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Meet Barley, WVU’s unofficial therapy rabbit


​​West Virginia University’s newest celebrity weighs just 11 pounds and 23 inches from nose to tail. Barley, a Flemish Giant rabbit, has been bringing joy to students on his walks around campus with his father, Alex Smith.

Smith, a senior double major in wildlife and fisheries and horticulture, said he fell in love with Barley “almost immediately” when they met at an animal shelter just over a year ago.

“I walked by his cage, and he came right up to the bars, stuck his nose out and wanted pet,” Smith said. “So it really was love at first sight. It was almost like he chose me.”

Smith and Barley frequently go on walks around campus, visiting Woodburn Circle, Towers and the Core Arboretum.

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