Eclectic musician Beck has been forced to axe a competition in which fans could have won his pet rabbit.

The singer offered supporters and animal lovers the chance to win ROCKET by writing an essay on why they should be allowed to give him a new home.

But the competition - which was intended to mark the release of the DVD version of his album SEA CHANGE - has been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".

Beck says, "I wanted to apologise to everyone who had either taken part in or been upset by our recent efforts to find the best possible home for Rocket. As too often happens with the best intentions, the plans got tripped up by technicalities.

"We thought we had made every precaution and secured every necessary clearance and authorisation, but it's better not to take chances and just give Rocket up to an appropriate and certified rescue organisation."

Beck was hoping to find Rocket a new home because the furry

creature was becoming "restless" in his company.

11/02/2004 09:23