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Dec. 2nd, 2014 06:30 pm

Bunny!

tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
[personal profile] tajasel
Last night, at about 11:30pm, I was walking down the main road for my bus home, when suddenly a large white fluffy thing appeared from under a car.

"That cat has really short legs," I thought. "No, wait…"

Just as I'm thinking it, my friend says, out loud, "That's a rabbit."



So we stop walking, and the rabbit's freaking out because OH GOD HUMANS, and starts running towards the main road, so I scooped it up in my arms and tried to pacify it, because I could see it ending up under the wheels of a bus or something. I realised it was soaking wet, cold and terrified, and my friend points out that since he lives a few doors away we should take it indoors to warm up whilst we call the RSPCA. So we did.

I wrapped him up in a towel and gave him a cuddle until he stopped panicking…



…and my friend phoned the local RSPCA, whose answering machine informed him that they don't rescue animals.

So he phoned the local council, whose answering machine informed him that they don't rescue animals, and he should call the local RSPCA.

I called the national RSPCA, and handed him the phone when I realised that I didn't know his address. He told them we found a domestic rabbit at the side of the road, and they asked him to keep it overnight and take it to a local vet the next morning.

He agreed, and went a rummage in the cellar, before re-appearing with an enormous pan to put the rabbit in.



I went home and fell asleep, figuring that would be the end of the story.

When I woke up this morning I remembered the whole thing, and texted my friend to ask if it had all been a dream. It hadn't.



The rabbit got taken to the vet, who said that they wouldn't taken in an uninjured animal. They suggested that my friend knock on all the nearby houses to find the owner. He decided not to, took the rabbit home, and watched stand-up comedy with it. The rabbit fell asleep.



I began texting my next-door neighbour, who runs an animal sanctuary, to ask if she knew anyone who would take in rabbits. She said she knew someone who could, in a pinch, but my mum said we could look after the rabbit (now named Burton, after the snowboarding equipment company) for a few days, as long as I posted on a Facebook lost/found pets group, to see if anyone would claim him.

So, after having coffee with a friend, I went round and picked the rabbit up, and took him home on the bus.



The cat is pretty perturbed.



Burton is now chilling out in an open-top run in my brother's bedroom (which has underfloor heating) happily munching carrots and some of the guinea pigs' hay.

Mum has pointed out that pets often get abandoned just before Christmas, so it's possible one of my friend or I just gained a rabbit.

What is my life.
Date: 2014-12-02 08:29 pm (UTC)

shanaqui: Me smiling and having my nose licked/kissed by my bunny. ((Me) Bunny!)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
The poor bunny! Do you need any bunny-care tips? I'm only a periodic bunny-mummy, but Lisa knows a lot.
Date: 2014-12-02 08:40 pm (UTC)

shanaqui: Steve Rogers from the Avengers, looking at the Captain America outfit. ((Steve) Suit up)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
I'm guessing since you have a cat he won't be able to run free, but have you ascertained whether he is used to roaming free? If he is, he's likely litter trained (Hulk uses a tray with sawdust in), and that might keep cleaning up after him easier! It's very very important he has things to chew and scratch -- untreated wood, cardboard boxes, etc. He might like playing tug of war using bits of stick or rope.

Btw, this picture? That is a really happy, secure bunny. Clearly he's a chilled out type, which is good, and you must've done a great job with the cuddling and making him feel better!

P.S. I don't know if you know this, but they often sleep with their eyes open. The best way to tell they're asleep is actually by whether their noses are twitching.
Date: 2014-12-02 09:44 pm (UTC)

silverhare: drawing of a grey hare (misc - silver hare [art])
From: [personal profile] silverhare
Congrats on your new and unexpected rabbit! :)
Date: 2014-12-03 04:26 pm (UTC)

scatmania: (Default)
From: [personal profile] scatmania
Suddenly, rabbit.

That's weird.

He can't have come from too far away, some putting some home made posters up on telegraph poles might make all the difference. Also: pets often get abandoned just before Christmas? That's news to me! I'd have thought that it was more common in the months following Christmas, in that "unwanted gift" :-( kind of way. Odd.
Date: 2016-01-22 09:17 am (UTC)

psychonaut: (Default)
From: [personal profile] psychonaut
So what happened? Did you ever locate the owner of the bunny?

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