2-Legged Dog Lieutenant Dan Wins Cadbury’s Easter Bunny Contest

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
And the winner is Lieutenant Dan! That’s right, an adorable, two-legged dog has claimed his spot as Cadbury’s official Easter Bunny, and is the winner of their 2020 Cadbury Bunny Tryouts!

Not long ago, we told you about an adorable 2-legged coonhound’s quest to become the next Easter Bunny as part of Cadbury Egg’s 2020 Cadbury Bunny Tryouts. Lieutenant Dan, from Richmond, Ohio, stole our hearts and then went on to steal the hearts of the country as they voted him in to be Top Bunny.

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This 🐰 is the newest Cadbury Clucking Bunny!!! ❤️🐾❤️🐾. We can not thank everyone enough for all of your support through this process! It has been amazing and we are all so excited and proud of our Lieutenant Dan! @cadburyusa . .

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Lieutenant Dan was born with a defect that caused his hind limbs and tail to be deformed. His hind legs couldn’t be corrected, and they were amputated so they didn’t cause him any additional pain.

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But don’t feel sorry for good old Lieutenant Dan! He lives life to the fullest! H keeps his family in stitches with his hilarious personality and antics. He loves a good swim, wrestle or run just like other dogs, and he’s inspiration in fur!

Seriously! Just watch him practice his ‘Easter Bunny’ skills!

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Daily voting reminder! Mom says she had to post my first introduction to the decorative eggs. I just thought they were all toys for me!! **Voting link in bio** . @cadburyusa

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Ethan Mandel is with Cadbury’s Brand team. Mandel said that Lieutenant Dan is the epitome of passion, energy and inspiration. Mandel also said that Lieutenant Dan shows that adversity CAN BE overcome!

Over 4,000 animals were entered in the contest to be Cadbury’s Easter Bunny in this, their second annual Cadbury Bunny Tryouts. Cadbury had some help narrowing the finalists down–Insta influencer Jiffpom joined and selected the 10 finalists, which included a duck, a mini horse and a llama! The competition was fur-ierce!

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Leaderboard update! We have one more week of voting everyone! The link is in my bio! . . . @cadburyusa #who

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Laura Person is Lieutenant Dan’s human. She said her family was thrilled that America loves Lieutenant Dan as much as their family does, and they’re thrilled he’ll be the next Cadbury Bunny!

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This crazy 🐰 is headed to bed after a very exciting day!! Thank you for all the sweet comments and messages ❤️🐾

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As the winner, Lieutenant Dan will get $5,000 and in his honor, Cadbury has donated $10,000 to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Congratulations, Lieutenant Dan! We can’t wait to see your clucking on the screen!

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