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The Bunologist June10

The Bunologist June10

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Published by Karen At Boing
June's newsletter features: international local bunny news, Life at the Do Hop Inn, Bunny care video links, Honey loves Mr B, Danger products, Fox alert, Choosing the right litter tray for your bunny, fiction: Clarence the SUPER spy
June's newsletter features: international local bunny news, Life at the Do Hop Inn, Bunny care video links, Honey loves Mr B, Danger products, Fox alert, Choosing the right litter tray for your bunny, fiction: Clarence the SUPER spy

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Your FREE monthly rabbit newsletterbrought to you by BOINGTo join, visit
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June 2010
Life at the Do Hop Inn
Honey loves Mr B
Dangerous mulch for buns
Fox alert
Choosing the right litter tray
What’s News?
Masterchef puts rabbit back on the menu
24 May 2010 - nqr.farmoline.com.au (Aus)GOURMET cooking programs such as MasterChef areputting rabbit back on the Australian dinner plate.The popularity of rabbit recipes is now so high that bunnyfarmers say supply is failing to meet demand. On thestate's largest rabbit farm, at Kyogle in northern NSW – which produced almost 100,000 rabbits last year – thenumber of breeding does is set to rise from 5000 to 7000."We've hit a point where we need to fit out two moresheds," said the general manager of Border Range FreshFarmed Rabbit, Allan Clarke.Border Range breeds its animals through artificialinsemination, slaughters the rabbits and sells them torestaurants and butcher shops in Sydney and Brisbane.The kittens, a cross New Zealand white and Californiawhite, are weaned at 35 days and slaughtered at 77 days.Nationally, farmers produce about nine tonnes of rabbitmeat a week, Farmed Rabbit Industries of Australia says."Production has more than doubled in the last 18 months totwo years," its director Chris Bushell said. "With shows likeMasterChef, they really kicked rabbit ahead."
HELP US STOP THE INCREASE OFRABBIT FACTORY FARMS
PLEASE SIGN our petition – We have reached over 400 signatures but we need YOU
Rabbits are NOT foodhttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/rabbits-are-not-food 
PLEASE join BOING’s Facebook page – 
Say NO to rabbit on Masterchef
 
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=109039065782072 
Rabbits are NOT food! The rabbits used for food are NOdifferent to pet rabbits. They are just the unlucky ones.
Obsessed with Jessica Rabbit
30 April 2010 – HipHopRx (UK)Meet Annette Edwards: a 57 year old grandmother, knownfor breeding giant bunnies, is obsessed with the cartooncharacter Jessica Rabbit. She is so obsessed with JessicaRabbit that she spent $16,000 on cosmetic surgery tomimic the cartoon character.Edwards also claims to have gone on the ‘ Jessica Rabbit’diet by eating salads and cereals to get the shape ofJessica Rabbit’s body.She added, "I've always loved...the cartoon character. I justthink she's a very sexy cartoon, or woman. With curves inthe right places."And it's not just Jessica Rabbit she loves. It's all rabbits,and she breeds real ones in her spare timeHer family thinks that she’s a little crazy, but that’s notstopping her from being Jessica Rabbit.See Annette Edwards’interview about her newJessica Rabbit makeover.Video -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsO60Q1VbuE&feature=player_embedded 
 
 
Life at the Do Hop Inn
By KarenThis month I found myself speaking to a number of peopleabout their bunnies which always reminds me how much Ididn’t know when Dingleberry first came to live with us backin late 2001.Our expectations for a rabbit were very low. Both Nimal & Ididn’t know much about rabbits and all we knew wasstereotypical information about lettuce, carrots & hutches.Thank goodness for the US House Rabbit Society’swebsite!!! (www.rabbit.org)I imagine most people who get their first bunny make loadsof mistakes… just like us! This month reminded me howpoorly we started out with Dingy. She really is lucky she’sstill with us! Fortunately for her, she was 8 weeks old whenwe took her home so she had been weaned from mum.Her younger siblings from the accidental second litterprobably didn’t have as good a start as Dingy.Unfortunately, we didn’t really know what to feed herthough. She suffered a terribly icky bottom from all thosecarrots we gave her, ate her way through several rugs andsuffered many phantom pregnancies until we realized weshould have her spayed.Many of our bunnies now have the benefit of all that wehave learnt from Dingy. After she suffered a lifethreatening stasis episode in 2004, we started taking ourbunny care far more seriously. We almost lost her and thatwas a wake up call to us that we needed to find out farmore about rabbits.This month we also had a few buns that didn’t feel so well.Izzy (pictured below) wasn’t so well as she was moultingand went off her food for one day. Fortunately, shebounced back reasonably quickly.Lulu, on the other hand, was quite unwell for a few days.We were very worried about her. She sometimes hastrouble going to the toilet and strains. It’s very painful forher and she gets very tired. The pain of straining thenmakes her not want to eat, so stasis set in. She was oncritical care, fluids and pain relief for a few days until finallyshe passed some faeces. She was so happy after that andwe are hopeful that she’ll be okay for the next week as sheis booked in for surgery to help her with her condition.The problem is a small lump that sits near her bladder.We’re not really sure what the lump is yet but surgery willhelp to either remove it or attempt to open it up. The lumpseems to cause a blockage at times when Lulu needs to goto the toilet. Of course, we’re worried about Lulu andsurgery but if we can fix the condition, it will help Lulu forthe future.
Bunny care videos
Learn about rabbits on Rescue Roundtable
This video is around 26 minutes but it has really greatadvice & information on caring for rabbits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE6DN7SF5Rs&feature=related 
Rabbit rescue interview on Daytime
This video is about a rescue in California of 400 rabbitssaved from a factory farm. Really interesting & some reallygood information on rabbit care.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAJkTAYTGQk 
 
 
Honey loves Mr B
By Karen ClarkeI have to share a recent magical experience.My desexed female rabbit called Honey lost her femalecompanion 3 months ago. Since then she has made ouryard look like a war zone, constantly digging holes. I calledthe Melbourne Rabbit Clinic and questioned behaviourmanagement - is she going through the terrible 2s? She’snot a good landscape gardener, has a healthy diet, toysand of course, like all our pets, is spoilt!The rabbit clinic suggested a bunny date at the AustralianAnimal Protection Society’s shelter to find Honey a newcompanion. So I called Leigh to organize a bunny date forHoney. We arrived with a donation of bunny vegies whichthe bunnies were all excited about. Honey was nervousbecause she isn’t used to being ín a pet carrier or the car.I wondered how could Leigh choose a date from all thosefluffy bunnies? However, forget Honey, I was in love overand over again with them all!!!!We left Honey’s carrier with the other rabbits whilst Honeywas speed dating. When I went back to get the carrier, itwas full of inquisitive bunnies. Leigh generously gave mesome time to sit and be sniffed by so many friendly rabbits.It was magic to be able to pat so many. A giant rex rabbitsat on my feet and I just patted and patted!It was interesting watching bunnies interact. Eventually,Honey chose Mr B as her new friend. We adopted Mr Band drove them both home for their new life together.At home they both have their own space but they love tocuddle up together. Mr B is a still a little nervous but loveshaving a pat and exploring his new home.
Mr B & Honey share a moment
At the shelter Leigh explained various rabbit behaviours -bonding, pairing etc which was very helpful. I admire thisyoung woman so much. I have a feeling our bunny familyis going to grow!
Adopt your next bunny!
Australian Animal Protection Society10 Homeleigh Road, Keysborough(03) 9798 8415www.aaps.org.au 
DANGER PRODUCT
 
Toxic mulch
If you have a bunny that plays in your backyard, please beaware that many products (and plants) are poisonous torabbits.The cocoa mulch shown above has been found to bedeadly to animals. It contains a lethal ingredient called'Theobromine' and if ingested, will cause death.The product smells like chocolate so it is very attractive tocats, dogs & rabbits.Although the mulch has NO warnings printed on the label,upon further investigation on the company's website, thisproduct is HIGHLY toxic to animals.
FOX ALERT
Please be aware that foxes live in cities &suburbs all around Australia. Rabbits areprey animals and are in danger if leftoutside unsupervised or housed in flimsyenclosures. You may not ever see a fox,but they are out there just waiting for theiropportunity to kill your bunny.A recent alert in Mount Waverley (Melbourne) saw a foxwalking casually up the street in the early evening in fullview of the residents. Foxes in Australian suburbs areincreasing in numbers. Be very cautious & careful withyour bunny.

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