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Published March 29, 2013, 08:22 PM

Easter candy may be a thing of the past

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Most of us can remember as a child, waking up on Easter to a basket full of goodies.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Most of us can remember as a child, waking up on Easter to a basket full of goodies.

Now, instead of just candy, some parents are surprising their children with something more lively.

The days of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks may be a thing of the past. Parents are now hopping into a new trend...buying the real thing.

Brittny Thompson, at Pets R' Inn says, "If they come in and say oh we want to buy a bunny for Easter, we will tell them no."

Pets R' Inn sales associate Brittny Thompson says at the store they purposely have fewer rabbits for sale around the Easter Holiday.

Thompson says, "We don't want a lot of people impulse buying bunnies just for Easter just for their daughter or son. I know there are good people who will take care of the bunny if they buy it for their daughter or sun, but we try to keep the supply a little bit lower."

And what some people don't realize is owning one of these take the same amount of care and time as owning one of these.

Thompson says, "They can't just be caged up their whole life, they like to come out, be socialized, like to be held, pet, hop around your house. They can be litter box trained so they can be a really good companion. A lot of people do buy bunnies and it seems like they just get left in the cage."

The cost for the animal doesn't stop at supplies like food, bedding, and a cage. Rabbits are prone to health problems dogs and cats aren't. So the fuzzy friend you paid 30 dollars for could end up costing you hundreds.

Dr. Kevin Dill, a Veterinarian at Animal Health Clinic says, "Rabbits in particular are very prone to teeth issues."

Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Dill says buying a pet should never be a spontaneous thing, and if you're thinking about buying a chick you should think twice.

Dill says, "They're a livestock animal, they aren't something that are intended to be in someone's home, they can't be house broken."

The F-M area doesn't have a good support structure for unwanted animals such as bunnies or chicks, so most of them end up at the pound to be euthanized. Both Thompson and Dill hope this Easter you'll stick to animals that are stuffed or made of chocolate.

Rabbits can live up to 10 years, and chicks can live into their teens.