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Take care of Easter-themed pets

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YAKIMA--Easter-themed animals, like bunnies and chicks, can be popular presents at this time of year.  They're also a lot of work.

Big R Farm and Ranch in Yakima gave away 500 free chicks as part of a Saturday promotion, but they sold plenty more than that.

It may seem nice to have a cute bunny or baby chick on Easter Sunday, but they must be taken care of.

"These are babies and they're real susceptible to heat and cold," Roc Hurt, Big R Farm and Ranch, said.  "We need to control their environment as far as temperature-wise.

KNDO called the Yakima Humane Society and a pet store, who said they will not accept unwanted bunnies or chicks.

Hurt said Big R is selling many more chicks than in years past because people are raising them for eggs and meat.

He can't remember anyone ever trying to return an animal.