Most see rabbits as cute, fluffy, bouncy animals that can brighten any child's day.

They also have a killer bite.

A 2-year-old St. Charles girl is recuperating today after her pet rabbit bit her last week, severing her right index finger at the knuckle.

Although such injuries by rabbits are very rare, animal experts say the incident points up the need for safety around rabbits, especially with Easter and Peter Cottontail fast approaching.

"We get complacent with them because we think of them like an Easter Bunny thing. They look cute," said Mark Wachner, Saginaw County Animal Care Center director. "But they can be aggressive. They can lay a pretty nasty bite on you, like a giant hamster."

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