Marlon Bundo, the famous rabbit that belonged to the family of former Vice President Mike Pence, has died, the Washington Examiner reports.
The death of Bundo was announced by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, on Instagram on Saturday.
Pence Bond wrote:
Marlon, you came into our lives at just the moment we needed you most. I never could have predicted that a little bunny I found on Craigslist for a college student film would give me the courage to write my first book and be the inspiration for two more, all with the best illustrator I could imagine.
“God knew we’d need this ball of love in our lives and that he’d bring such joy to people all over the world,” she added. “Somehow, he taught me how to always try to be kind first and never stop making an effort to get along.”
As stated in her Instagram post, Pence Bond adopted Bundo for a film project she was working on back in 2013 when she was in college.
Marlon Bundo, of course, sounds a lot like the name of actor Marlon Brando, and that’s no coincidence.
Pence Bond explained that, during an exchange with the rabbit’s former owner, that individual, at one point said, “make me an offer.” Pence Bond said that this reminded her of a movie featuring Brando, and that’s how the rabbit got its name.
A storied life
Marlon Bundo went on to have quite the storied life, which included an Instagram page with over 30,00 followers.
The rabbit became the inspiration for three children’s books that Pence Bond wrote along with her mother, former second lady Karen Pence. Those books — Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Nation’s Capital, and Marlon Bundo’s Best Christmas Ever — raised money for charity.
During Pence’s vice presidency, Bundo became known as the “bunny of the United States.”
“We love you so”
Pence Bond finished her Instagram post off by writing, “Rest in sweet peace, little bunny,” she added. “We love you so. Thank you.”
Long live the memory of Marlon Bundo.