Hiking bunny in NH turning heads on the trail and on TikTok – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

Chelsea Eason and her Mini Rex rabbit, Moose, have been hiking up New Hampshire peaks since 2019 and have no plans of slowing down.

NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA — Hikers are used to seeing dogs up on a mountain, but this story is the tale of the trail and the hare. 

“You ready to go?” Chelsea Eason asked as she slowly pried her nine-pound Mini Rex rabbit named Moose out of her backpack. 

Moose, also known as littlemountainbunny on Instagram, is named after the first mountain she hiked: Mount Moosilauke. At the young age of just three-and-a-half, Moose has already summited New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 footers. 

When Eason moved to the Sunapee region of New Hampshire several years ago and wanted to explore, she started hiking, but quickly realized she wanted to share the trail with someone. Turns out a rabbit was the perfect partner. 

“I have always been a weird kid,” Eason explained. 

When she was young, Eason would ride around her neighborhood on her bike with her pet bunny in a basket. 

“I have never seen rabbits as a stationary pet or to be kept in a cage,” Eason added.

In 2019, Eason took Moose on her first hike and they were both hooked. 

“I was like, ‘I guess she is a hiking rabbit,'” Eason chuckled.

Hiking with a nine-pound rabbit is never just a straight shoot up the trail. Moose’s pace alternates between sprinting and complete halts to nibble on goodies she finds, to clean her coat, or to just take a break. (Aesop’s fable was spot on).

When she’s had enough, Moose catches a lift inside Eason’s backpack. Typically, Eason says, Moose hikes around two miles of any given trail the pair have hiked. 

“I swear, her favorite part is eating twigs along the trail — like maintenance I guess,” Eason chuckled. 

Fellow hikers who encounter her on the trail find it a bit “hare-raising,” but reactions online, specifically on TikTok, have blown Eason away. 

Attention on TikTok happened almost by accident. Eason had so much video footage of Moose she decided to download the app and post a few clips. Moose gained popularity almost overnight.

“My phone was blowing up. The videos were all over the …….

Source: https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/hiking-bunny-in-nh-turning-heads-on-the-trail-and-on-tiktok-viral-outdoors/97-c39528fb-e923-4c1a-9a3a-587b49036390

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