Monday, July 11, 2011
Goodbye Bugsy, We'll Miss You
I rushed him to my mom, who works with a veterinarian, but because the ride was a little over an hour, he barely made the trip (there are no emergency vets open on Sunday that are any closer.) Unfortunately by the time we arrived, he was already on his way out. I buried him there at the ranch. Sadly, I came home to find that Miss Flossy had finally given birth, but the two babies were stillborn. I felt so sorry for her, I could tell from her behavior that she was depressed.
Lee and I decided that rabbits are really complicated little animals because by the time we notice symptoms in them, it's way too late (it seems that ailments hit them overnight, and once afflicted they go down so quickly,) and we don't live close enough to a vet to save them in time. We agreed that these will be our last Jersey Woolies. No more breeding, no more replacing them. Originally we wanted pet rabbits who could help us out with the garden compost and provide a little wool to practice spinning with, on top of being our pets, but I think a Pygora goat (which we were planning to get eventually anyway) would be much better for us in providing the same things, without the fragility of the bunnies. We are wimps and can't take losing those little sweet fluff balls because we get so attached to them. We might be willing to try some larger, less fragile rabbits like a Flemish Giant, but a little more research is going to be required before we even think about that.
I can't emphasize enough to people who think they might want a pet rabbit: please, do your homework and really determine if they are the right pet for you. They are not an easy pet to keep and are the third most euthanized pet at animal shelters.
Posted by Amandine Mai Hiver at 9:11 AM