This year’s Cadbury Easter Bunny is actually a frog named Betty
This year the Cadbury Easter Bunny is awesome as a toad! Meet Betty, an Australian white tree frog and this year’s winner of the 3rd Annual Cadbury Rabbit Trials. Betty is the first amphibian in the competition to win the title, as well as the smallest winner to date and the first female!
“When Betty heard about the opportunity to be this year’s Cadbury Bunny, she knew she had to give it a try,” the intro video on Cadbury’s website said. “Betty knows what it’s like to be different and she would love the chance to show everyone that our differences are what make us who we are and that they are something we can be proud of. .”
Betty, who currently resides in Orlando, Florida, is less than a year old, which means she is celebrating her first Easter. Beating other worthy contenders from across the country, Betty walks away with a cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to star in the 2021 Cadbury Clucking Bunny commercial. Cadbury will also be donating $15,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in honor of the contest. It’s quite an unforgettable victory!
There was some pretty fierce competition for this year’s title. Betty beat several adorable mammals, including dogs, a cat, an alpaca, and yes, even a rabbit.
It seems that social media users have rallied strongly for Betty.
“We need a reptile to represent!” posted a fan. “If it’s not a turtle, then a frog is a great choice”
“If you watch the videos, Betty wins hands down,” one commenter wrote, referring to the audition videos. “His is really the best.”
“I wish they could all win,” wrote one animal lover. But as we know, when it comes to the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts, there can only be one winner, and this year it’s a real croaker!
Betty has some big shoes to fill when it comes to her new role as Cadbury Bunny – well, two shoes in fact. Last year’s winner, Lt. Dan, was an adorable two-legged hunting dog from Richmond, Ohio who took his bunny duties very seriously. The rescue pup was born with a defect that required his tail and hind legs to be amputated, and he uses a wheelchair. Just as Lt. Dan inspired everyone he met and brought tons of Easter cheer, Betty is sure to “work her way” into our hearts and Easter baskets.
“Betty has been a great addition to our home and we are so happy to be able to share her with the rest of the world!” said Kaitlyn V., Betty’s owner said in a Hershey press release. “She was a wonderful companion in college and with the support of my friends, family and the amphibian community, I know she will make Cadbury proud by inheriting the bunny ears.”
With over 12,000 registrations nationwide, Betty really has reason to celebrate her new title. Together, the Cadbury team judges and guest judge, Lt. Dan, narrowed down the contestants to 10 finalists, including a frog, a donkey, a miniature horse and a goat. For the second year in a row the winner was also chosen by America and this year Betty was the fan favorite.
“Thank you to all of our amazing finalists in this year’s Cadbury Bunny Tryouts and congratulations to Betty the Frog, our newest Cadbury Bunny!” said Trevor Jakubek, Senior Associate Brand Manager, Cadbury Brand Team. “We are delighted to pass her the coveted ears and know she will make a great addition to our Cadbury Bunny hall of fame.”