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The Bunologist Sept09

The Bunologist Sept09

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Published by Karen At Boing
September's newsletter features: international & local bunny news, how I came to live with a giant bunny, AAPS shelter update, adoption bunnies, news from the Do Hop Inn, fiction: Clarence the SUPER SPY & the opposite brotherhood, Clarence & me
September's newsletter features: international & local bunny news, how I came to live with a giant bunny, AAPS shelter update, adoption bunnies, news from the Do Hop Inn, fiction: Clarence the SUPER SPY & the opposite brotherhood, Clarence & me

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Your FREE monthly rabbit newsletterTo join, visit www.boingonline.com 
September 2009
How I came to live with a giant bunny
 
Shelter update
Adopt me!
Dear Diary
Clarence the SUPER SPY & theopposite brotherhood
Clarence & me
What’s News?
Alannah Hill stops using rabbit fur
17 August 2009 – Fairfax mediaAlannah Hill’s recent use of rabbitfur on her frilly designs led to aprotest outside her South Yarrastore, a death threat and a torrentof abusive emails.Alannah's nerves are so frayedthat she has given in and will stopusing fur:She states, ''After 4500intimidating and abusive emails,the decision not to use rabbit furAS A TRIM was made for me by the one that threatenedmy seven-year-old son, Edward.''I believe cyber-bullying needs to be addressed and treatedas a criminal offence. Basically, I was intimidated intoconsent.''Gosh, poor old Alannah! Bullied to remove rabbit fur fromher frilly little garments. As she says… it’s ONLY A TRIM!!Try telling the rabbits that!! (BOING)
Latest Guiness Book of Records – OldestLiving Rabbit
11 September 2009A rabbit living in Carroll County in Maryland (US) hasbeen recognised as the world’s oldest living rabbit.According to an article in the Associated Press, therabbit’s owner – Jennifer Russell – received confirmationearlier this month.Heather – the record holding bunny – was adopted in1995 with papers that said she was 2 years old. OwnerRussell believes that now makes Heather somewherebetween 15 and 16 years old.According to NBC Philadelphia, in her prime, Heather wasa “diva”, growling if the cat got too close.
Japanese hop to bunny cafe for relaxation
31 August 2009 - Reuters
Stressed-out Japanese seeking to unwind are hopping to a
 
restaurant that serves cuddly pet rabbits alongside, and not on,the menu.The Usagi-to-Cafe in thecentral Japanese city ofNagoya features everything
 
bunny: rabbit decor, rabbit-shaped toys and dishesmoulded to look like rabbits.But it's the live animals in the room next to the restaurant thatkeep the patrons coming.
 
"They are different from stuffed animals, as well as from dogs orcats. They feel as fluffy as cotton and I feel so relaxed when Iam cuddling them," said Hiromi Ono, a 25-year-oldbusinesswoman as she held a rabbit.Cafes that offer animals are quite common in Japan, wherestrict housing regulations often ban pets. But most of the cafesfeature cats.Diners pay a 900 yen (about $10) cover charge and then 100yen a minute to cuddle one of the 18 “staff”."Bunnies here are taught to be amenable that you can pet andcuddle them as much as you want, and many customers like it,"
 
said rabbit aficionado Naoki Kurata, who set up the cafe about ayear ago.
Scooter bunny
17 September 2009 - My House Rabbit
Biscuit is a 2 lb Dutch with an unusual means of transportation - ascooter.Biscuit accompanies herowner on his scooter while hetravels to work at a producestand. There she becomes thecentre of attention as peoplestop by to say hello and watchher sample the wares.Her owner, Coleman Rogers,has had house rabbits for petsfor the last 17 years. His firstwas left at his house by afriend, and he was soonhooked on rabbits. Each of hisrabbits has been litter boxtrained and cage-free. Biscuitspends most of her time inRogers’s kitchen.
 
 
 
How I came to live with agiant bunny
By Andrew KaighinThroughout my life I have taken home many stray animals.Until 18 months ago the strays I had taken home had allbeen cats and dogs. The only contact I had with rabbitswas through nature documentaries and I thought they wereinteresting in the wild but not very interactive as pets.18 months ago I was working for Melbourne Uni at theWerribee campus for vet science students. After work oneevening I went for a jog with my friend Janine through theparks of Werribee. We saw something run past us veryfast. It looked like a giant rabbit.30 seconds later 2 boys walked up leading a greyhound.The boys asked, “Have you seen a rabbit?”“Is it yours?” I said“Yeah it’s our pet” they replied.It seemed obvious that the boys had released the rabbit aslive prey and I instantly felt protective.“It went that way,” I said, pointing in the opposite directionto the one the rabbit had taken. We all continued on ourways.Whilst I was working in Werribee I would visit the medicalwards every lunchtime to say hello to the animals in there. Ipaid particular attention to the Stray ward where strayanimals were taken to await the ranger and the pound.I walked into the stray ward the next day and sitting in acage halfway up the wall was a giant bunny staring at me.It was the same bunny that had escaped the greyhound.A local Werribee lady had gone out to hang her washing onthe line and found a giant bunny staring at her.The ranger didn’t take rabbits so the giant bun stayed in thestray ward for 8 days. I visited him every day. I moved himinto a large dog cage on the ground floor and everyday Icame and sat with him.He was very interactive and appealing. On the 8
th
day oneof the nurses said “you should take him home, rabbits areeasy to look after.”Anyone involved in the animal industry knows that this is a jinx of the worst kind but I took the bunny home.I started reading about rabbit behaviour and care. A friendgave me the address of a website which I looked up. Itwas called The House Rabbit Society – www.rabbit.org I learnt that rabbits should eat only hay and greens, notrabbit pellets. They also do best in the house with thefamily because they are extremely social and are happiestwith lots of contact. They are easily litter trained and veryclean. The first night at our house the bunny sneezed a lotand then did a series of small fits across the floor. I thoughtthe sneezing was probably nothing to worry about but thefits were very concerning.I went back to the website and found a perfect descriptionof the fits I had just witnessed. They were called binkiesand they are something rabbits do when they are veryhappy.When I called my friend Lizzie who knows a lot aboutbunnies the next day she confirmed that he had been doingbinkies and it was nothing to worry about. The sneezing onthe other hand….Rabbits can get a condition called snuffles. It is a chronicinfection of the nasal passages and as rabbits breaththrough their nose it is a very serious condition. Mr B wastrialed on several antibiotics - oral, injectable and inhaled.He had a tiny camera inserted into his nose and somecontents of his nose grown to determine what bacteria wasup there causing problems. But for Mr B the conditioncannot be cured.Mr B is a happy chap who needs to be treated withantibiotics three times daily. He sits in a plastic box (hissauna) and breathes the antibiotics through the steamcreated by a nebuliser. This is just enough to keep his noseclear enough to breath.When he is not taking a sauna at his day spa he enjoyshanging out with his burrow buddies, which include twohumans and two cats. The nature of Mr B’s conditionmeans that the humans in his burrow can never go on aholiday together which suits Mr B just fine as he is a verysooky rabbit.Mr B & friend relax together(Mr B on the right!)
 
 
Shelter Update
By Leigh MunroAustralian Animal Protection SocietyHomeleigh Road, Keysborough, Ph: 9798 8415www.aaps.org.au veganbunnygirl@yahoo.com.au I’m pleased to report August was a good month for bunnyadoptions and only medical euthanasias. We haven’t hadmany bunnies in this month compared to July, and all theboys we’ve desexed I’ve managed to put together in thebunny area - no mean feat I can tell you! If you’ve ever triedto bond newly desexed and hormonal boys you’ll know howawesome and rare this is.We got a baby bunny surrendered to us just this week (onthe 27th) because he was given as a gift to keep the dogcompany, but the dog wanted to eat him. The bunny hadsomething on his fur that was irritating his skin. They didn'tnotice! I gave him a bath and the next day his skin wasalmost back to normal.Gembrook, featured in the last update, is still trying to loseweight so she can be desexed and go to her new home.She’s down to 4.4 kg from 5 kg so still has a way to go.Please give her "get less fat" vibes!Every month I stress out wondering if we’re going to getbunnies dumped from a breeder we’ve previously hadaround 80-90 bunnies from. His/her MO is to drop them offearly morning in the overnight pens, in banana boxes withfilthy hay, no food or water, and all the bunnies eitherneglected or with some major issue. I think we’ve only beenable to rehome a dozen or so of them. These were the lastbunnies we had to put down (not sure if pictures are clearto see how bad they were). There were others in the samelot who got put down (9 in total) because of ulcerated hocksand bad teeth (rex), bad teeth (white bunny- it's hard tosee, but he had a huge mouth abscess, definitely couldn'teat). We haven't had any for a few months so I hope that'sthe last of them.I'd like to share a picture of a real cutie who is up foradoption. His name is Ollie (above), and he wassurrendered for not getting along with another maleundesexed rabbit.The woman who surrendered him also had an entirefemale she was trying to bond with the remaining entiremale - she didn't even consider the female getting pregnantbecause they were siblings! She said she would bring inthe bunnies for desexing, but it hasn't happened yet, so I'msure we'll get the babies soon enough.A big thank you to Catherine and Michael, and also to Suewho donated $120 combined towards the rabbits. I gotsome very positive feedback after the last newsletter, sothank you to all those who emailed me. Words ofencouragement are very much appreciated!
31 August 2009 – update
Just when the dumping rates of bunnies was looking okayfor August, 15 rabbits were dumped in the overnight pensat the shelter. The security footage revealed who dumpedthem. It was a man, the time was 8:35pm and all rabbitswere left with no food or water. Unfortunately, theregistration number on the car wasn’t visible. One of thebunnies dumped was blind, one had a foot missing and badforelegs, one had severe head tilt, one had very bulgy eyesand one had a massive throat lump. There were about 6rexes, also lops and one giant chinchilla (the blind one) aswell as a couple of dwarves. We wish there was a happyending with these bunnies, but unfortunately there wasn’t.
Harry & Tiana
by StellaI thought you might like this photo of my bunnies. Theylove each other so much.They are very much free range bunnies. They live inside,but can go outside to a cat proofed area through a littlebunny flap.Harry is the white tipped one and Tiana is a grey brownbunny.I have learnt so much from my first experience withbunnies, that bunnies definitely need a friend.Harry is a desexed boy and Tiana a desexed girl. We gotthem from lovely Leigh’s animal shelter in Keysborough.

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