A GIANT rabbit is set to make an early appearance for Easter at Cannon Hall farm in Cawthorne.

The 24lb Continental Giant is called Beauty and farm staff hope she will wow the crowds during the school holiday period.

Beauty, who has no partner as yet, was bought from a championship rabbit show for £80.

Farmer David Nicholson said she was being fed on a diet of carrots and a few greens.

And she is hoping to retain her feminine curves for when a friend is found for her.

Beauty may be large, but she has some way to go to become a record-breaker.

Continental Giants can live for up to 12 years and there have been cases of rabbits growing to more than 34lb. The breed is popular across Europe and regularly appear at rabbit shows.

Fluffy chicks are also delighting visitors to Cannon Hall Farm.

The clutches of a variety of breeds have just hatched out.

Mr Nicholson said the eggs hatched out after 21 days in an incubator. He said another clutch was due on Easter Saturday.

The farm is open every day except Christmas Day between 10.30am and 4.30pm.