I love rabbits, this is made obvious by the fact that my fiancé and I own 4 of the mischievous little blighters. In fact I have had rabbits all my life, and I fondly remember the family bun curled up by the fire next to our German Shepherd – very cute.
Anyway, today’s post is a cautionary tale to illustrate that some buns are not quite as bright as others…
Toffee is a classically beautiful bun and as our first (this time around) he was spoiled from an early age. So much so that he is something of a flower. Anyway, we had recently moved to a new house which had a nicely paved yard with a fence all the way around. No soil to dig under and after one or two minor adjustments we were happy that the place was pretty well bunny proofed.
On a normal day:
So one morning when the buns are cheerfully binking around the garden, and we are inside keeping an eye on them happy in the knowledge that they are safe…Well turns out there was one gap in the fence after all, one we had figured was too small for even a little bun (which ours certainly are not). Toffee unfortunately discovered that although the gap was smaller than his body, it was about right for his head.
Long story short, our bunny got his head stuck in the fence, which (funny as it sounds) was very up-setting at the time.
Fortuntely, and much to our relief he managed to wriggle his way out, but only after fracturing his jaw. Needless to say we rushed to the vet for x-rays and bunny sized pain killers and were forwarded onto a specialist for an operation.
The specialist took more x-rays and eventually came to the conclusion that he would heal just fine on his own!
Well after a few weeks on a liquid diet our handsome little bun was good as new again, and is munching hay and nuggets again now. But that’s only after $600 of vet bills (and worth every cent).
• Bunnies heal fast
• Never underestimate a buns ability to get stuck in stuff
• Pet insurance is worthwhile
• Dogs and rabbits can live together in harmony – Although if you have a puppy maybe at least wait until it has had at least a little bit of puppy training first!
Owning a herd of bunnies is a learning curve, make no mistake. They are truly lovely though. I just wanted to share this post with the world as an illustration of the fun and games your buns might cause you.