August 31...Tale of a Bunny
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Saturday, Aug 24 at the hay barn ..just past dark early. Sandy the half Sharpei dropped her squealing protester on the dirt floor. On closer scrutiny the tiny objector appeared to be an infant bunny...eyes and ears still tightly closed but clearly aware something was amiss. I plucked him from the ground and rubbed his wet coat dry...pondering my Cracker Jack surprise. I found a bottle of empty ear medicine with a dropper just right...made formula and coaxed my new ward to take it drop by drop. Between feedings he rested in soft cloths on a low heat pad. For the first day feedings every 30 minutes and eventually every two to three hours. Daily he changed...just little triumphs...more hair, more body weight and on day 4 the eyes came open. His personality was coming in play...rooting, snuggling...then grooming. Being so high maintenance I did not feel right asking anyone else to help...so he went to work with me as well. He was a delight and amazed many. On my last day at work the Summer heat was excessive. I placed him in a container next to me on the car seat and with windows down the air circulation was good....traffic moved well...no standing. A few miles from home I gently nudge him and did not like the response...he was too somnolent and respirations were too slow...not arousable...for an hour I worked on him with no good progress and watched sadly as he slipped away. I hate losing babies. I know that mature rabbits are heat intolerant but babies are frequently lost due to chill...and I had been so careful to avoid that...and again, a learning curve...next time I will be wary of too much heat.
While I am sad...I am so thankful of the blessing of the 6 days of his life.