We Need To Talk About Vice President Mike Pence's Pet Bunny's Instagram

by John Haltiwanger
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Vice President Mike Pence has a pet rabbit named "Marlon Bundo."

No, this is not FAKE NEWS, or an alternative fact.

It's real, factual, information about the Vice President of the United States.

The rabbit made its first White House appearance on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Pence's rabbit also has its own Instagram page (and it's verified).

He hopped onto social media in late January.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Marlon Bundo has nearly 7,000 followers.

The bunny with the clever name even has as a personality in the Instagram captions.

For example, take a look at Bundo's first post (below), which says "Had a productive first day as #botus working hard to #makeamericagreatagain!"

Meet "#BOTUS."

Yep, you guess it, that stands for "Bunny of the United States."


Amazing. Truly innovative. They've revolutionized the hashtag. But don't tell the Donald, he might get jealous.

This bunny is apparently working his ass off.

It's not easy being a social media star.

Mike Pence has opposed gay marriage, but apparently he's OK with these two animals, who happen to be different species, getting romantic.

How tolerant of him.

It appears Pence leaves Marlon Bundo at home when traveling.

This bunny basically has its own action figure.

Well, most of the time, at least.

Here's Marlon Bundo on a plane.

It looks like Pence has at least two cats in addition to Marlon Bundo.

The cats, named Oreo and Pickle, do not appear to have their own Instagram accounts. Sad!

It seems even men like Pence, who has supported policies criticized for hurting rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community, have some redeemable qualities.

Marlon Bundo -- and Pence's apparent affection for animals in general -- makes the vice president feel slightly more human. The keyword here is "slightly."

With that said, this also seems like a good time to remind everyone President Donald Trump has no pets. In fact, he's the first president in 150 years who doesn't have a pet, according to The Washington Post.

This isn't that shocking, considering he's the father of trophy hunters and in April signed legislation lifting a ban on hunting bears and wolves from airplanes in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

In other words, based on the president's behavior, he arguably doesn't care much for animals.

Perhaps he should invite Marlon Bundo down to Mar-a-Lago some weekend. The little guy might grow on him.

Citations: Marlon Bundo (Instagram)