Marlon Bundo: Pence family’s bunny dies
Bundo, who journeyed from a Craigslist rabbit to the Naval Observatory, was the inspiration behind multiple children’s books written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by her mother, then-second lady Karen Pence, with a portion of the proceeds supporting A21, a non-profit combating human trafficking, and Tracey’s Kids, an art therapy program for pediatric cancer patients.
“I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery,” Pence said at the time. “We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it.”
Known affectionately as BOTUS, Bunny of the United States, Bundo first captured the nation’s attention when he arrived in Washington, along with a menagerie of other Pence family pets, in January 2017, from Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Don’t clap,” Karen Pence told attendees as she clutched the rabbit. “He’ll jump.”
An official transcript of the official White House event included, “(The bunny is admired.)”