The Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, died on Saturday.
Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, took to Twitter to say goodbye to their beloved pet.
“Marlon, you came into our lives when we needed you most. I never could have predicted that a little bunny I found on Craigslist for a college movie would give me the courage to ‘write my first book and would be the inspiration for two more,” Pence Bond wrote.
Marlon Bunny was the first rabbit to receive the nickname BOTUS, Bunny of the United States. Marlon was also the main character in a children’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of a Vice President”.
Previously: A day in the life of Vice President Pence – through the book of his bunny, Marlon Bundo
The children’s book was written by Charlotte Pence Bond and illustrated by her mother Karen Pence and was one of three they created. The book was meant to share with kids what a day in the life of former Vice President Mike Pence looked like. Marlon Bundo gained popularity and even got his own Instagram account.
Marlon Bundo wasn’t just catching the attention of kids across America. Even before the book was released, comedian and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver revealed a parody version featuring a bunny of the same name. In Oliver’s script, Marlon Bundo sports a bow tie and falls in love with another bunny boy.
Oliver’s book titled “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” was meant to draw attention to Vice President Pence’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights.
Marlon Bundo’s Instagram page had amassed over 34,000 followers over the years and many left kind words for the Bunny and the Pence family.