Chicks and rabbits are popular gifts at Easter time but do your research

LEWISTON, ID - Easter time often goes hand in hand with chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts.

But as Sophia Miraglio's learns, there's a new tradition hopping into the number one spot this Easter, one that you might want to think twice about.

During this time of year we wait for April showers to bring us May flowers, but for little ones they wait for the arrival of the Easter bunny and kids these days want the real thing.

"You really see around Easter time, everyone is searching for rabbits," said Bob's Pet and Pond Manager, Chris Ullrich. "We get calls every day, one week two weeks before Easter. Can you order me in three rabbit's?

But before purchasing you really should consider if your child is ready for the commitment .

"Rabbits can live on average, seems like a broad span, anywhere from five to 14 years," said Ullrich. "Average is about seven to eight."

The recommended age for kids to have a rabbit is 9 and older.

"It's not just something you want if you have little, little kids," said rabbit owner, Anita Hlebichuk. "Because they want to hold and squeeze and they pull on ears. And the rabbits are not gonna like that so the kids are either going to get scratched or bit. Or they can actually squeeze the bunny to hard and actually hurt it."

Each year animal rescue organizations see an influx of abandoned animals as baby bunnies and chicks are bought as gifts then later dumped on the side of the road or taken to shelter.

"People, yeah that don't realize what they're getting into do have a tendency to, Awww I bought this real cute Easter bunny and it just didn't work out in my house," said Ullrich.

"This is a Holland lop," said Hlebichuk. "She is actually one that came back because they couldn't take care of her."

Chicks and ducklings are also popular presents this time of year. And while they're absolutely adorable, just like the bunny, these little guys take quite a big commitment.

"They take a lot of care and they're a lot of work they need to be fed everyday and they need to be cleaned up everyday," said Big R Assistant Manager, Steve Spindler. "There's a lot of maintenance to them but they're cute little animals."

And while they're definitely cute these birds are domesticated animals.

"They should be released out in the wild they should be as a pet," said Spindler. "But they could be if they escaped."

The best advice for those on the fence about buying a pet this Easter, do your research.

Research is a big factor in any animal that you get. Easter bunnies are cute, but there's other animals that would be more appropriate for somebody that just doesn't want to take time basically everyday."

So if your not up to everyday care maybe this year stick with the marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies.

"Wishing you all a happy Easter," said Miraglio.

If for whatever reason your Easter pet doesn't work out, you're encouraged to find another home or shelter for the animal. Often times domesticated animals, especially rabbits will die if left outside uncared for.