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Marlon Bundo – the Pence family’s pet rabbit dubbed BOTUS who inspired two children’s books – dies 

Marlon Bundo, the Pence family’s pet rabbit who inspired multiple children’s books, has died.   

The sad news was announced on Saturday by former Vice President Mike Pence‘s daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, on Twitter

The bunny shot to fame when it became the main character in Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of a Vice President – written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen and published in 2018. It aimed to teach children about the role of the VP by showing a day in his life through the eyes of BOTUS as he ‘hops after ‘Grampa’ (Mike Pence)’. 

Bundo even had his own Instagram account and earned the nickname BOTUS – or Bunny of the United States – during Pence’s term as Vice President. 

The Pences released another book featuring Marlon’s adventures, entitled Best Christmas Ever in October 2019. 

Marlon was also featured in Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver’s parody book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.

Marlon Bundo, the Pence’s family pet rabbit who inspired multiple children’s books, has died. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence hold Marlon Bundo during and event with military families celebrating National Military Appreciation Month in 2017

Bundo even had his own Instagram account and earned the nickname BOUS - or Bunny of the United States - during Pence's term as Vice President

Bundo even had his own Instagram account and earned the nickname BOUS – or Bunny of the United States – during Pence’s term as Vice President

The book takes aim at Pence’s staunch opposition to same-sex marriage with a story about Bundo falling in love with a ‘boy rabbit’. 

Bundo, who wears a bowtie, and his boyfriend Wesley, face opposition from a stink bug who is against same-sex marriage. 

The proceeds of the book were donated to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for young LGBTQ people, and AIDS United. 

Meanwhile, Pences’ book profits went to an anti sex trafficking charity. 

The bunny shot to fame when it became the main character in Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of a Vice President - written by Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen and published in 2018

The bunny shot to fame when it became the main character in Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of a Vice President – written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen and published in 2018

In response to Pence's books, Last Week Tonight's John Oliver published a parody book entitled 'A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,' which featured Bundo falling in love with a 'boy rabbit'

In response to Pence’s books, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver published a parody book entitled ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,’ which featured Bundo falling in love with a ‘boy rabbit’

The Pences released another book featuring Marlon's adventures, entitled Best Christmas Ever in October 2019

The Pences released another book featuring Marlon’s adventures, entitled Best Christmas Ever in October 2019 

On Monday, Charlotte Pence, who first got Marlon Bundo for a college student film, announced his death on Twitter.

‘Marlon, God brought you to us right when we needed you most,’ she wrote.

‘Somehow, you taught me how to always try to be kind first and never stop making an effort to get along. We had some wild times together and I’m forever grateful. Rest in sweet peace, little bunny. We love you so. Thank you,’ Bond wrote in a heartfelt post. 

She also shared pictures of some of the highlights in Marlon’s highly social life. 

‘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,’ Pence’s daughter wrote about her bunny on Twitter. 

Marlon gained more than 34,000 Instagram followers throughout the years, with many of his fans expressing their condolences after the bunny’s death.   

Former Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, said in 2018 that Marlon was the ‘first bunny to ever ride on Air Force Two,’ at an event where the excited children of military workers met the Vice President and got a chance to pet Marlon. 

Mike Pence, daughter Charlotte and wife Karen with their family pet bunny Marlon Bundo

Mike Pence, daughter Charlotte and wife Karen with their family pet bunny Marlon Bundo 

The bunny was named after Marlon Brando and was found by Charlotte Pence Bond on Craigslist when she was looking for a bunny for a college film

The bunny was named after Marlon Brando and was found by Charlotte Pence Bond on Craigslist when she was looking for a bunny for a college film

The sad news was announced on Saturday by former Vice President Mike Pence's daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, on Twitter

The sad news was announced on Saturday by former Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, on Twitter

Marlon Bundo met many celebrities, including Whoppi Goldberg

Marlon Bundo met many celebrities, including Whoppi Goldberg 

Karen Pence, wife Vice President Mike Pence, arrives with their family rabbit 'Marlon Bundo' during and event with military families celebrating National Military Appreciation Month

Karen Pence, wife Vice President Mike Pence, arrives with their family rabbit ‘Marlon Bundo’ during and event with military families celebrating National Military Appreciation Month

Charlotte Pence Bond hands Marlon Brando to The View host Joy Behar during a 2018 segment

Charlotte Pence Bond hands Marlon Brando to The View host Joy Behar during a 2018 segment

Pence family pet bunny Marlon Bundo signs his book deal

Pence family pet bunny Marlon Bundo signs his book deal 

‘So this is Marlon Bundo and Marlon has his own Instagram account, @MarlonBundo,’ Karen Pence said at the time. ‘And he is what we call BOTUS. He is the Bunny of the United States.’   

She also explained that the family rabbit was named after Marlon Brando.

‘Because my daughter got him when she was making a movie in college and she needed a bunny to be the star,’ Pence explained. ‘So this notoriety is nothing new to him.’ 

Charlotte Pence was a student at Chicago’s DePaul University in 2013 when she found Marlon on Craigslist. 

She was looking for a pet to star in a short film for one of her classes, The Chicago Tribune reported. 

When the seller asked her to make an offer on the rabbit, she decided to name him Marlon Bundo in reference to Marlon Brando’s Don Vito Corleone saying ‘I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,’ in the 1972 film The Godfather.  


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