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Heidi the Hydrotherapy Rabbit

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Heidi doing hydrotherapy

When a vet suggested Heidi, a continental giant rabbit with arthritis, should try hydrotherapy, people were skeptical. While other arthritic animals, like dogs, have taken to the water therapy with success, Heidi’s owner, Amanda Williams, was sure her rabbit would hate the pool. But when Heidi was dressed in a life jacket and placed in the heated pool, the rabbit took to it like a “duck to water” according to Williams. After her sessions, Heidi is carefully dried to avoid hypothermia.

Williams is pleased with the results. “She is certainly a lot more lively and is obviously benefiting from this treatment,” she said.

Watch a video of Heidi swimming in her buoyancy jacket at the BBC.

It was the Bunny! Rabbits to Blame for Demise of Neanderthals

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Neanderthal

Mural by artist Charles R. Knight depicting a Neanderthal family.

A new study published in Journal of Human Evolution points the finger at rabbits for the demise of Neanderthals. John Fa of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust says the fall of the Neanderthal occurred when they failed to adapt to the changing availability of prey animals. These early hominids were adept at catching large animals, like dolphins, seals, and deer. There is even evidence from scales and feathers on their tools that they could also catch fish and birds. However, when smaller prey mammals like rabbits became a prevalent food source 30,000 years ago, it coincides with the decline of the Neanderthal population.

One theory is that Neanderthals failed to use cooperative hunting techniques like early humans did, such as surrounding a warren and forcing the rabbits out with smoke or dogs. This inability to adapt their hunting techniques to a changing environment may have ultimately led to their demise.

So the next time you’re trying to catch your house rabbit to trim his nails or take him to the vet, and he’s bounding away, escaping your grasp, just remind yourself that unless you’re part Neanderthal, you’re supposed to be able to catch him.

Learn more at New Scientist.

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: SaveABunny

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Marcy Schaaf is the woman behind the California rabbit rescue, SaveABunny. Fifteen years ago, burnt out from working as a high-level advertising and marketing executive, Schaaf decided to step out of the rat race. She used this new found free time to foster bunnies, and quickly fell in love with the species. Since then, she’s put her work ethic and business skills to work running SaveABunny. The all-volunteer organization has saved over 5,000 rabbits from being euthanized.

Recently, the group was awarded a $25,000 grant from the ASPCA to expand their operation.

To learn more, visit the SaveABunny website.

Denver Airport Bunnies

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Rabbits are taking shelter under the parked cars at Denver International Airport. They are wreaking havoc by chewing the cars’ spark plugs and other wiring. Most people who own house rabbits are quite familiar with this talent rabbits have for destroying wires. People who have parked at the Denver International Airport now face repair bills in the hundreds to even thousands of dollars.

Watch a video about the airport bunnies below:

Lily the Lionhead on the Move

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Lily is a disabled bunny at the North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary. She was fitted with a cart so she can explore on wheels!

Learn more about Lily at the NTRS website >

New Rabbit Books

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

There have been quite a few books featuring rabbits recently published, from fictional works to how-to guides.  Check them out:

timetravelTime Travel Rabbit

Momi Douglas takes readers on a fantastic adventure following an elderly professor and his pet rabbit as they travel around the world and between dimensions. The book is endorsed by the founder of PETA and was inspired by the author’s own Dutch rabbit named Pebbles.

Order the book at Amazon.

sweetiesSweetie’s Song: A Love Story

In this tale for readers of all ages, we follow Fred and Sarah Davis, a grieving couple living in Texas. Their lives get turned upside down when they realize the three toy rabbits they recently acquired are more than just inanimate objects. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund – a 4-Star charity that serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.

Order the book at Amazon.

highfiveHigh Five with Your Rabbit

Dutch animal trainer Bernice Muntz shows you how to train and play with your rabbit. Watch the video below demonstrating the potential rabbits have as trainable animals.

Order the e-book here.
 

Bunnies Rescued from Fire

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Firefighters with rabbit

Firefighters came to the rescue of a Florida woman and her four rabbits when her house caught on fire.  As smoke was coming from the door and front window, the rescue team placed a ladder to the second floor bedroom window.

Everyone was fine, but one of the rabbits was given oxygen through a pet oxygen mask.

For more info: Palm Beach Post

E.A.R.S Finds Sanctuary for Some Canmore Bunnies

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Canmore bunny

A feral rabbit relaxes by the curb in the town of Canmore. Photo by Jon A Ross.

Earth Animal Rescue Society (E.A.R.S.), the group that organized the transportation of over 200 feral rabbits from the Canadian town of Canmore to permanent sanctuary homes last year, is at work again. The town is still trying to manage a booming feral rabbit population which they say attracts coyotes and cougars to the area.  Recently, they have begun trapping and gassing the rabbits.

Susan Vickery of E.A.R.S has found a couple with a farmhouse northwest of Calgary who can provide permanent sanctuary to 50 rabbits.

“They’ve had a lot of dealings with rabbits themselves over the years,” Vickery said Tuesday. “They enjoy them. They know their nature. And they respect their right to live.”

Learn more:

Flat Bonnie’s New Friends

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Flat Bonnie, for those of you who don’t know, is an adorable plush rabbit made for bunny lovers. When you adopt a Flat Bonnie, a portion of the proceeds benefits the House Rabbit Society and other rabbit rescues.

Flat Bonnie

Flat Bonnie’s been around for a while now, but I just learned about her new little friends.  All bunny owners will recognize these little guys.  I present: Oopsie and Poopsie!

Oopsie and Poopsie plush toys

This duo is available for purchase for $12 at FlatBonnie.com.

 

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

After Hurricane Sandy swept through My House Rabbit headquarters in New London, CT, some structural damage did occur.

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Ok actually, that wasn’t caused by the storm. The bunnies happily continued on their normal business of renovating their cardboard castle as the hurricane raged outside. They don’t seem to pay attention to keeping the structural supports.

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But in all seriousness, our area did sustain some pretty serious flooding and strong winds which caused a lot of destruction. We consider ourselves pretty lucky that we live pretty high up on a hill so we were safe from the coastal floods caused by the converging weather systems and the presence of a full moon.

We lost power yesterday afternoon (and continue to be powerless). We also had several big branches fall down, and we wondered if the tree was going to get uprooted and tip onto our house. The pavement by the roots looked cracked like the tree was trying to tilt.

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But all in all, we made out pretty well considering. Hope everyone else on the east coast fared as well or better!