Lunchbox is no stranger to the spotlight. This chonky 23-pound cat earned Internet fame earlier this year. All it took was for the Oklahoma Humane Society to post his pictures to their Facebook page. The world fell in love with the hefty tuxedo cat. And we’ve been following his weight loss journey ever since. Lunchbox still needs to slim down before finding the right home, but in the meantime, he has big plans.
He wants to be the next Cadbury Easter Bunny.
Easter just wouldn’t be the same without mounds of chocolate and the Cadbury Easter Bunny. As the second-largest confectionery company in the world for instance, Cadbury is as much of an Easter tradition as baskets and colored eggs.
The candy company has had a bunny mascot for generations. But in their books, “bunny” leaves room for interpretation. Last year, an English Bulldog named Henri won the title of official Cadbury Easter Bunny. Henri looked adorable in his bunny ears, and this year, Cadbury is at it again.
During the month of February, Cadbury held “try-outs” hoping to find their next famous floppy-eared mascot. They received over 4,000 photos of bunny hopefuls, and they’ve narrowed it down to 10 finalists.
Out of those finalists, there’s a two-legged dog named Lt. Dan, a therapy llama, and a friendly duck named Dilly Bar Dabbler.
And we can’t forget about Lunchbox.
Tipping the scales at a solid 23 pounds, Lunchbox came to the shelter in need of help. The average cat weighs in around 10 pounds, so it was clear this big boy needed to lose weight. In addition, carrying around those extra pounds puts his health at risk and affected his quality of life.
Determined rescuers at Oklahoma Humane Society met with veterinarians to develop an effective weight loss plan. Lunchbox is currently living with a foster, and he’s working hard to get healthy.
He’s also working on his next big goal while he’s working off the pounds. Oklahoma Humane Society said on Facebook,
“Hours of acting classes, private tutoring sessions, and a few off-diet bribe treats have paid off. Lunchbox has been named a finalist in the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts and has a shot at being the Cadbury Bunny in the upcoming Easter commercial!”
To win however, Lunchbox needs to earn more votes than his nine competitors. Fans are encouraged to vote every day until the competition closes on March 18th. The votes will determine the winner, and that lucky bunny will be featured in Cadbury’s Easter commercial and receive a prize of $5,000.
If you’d like to see Lunchbox as the 2020 Cadbury Easter Bunny, vote for him here.