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The Doclopedia #1,309

Famous Bunnies: Miss Twiddles

In the fall of 1950, the BBC debuted a 15 minute program called “Miss Twiddles Reads To You”, which featured a white female rabbit wearing glasses. Every weekday at 4:00 pm, Miss Twiddles would hop out onto a pillow and read from a children’s book propped up in front of her. Pictures from the book would be shown on the screen and when it was all over, Miss Twiddles would say “Well, wasn’t that a fine story? I will see you tomorrow, my friends, with another story.”

Generations of children have watched and loved Miss Twiddles. The program has won hundreds of awards and is now seen in 23 countries. No less than three documentaries about it have run on the BBC. It is an institution.

But Miss Twiddles has a secret.

The Miss Twiddles children see today is the exact same rabbit that premiered the show in 1950.

Miss Twiddles was actually born in a secret British laboratory outside Bristol in May of 1944. The only one of her litter to survive, she was eventually proven to have an exceptionally high resistance to all known pathogens. She also seems to have a near immunity to venoms and poisons. She also ages very slowly. As of 2016, she is 72 years old, but appears to be only in the early stages of bunny old age.

How did she come to be on a children’s show where everyone except her human handler, Lucy Halford, thinks she is merely one in a series of white female rabbits? The truth is, nobody knows. There is no record of her in the sealed documents from the lab and none of the scientists who worked there are still alive. Lucy only knows that she inherited Miss Twiddles from her uncle when he retired in 1995. She knows that the bunny is not normal, but she never feels the need to tell anybody. She just pretends that there is a replacement rabbit every 6 or 7 years.

Miss Twiddles is entering her twilight years and probably won’t survive more than another 25 years. If she could actually speak, she would probably say she is okay with that.


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