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Show-jumping bunnies steal the show

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Competition is heating up ahead of the London Olympics and not only among us humans. This weekend saw a series of rabbits compete in a nail-biting show jump contest at the London Pet Show 2012. The unlikely event saw bunnies of all shapes and sizes congregate to strut their stuff in the leaping stakes - some rather more convincingly than others. As well as the rabbit jump-off, the show also featured sleeping baby hedgehogs, Union Jack-clad dogs and a host of other cute-looking animals who gathered to hang out and generally look adorable. Enjoy all the highlights below (warning: may induce random 'aahing')...

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Picture credit: Rex Features

  • London Pet Show 2012

    This rabbit may not look so athletic but it's going for gold in the tensely-fought show jumping event.

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    The competition is serious as another giant thumper gets in on the act.

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    A sleek-looking black rabbit makes it over the high jump with easy finesse.

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    Fluffy the boxer dog is decked out in the best of British.

  • London Pet Show 2012

    A sleeping baby hedgehog definitely wins marks in the cute stakes.

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    Billy Bones, the sphynx cat from Moscow, wears his wrinkles with pride.

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    A guinea pig brings a touch of festival chic to proceedings by snuggling up in a sleeping bag.

  • London Pet Show 2012

    This fine-looking poodle is preened and poised to perfection.

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    Borisz the snowshoe breed cat radiates an air of quiet confidence.

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    The Quack Pack duck herding demonstration is a clear highlight of the show.

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    A sleeping greyhound staves off the chill with a rather dashing Union Jack coat.

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    This miniature schnauzer works his charm on the cameras.

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    Calamity the agouti rat finds the ideal nesting spot on the shoulder of one of its (many) fans.

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    Pets of all descriptions can bling up their look with a series of luxury accessories on offer at the show.

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    There's also a delicious-looking selection of dog bones in case any of the pooches get peckish.

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