire. Boo! Happy hunting everyone, and such a lovely idea. X

  4. This is such a wonderful idea. Good luck to all participating shame Rufus didnt make it anywhere near his biggest fan who shares the shame name x

  5. Just found rubie rabbit on Darley park whilst walking my dog ,Florence on my daily walk. The number is 175, she now has a new home replacing my other cocker spaniel who has recently passed away with cancer, who’s name ironically was ruby.

  6. Hi.
    We found a beautiful Rufus Rabbit in Darly Park today. Number 218.
    We were all delighted, especially our daughters. What a lovely idea!
    Thank you from Thea and Clara

  7. I found my rubie rabbit In a baby swing when taking my 4 year old nephew to the park this morning, he was very excited to see it!

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